WHEN GADGET DESIGNER Apple launched its Iphone 4 it described the design as wonderful, innovative, even magical but failed to mention that it is pants.
It also failed to mention that unless you hold it in the way that Steve Jobs tells you it will not work.
After complaints from early Iphone 4 buyers surfaced, Apple has finally acknowledged that the way you hold the Iphone 4 can hinder the device's reception.
In a statement Apple said that gripping any phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance with holding it in 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," the company said. This is the first time that a manufacturer has ever had to tell the users how to hold their mobile phones.
The problem is that there are two antennas on the Iphone 4, which are built into the steel band on the exterior edges of the device. The one running on the left side of the Iphone 4 is for Bluetooth and WiFi, the one on the right is for cellular reception.
Left handed people will get a different type of reception than those who are right-handed.
It seems that the only way around the problem is to splash out and buy a case for the thing.
Gearlog is calling it the "death grip" problem. It seems that unless you hold your phone the way Steve Jobs tells you, you will suffer from a death grip.
Is there no end to the strange controls that Apple will inflict on its users? µ
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