The iPhone 4 is defective by design ... get used to it!


The issue might not affect everyone, but those affected by the iPhone 4 “grip of death” problem need to understand that the design flaw isn’t going to be solved by something as simple as a software update. There’s little doubt that the iPhone 4 (or at least some handsets under certain signal conditions) suffers from signal degradation when the handset is held “the wrong way” (specifically, in the left hand where a finger can bridge the gap between the two halves of the antenna which forms part of the chassis). Plenty of testing has been done and for the skeptics out there there is video evidence. The problem undoubtedly exists. Last Friday Apple published a letter to iPhone 4 owners which basically amounts to little more than a bunch of weasel words. It was released the Friday before the July 4th weekend (in the hope that it would be buried quickly), and basically reframes the problem as an one that affects other handsets, and being a carrier issue (in other words shifting the blame to AT&T) rather than an Apple issue. Then there’s a load of waffle about the algorithm controlling the signal strength meter being flawed

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The iPhone 4 is defective by design ... get used to it!