iPhone 4 Reception Solution: Don’t Hold it That Way

A LOT of people stood in line for hours today to get their hands on the hot new iPhone 4.  Yes, I know, not YOU – you rock your Android phone – but we all know that a ton of people couldn’t wait to get their hands on Apple’s newest device.  And if you’ve read anything about it at all, you’ve probably read that it tends to have issues with reception, especially if you…well, hold it:

But good news to those having problems!  Apple has acknowledged the problem, and has offered the following statement:

Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.

Basically, “You’re doing it wrong…don’t hold it that way.”  And just in case that isn’t what you took from that statement…

Note that’s an email from Jobsy himself. I am sure they have the best of intentions, and I will not pretend that this phone is the only phone that’s ever had such a problem, but had I bought one I couldn’t help but feel like they were blaming me when this is really a design issue.

Reports indicate that the cases for sale do actually help a lot, so at least there’s a solution, but it hurts that the only solution is to buy an accessory.

[via engadget]

signal solution, signal fix

  • I thought this was absolutely ridiculous. Your product should adapt to the consumer, the consumer shouldn’t adapt to the phone.

  • KPhar

    Patient: Dr, my arm hurts when I hold it this way.

    Dr: Then don’t hold it that way.

  • Jam0

    I realize a photograph can add ten years (or was it ten pounds?) but Jobs is looking oollddd.

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