Did IPhone 4 Ship With A Huge Faulty Reception Glitch?

Posted: Jun 24 2010, 12:36pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 9:58pm CDT, in News | Apple


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There's a glitch so blatant and wide-sweeping with the iPhone 4 that users are just now getting their hands on, that it's leaving many people to wonder how Apple could have possibly shipped out the device with the error - which causes problems just from users holding the phone.
The antenna of the iPhone 4 is built into the metal casing along the side of the phone. The touch of human skin causes an instant reaction to the reception of that antenna.

Videos on YouTube and user reports on numerous tech sites including Wired and Gizmodo confirm that when the iPhone 4 is just sitting on a table in a good reception area, multiple signal bars will be displayed.

However, if the users touches the edge of the phone, which is after all the most practical way to hold a phone, the signal will almost immediately fade... at least, it will appear to.

Wired is reporting that it is merely a display issue, because the graphic on the iPhone 4 only shows the strongest signal that can be picked up, and the antenna is somehow losing its ability to track that one signal.

However, the phone still picks up whatever kind of signal it can, and thus it is possible to make phone calls even though the device may show that there is no reception.

Sound confusing? Yeah, well, welcome to the world of early adopters. It's still bizarre that Apple would ship such a high-profile device with that kind of bug, even if it is just something with the phone's display graphic and can be patched with a firmware update.

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