SAR vs. Design
I guess my view as an antenna designer doesn't count for much in the media world, but here goes:
Can you have a design like the iPhone 4 with a good antenna?
Can you have a design like the iPhone 4 with a low SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) value?
Can you have both?
Antennas are placed at the bottom of modern phones in order to keep the SAR Value down. This is simply due to the fact that a SAR test is from a particular point in a simulated human head. The easiest way to lower a SAR value is to move the antenna as far from the point of measurement as possible, which means the bottom of the handset.
If the antenna was at the top of the phone, the reception issue wouldn't happen, but the SAR value would be unacceptably high.
The Nokia E71 was the WORST phone for this phenomenon, of course Nokia are not going to accept this either.
Not just Apple after all........