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Apple Addresses iPhone 4 Antenna Issue

Categories: Apple, Hardware, iPhone
By: , IntoMobile
Thursday, June 24th, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Today was supposed to be a joyous day with the launch of the Apple iPhone 4. It’s a sexy phone, the display is gorgeous and we just have a lot of fun picking up new toys. Except there’s just been one big thing amongst a handful of issues: the iPhone 4 has an antenna issue where gripping the lower left side of the phone causes reception to drop or to shut off entirely. This is definitely not a good thing.

There have been plenty of reports and videos online documenting this issue, but many remained skeptical due to the inability of some to replicate the issue. You can pretty much consider the problem real when Apple confirms it by responding to the drama. Whether the response is satisfactory is entirely based on how you view the problem and whether you’re experiencing it yourself. The Cupertino-based company told PC Mag:

“Gripping any 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 Phone 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.”

Oh. Any phone will do it, too. Right. And hey, if it’s that bad, just use a damn case! Or just quit holding your phone in that area. Not a big deal. Right Steve?

There you have it, folks. Apple’s official response to your annoyances is that you should get over yourselves and just slap a band-aid over the issue by purchasing a case, or modify the way you hold your phone to make up for Apple’s engineering failure.

[Via: PC Mag]

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Marc Flores

Marc has been a mobile fanatic for the better part of a decade and has had more devices pass through his hands than he would care to count. Originally from Los Angeles and briefly in San Francisco, Marc now lives in Brooklyn where, unlike Will Park, he longs for simpler times and simpler technology. All the while, he writes about gadgets and wireless technology as he tinkers, hacks and ultimately breaks most of his gadgets in the process. Marc has written about the mobile industry for Boy Genius Report, MobileCrunch, Laptop Magazine and has had his work appear in the Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo, CrunchGear and more.