Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Jul 2010 19:04 UTC
Apple So, the iPhone 4 has been out for a while, and is getting mostly pretty good reviews - there's one major sore spot, though. Apple made this hoopla about their fancy antenna thingie, but as it turns out, this thingie is kind of a design flaw, causing signal loss (and dropped calls) for some people. Despite downplaying by Steve Jobs himself, AnandTech has done a thorough investigation, and they've found out that the problem - which affects every mobile phone - is a whole lot worse on the iPhone 4 due to the new antenna. At the same time, however, the iPhone has much better reception in low signal situations. What?
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I get the feeling this is Jobs' fault
by coreyography on Fri 2nd Jul 2010 01:00 UTC
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OK...how many times has anyone seen antennas _intended_ to be used while touching the body (i.e., DC-coupled to it)?

I can't think of any. There's a reason for that.

I suspect his RF engineer told him that these external metal antennas, placed right where people would be holding the phone, would be a bad idea.

And I suspect that Jobs replied, do it anyway, it looks cool, or something to that effect.

His contradictory emails appear to be just denial that he was wr---wrrr----wrr----rrrr....

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