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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Apple i Phone 4′s Grip of Death

       Steve Jobs, Founder and CEO of Apple recently unveiled the latest addition to the i Phone family – Apple i Phone 4.  The i Phone has always been a much hyped product but this time, the apple fanatics have very little to be proud of. It was announced that when the device is palmed with the left hand, there is an increased probability of your finger blocking a particularly sensitive part of the antennae, there by causing a sudden drop in the reception signal.  Steve Jobs recommended that holding the phone in the right palm while using the device would alleviate this problem. As it is a glitch caused due to lack of insulation between the antennae and the user’s hand, a software patch can’t obviously fix this problem.
       Also, there is a problem with the formula that Apple uses to calculate the signal strength.  “Upon investigation, we were stunned to learn that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong,” Apple said in a statement. “Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength. For example, we sometimes display 4 bars when we should be displaying as few as 2 bars,” the company said. This mistake has been present from the first generation i Phone itself. So, if you were thinking that your i Phone was best at signal reception compared to other phones in the same vicinity, then you’re mistaken.
       Apple said it plans to remedy the situation through a patch that adds an AT&T-recommended formula for checking signal strength. Though the software bug can be fixed through a patch, the “Grip of Death” issue still remains. Users have started a petition demanding that Apple either develop a proper fix or issue free rubber cases that insulate the antenna from human contact. So far, Apple has not responded to the demands.
       Yes, Apple does have an incredible reputation for the quality of their products. Now, i Phone does have many app developers based on  its SDK too. But at the end of the day, a phone is a phone and if you can’t hold it the way you want to while speaking, is it worth buying that phone ??


  1. Every phone has a specific area where the antenna is situated.Whether you are right handed or left handed, you should always avoid to block that area.
    This happens not just in iPhone, but in even lame handsets such as Nokia 3315!!
    So, although some applications might not be as good as one would expect, the huge number of amazingly useful apps would make buying iPhone definitely worth it.

  2. The day Apple unveiled i Phone 4, this is what Nokia had to say. Please do check it out, its worth your time.


  3. interesting blog, i will visit ur blog very often, hope u go for this website to increase visitor.Happy Blogging!!!

  4. Seems like Apple is dedicated to resolve the Grip of Death issue. Free cases for all, Software update to better report cellular signal and a full refund for unsatisfied customers seems to be their strategy. Read the full report here.


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