When I yesterday wrote the story: iPhone 4 Bumpers prevents dropped Calls, I did not think that will be really the official Apple solution to the iPhone 4 reception problem. Apple just confirmed to Engadget that holding the iPhone 4 and bridging the gap in the frame is a known issue.
Apple's solution is to avoid holding the iPhone 4 like that, which is really not that easy or get an iPhone 4 Bumper or case.
Steve Jobs also responded to a customer email asking how Apple is going to fix the reception issue with his signature one liner answers: "Just avoid holding it in that way."
Well, this sounds lame and is actually lame. This image says it all (via Reddit). Yes, there are other phones that loose signal depending on how you hold it, but we talk iPhone here - almost as magic as the iPad.
So why did Apple not find a design that avoids touching the gap in the frame? They could have placed a plastic stripe over it. If a Bumper fixes the issue Apple could have just covered the side with the gap with some insulating material. Of course the iPhone 4 would maybe look less sleek, but come on, if I have to think on how I hold the phone to make a call or put it inside a case then design needs to indeed follow function.
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