Thursday, June 24, 2010

What is the right way to hold the iPhone 4

The Problem. The iPhone 4 seems to loose it's network when gripped in the lower left corner which covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band. This is because that is exactly where the antenna is embedded.

The Solution. According to Steve Jobs is to stop holding it that way. Essentially telling users to stop gripping the phone in the lower left hand corner. Change the way you hold you phone and things should improve. The problem maybe with it's design, the antenna should have been positioned and placed better. Rather than asking users to hold it differently. And if that is not possible then just get yourself a case and the network would be better. What the case would be is break contact with your flesh and thereby improve the signal. Since it's the notch there on the lower left corner that needs to be left alone. 

The company has also issued a statement regarding the network issues.

Gripping any mobile 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 iPhone 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.

[Image Courtesy: Apple]

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