Biochemist Believes Dirty Hands, Not Software, Cause of iPhone 4 Problem

As Apple prepares to release a software update it claims will “fix” the way the iPhone 4 displays signal strength, a biochemist is offering a different theory on why iPhone 4 users are experiencing antenna related problems.

According to Wired Magazine’s Epicenter blog, “a post-doctoral biochemistry fellow at a leading American university claims that dampness and naturally-occurring salts on the hands of the general populace help them form a better connection with the iPhone 4’s exposed antenna than the clean hands of testers in Apple’s sterile lab environment would have done.” This theory explains why certain users have experienced the problem, while others, including Apple technicians, who wash their hands before using the device do not. Furthermore, it confirms our belief that Apple’s software update will not resolve the iPhone 4’s fundamental design defect.

“Apple’s explanation for iPhone 4 signal reception problem is inaccurate at best, and disingenuous at worst,” reads an e-mail the biochemist has sent to Steve Jobs and other Apple staffers. “In summary, this is a problem of electrochemistry, and certainly NOT a problem of software design, nor one that can possibly be solved by a software update.” Instead, he offers a simple, cost-effective solution involving “spraying a thin, dampness-blocking coating on the metal antenna.”

If true, this provides further evidence that Apple rushed this device into production without proper and extensive testing. As the biochemist proposes, Apple should consider hiring a chemist to its staff.

If you own an iPhone 4, and are interested in participating in our lawsuit against Apple and AT&T, please email me at I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,

Dan Ward

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