Problems which have arisen with Apple’s iphone 4 antenna has now left them looking for solutions.
Apple is reportedly hiring antenna engineers to work on its iPhone 4. This most recent generation of iphones has triggered lawsuits from buyers upset because certain grips on the device choke signal strength.
iPhone 4 users have observed that when they use no cover, often receptions problems are experienced. It is believed that this problem is linked to how users hold the phone in their hand.
Apple says that the problem can be fixed by moving one’s hand or encasing the iPhone in a rubber “bumper” frame that Apple sells for 30 dollars.
“Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas,” Apple said in a statement.
Apple subsequently advised users to “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.”
– Some users believe that sticking a strip of tape on the antenna gap can fix the problem. They say that the reception is greatly improved and that the tape bridges the antenna problem.
– Others believe that disabling the 3G function allows them to lose only one bar instead of three, allowing for faster internet connection.
In short: Apple needs to come up with a simple solution and fix this technical problem as soon as possible.
For all Apple and iPhone fans, one can only hope that this problem will not be in the successor model, the iPhone 5 available this coming june/july.