iPhone users having reception problems are just holding the phone wrong, according to Apple, which have released an official fingering guide for those who want to be able to make calls. The problem is those pesky users who insist on wrapping their fingers around the phone, specifically touching the side at the bottom left corner …
... You're not supposed to USE the iPhone 4, why, you should not even be TOUCHING IT! The latest Apple creation is a THING OF BEAUTY, visual BLISS, eyeotic MAGNIFICENCE! To be ADMIRED whilest worshipping and pondering the BRILLIANCE of the Apple Head: Jobs!
When I showed my boss the original video he proceeded to show me the exact same issue on 4 iPhone 3GS. You don't fully lose signal but you will drop from 5 to 1 bar. So all those feeling smug about owning a 3GS give it a try ;)
Isn't life simple
Ahhhh Steve must have his little jokes....
OK, now tell us how to get HOLD of the REAL iPhone....
Nicked from b3ta
Comes in any colour you want! Easy to install! Only costs $12! *
* Arrives in packing bigger than your letterbox with a CD containing an EULA. Online registration is required to activate this product.
You mean people actually try to MAKE PHONE CALLS on this thing.
Did they run out of Apps to buy ?
There's one way to kill the signal strength...
If you have any doubts that it is a design flaw due to sweaty skin grounding the wireless signal, then stick it in Steve Ballmers armpit during one of his keynote talks. Gotta love Monkey Man to prove a point.
Yes. The antenna comes in contact with moist skin, the skin envelopes the human body and the human body is on the ground making it "grounded". The iPhones electro-magnetic signal is then diverted in to the wet flesh through the human body and in to the ground.
Elementary radio/electrical physics.
Any knowledgeable engineer/physicist understands this, but apparently Apple's paid henchmen had completely forgotten about this. I'm expecting lots of "umm duh" and *facepalms* at Apple, and their PR people quickly instructing Steve Jobs to act like it's no big deal. Steve Jobs tells fanbois to hold it differently and it's no big deal, and they comply and all is well.
Jobs knows he has it good; he speaks, fanbois spend their money and they fall in to line every single time.
"In soviet Cupertino, iPhone holds you"
It's Called ...
... inductive coupling. And any ham radio operator ubderstands it too. And they're, well .... amateurs. Stevie needs a few drones well versed in antenna theory in place of the wire benders he has at present.
Sailing close to the wind
Steve Jobs said something along the line of this issue effects all mobile. If he had made mention of any one particular mobile phone then his statement would have been a direct commercal libel. You can sue over such statements. You can say your product is better than a competitor's (even if that's not true!), but you can't say that a competitor's is as bad as or worse than yours. As it stands he insulted the whole mobile industry, and the intelligence of the many billions of mobile users across the world who know damn well that their mobile will work no matter how it's held.
The Reg has had several stories in the past of stolen mobiles being secreted 'inside' the thief, but being found when it responds to a call. It seems that the iPhone 4 would fail in this operating condition too, though the prospect bring tears to the eyes.
And here we have it. Iphone 4s can't be used as remote controlled dildos. Apple can't have people taking up the Taiwanese Vice.
"If he had made mention of any one particular mobile phone then his statement would have been a direct commercal libel"
That depends on the law and the law depends on which country you're in at the time. And they just ain't all the same as where you live.
Its the moisture sensor
Its the moisture sensor silly.
And now the warranty is expired. ;)
Holding it wrong?
This evidence was provided by engadget is just showing an email between a guy and 'Steve Jobs'. It's clearly a fake. Firstly SJ wouldn't have time to reply to an email that quickly himself and secondly if he did reply, it would be far more polite.
Steve Jobs twitter annoucement anyone?.....
Use it in speakerphone* mode...
and hold it the same way the suits do on The Apprentice, then iPhone4 users can look doubly self important, and avoid the problem altogether!
*It does do speakerphone doesn't it? Or has His Steveness not invented that yet?
I think Apple have actually got this right......(ducks out of the way)
The reason that the signal drops when you touch the antenna is because the antenna is actually working, and lots of RF energy is actually flowing through it. With most other phones you can put your hand over the antenna with little effect because the antenna isn't actually doing much; the rest of the metal in the phone (copper on PCB, sheilding etc.) is radiating too because the antenna is too small compared to a wavelength. This results in poorer performance from the phone because the RF interferes with the electronics, and vice-versa.
Think about it - when mobiles used to have big telescopic antennas atop them, would you have complained that the signal dropped when you held the phone by the antenna?
iPhone 4.01 in the make
Needs to be installed in place devoid of sunlight for optimum reception.
@I think Apple have actually got this right......(ducks out of the way)
Then it's a design flaw to put the antennae in a position where it can be touched - other mobile phone manufacturers insulate their antennae, hence they don't have this same problem (or at least nowhere near this extent).
And isn't it funny how Apple blame the users hand for blocking the signal, yet if you put the phone in one of their $29 rubber Bumper cases the same hand no longer blocks the signal... suggesting the hand was never blocking the signal in the first place, and the phone just needed some insulation on it's antennae - which again brings it back to being a design flaw, pure and simple. The facts are quite hard to argue with, really.
Apple: Cop to your mistake, put some lacquer/insulation on the antennae and replace the (now) 1.7m phones sold (well done on that figure btw, very impressive).
Nokias have the same problem... so what???
Hey, you bought an iPoop so just be grateful that those of us who are laughing hysterically at you and your overpriced toy are generous enough to let you use our phones when you need to make a call. <LOL>
Methinks Stevie should visit The Wizard and get himself a heart. Seemingly Rev. 0.