That is apparently Apple's response to the claims of signal degradation when holding the iPhone 4 with your left hand and possibly covering some part of the antenna. I can actually live with that... really, no problem just doing what I've been doing. OK, so actually their official response was this...

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. 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.

And Steve's response was this:

Just avoid holding it in that way.

So to clarify one thing... no one is saying anyone is holding it "wrong" ... to imply a "right" or "wrong" scenario. People will have different results and will be holding it differently from everyone else.

Thing is not EVERYONE has to hold it differently. Even if you experienced the same signal issues by testing it... that was a TEST. I don't know about anyone else, but I would have had no idea I had antenna issues if I didn't hold it exactly like the people in the videos online. Maybe I don't naturally hold my phone like that, I don't know. But it is essentially a "non issue" at this point for me (like Steve said it was).

And I would actually believe that it is more of a non-issue for many other people too... but once a known "problem" is out there - everyone suddenly has it. Even if you didn't have it before (or didn't know you did) ... you do now!

People are dumb like that. "Hey! If I hold mine exactly like this other guy (which is totally unnatural for me and I would never do when using the phone) I have the same problem that he does in the video! My phone must also be defective!"

Good logic there. Do something out of the ordinary to see an out of the ordinary problem.

Now the fun thing for the news blogs to do is show screenshots of Apple commercials where they're "holding it wrong." Wow... you sure got them good. Way to be.

My favorite part though is that most of the commercials people are showing are of them holding the iPhone while using Facetime... which does not use the GSM antenna that everyone is having trouble with. So ya, call Apple out on holding the phone wrong when they're holding it while doing something totally unrelated to the actual issue. Nice job.

Anyway... I'm loving my iPhone 4 and have zero issues with it. It should be even nicer when my orange Bumper gets here (that I ordered with the preorder before I heard about any antenna problems).

ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “You’re Just Holding it Wrong”

  • Tomas

    June 25, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    “Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance”

    Not totally true. Before manufacturers began hiding the antennas in the body of the device, they had extensible antennas. The person holding the device acted as additional “ground plane” for the extended antenna and improved reception/transmission.

    The three metal bands around the edge of the iPhone 4 are three separate antennas: Cellular, Bluetooth, and WiFi.

    Most current “hidden antenna” cellphones separate the user from the antenna so there is less effect than there is with the exposed antennas on the edge of the iPhone 4 case. It boils down to shielding the antennas in the case with the hand more than disrupting the signal with direct contact of the antenna(s).

    As a right hander who has used phones since the late ’40s, I hold the handset in my left hand so I can dial, take notes, hold other objects, type, etc. with my right.

    The way I hold any of my cellular phones in my left hand while talking on it has the pad of my hand below my thumb in direct contact with, and supporting the phone via the “DO NOT TOUCH WHILE IN USE” area of the iPhone 4.

    My current non-Apple smartphone gets poorer reception than my older extensible antenna phones, but by it’s internal design at least separates me a reasonable distance from all three internal antennas rather than exposing them on the exterior of the case and all but forcing direct contact with the active antenna(s).

    (As an aside, I suspect the FCC’s SAR testing does NOT take into account direct contact with a handset’s antenna, and only measures the radiated microwave energy toward the head. I strongly suspect that if the absorption of the hand directly in contact with the device were examined, the overall absorbed energy would be greater than the current safety limit of 1.6 watts per kilogram (W/kg) taken over a volume of 1 gram of tissue…)

    As a retired engineer, I would seriously question ANY design that used the antenna of a microwave transmitter as the preferred gripping surface of the device while in operation…

    Other than that, the iPhone 4 looks like a great device. 🙂