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Apple fails to fix Iphone 4 antenna for Verizon

Can't keep a faulty design down
Wed Feb 09 2011, 12:22

JUST HOW LONG does it take for Apple to fix an antenna? That is the question Verizon Iphone 4 users must be asking after finding that the problems that plagued the device at launch over six months ago still persist.

Apple started flogging the CDMA Iphone 4 on Verizon last week and, not surprisingly, it was snapped up by fanbois who had been waiting patiently for Jobs' magical creation to land on their mobile network. Now it seems the wait has been in vain, with reports surfacing that the infamous 'death grip' problem is still there, even after Apple made minor changes to the Iphone 4 antenna design.

Both GSM and CDMA versions of the Iphone 4 have a radically designed external antenna, which looks great but has caused Apple nothing but grief. After widespread reports that the GSM Iphone 4 would lose reception if held, Apple was forced to come up with some guff about how IOS incorrectly calculated reception levels as an excuse for a fundamental design fault, and offered fanbois a rubber band to accessorise their shiny toy.

However it seems that six months and a minor redesign weren't enough for Apple to bury antennagate. Verizon Iphone 4 users are finding that both CDMA and WiFi connectivity are affected by users holding the device. Videos demonstrating the issue have also been posted.

Verizon users can expect little sympathy from Apple. Even after the widespread uproar over the GSM Iphone 4 antenna problems, Apple never publicly admitted that its designers simply got it wrong. Shortly after antennagate broke, Apple posted a vacancy for an antenna engineer, but one would hope this wasn't an example of their handywork.

So just how long will it take Apple to fix an antenna? Probably until fanbois stop buying broken Iphones. µ



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