iPhone 4 Reception Fix
Apple has issued a statement regarding the iPhone reception problem that some users are reporting with iPhone 4:
“Gripping any 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 Phone 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.”
This statement was provided to PC Magazine about the issue, and includes the following suggestions to fix the iPhone reception:
- Do not grip the iPhone 4 in the lower left corner in a way that connects the two black strip antennas
- Use a case for iPhone 4
As you’ll note in the comments below, users speculate this is due to the signals from both of the iPhone antennas being interrupted by one another. Apparently the reception difficulties are exacerbated by moist or sweaty hands, so if you have sweaty hands and you are holding the lower left corner of the iPhone in such a way that the black antenna bands are covered/connected, you are more likely to see reception problems.
Apple’s other suggestion of buying a case to remedy the problem has frustrated some iPhone owners. Many user reports indicate that Apple’s official bumper cases work wonderfully to halt all the reception difficulties, but there’s practically unlimited cases out there for iPhone’s so finding one certainly won’t be difficult.
It’s very important to note that not all iPhone 4 users are effected, as you can see in the videos posted yesterday about the iPhone 4 reception problems, many people can replicate the exact handling and have no issue at all.