The launch of Apple’s much anticipated iPhone 4 is fast turning into a debacle, with users discovering all manner of unwanted extra features, not least of which is the fact that the phone loses signal if held incorrectly, a problem which Apple blames on users…
The problem apparently stems from Apple’s decision to incorporate the unit’s antenna into the metal sides of the device, which results in signal problems if held in certain ways – proud iPhone users show off just how easy it is to activate the feature below:
(the signal strength icon is in the top left)
Workarounds include “not holding the phone that way” or buying a rubber cover, which Apple coincidently happens to sell for a mere $30.
Apple’s saintly boss Steve Jobs brushes off the issue completely:
“Non issue. Just avoid holding it in that way.”
Apple’s PR machine is contemptuous of the fools who mishandle its product:
“Gripping any 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.”
Except any non-iPhone 4, it would seem.
Other even less fortunate users have been reporting yellow splodges on their screens: