Apple’s newest and shiniest toy, the iPhone4, was met with rave reviews by the media, and Apple has managed to sell more than 1.7 million iPhone4’s since its June 24th release.
Unfortunately, it appears that the iPhone4 may suffer from a serious design flaw that results in substantial signal attenuation and/or dropped calls if you hold your phone in such a way that interferes with the iPhone4’s antenna(e). Because of the design of the phone, it is virtually impossible to hold the phone (as sold) without touching the antenna(e). There is an excellent video demonstrating this problem HERE.
Apple’s original response (from Steve Jobs himself) was simple — “Just avoid holding it that way”. Apple has since revised this position, and recognized that there may be a problem. Gizmodo.com has a good overview of Apple’s reaction to this problem HERE.
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