Whether you are an Apple fan or not, the apparent flaw with the iPhone 4 external antenna gets interesting on many levels – including the tech itself, why it wasn’t found during pre-launch testing, Apple’s reaction, customer relations, and testing by various entities.
It seems that if you hold the iPhone in a way that your hand touches a certain spot on the antenna that are on the edge of the phone, it causes signal loss, and degrades reception. Apple started out suggesting it was a software issue – but has since said that the fix is to hold the phone in a certain way. Which resulted in this YouTube video showing how Steve Jobs and others in Apple ads are holding it “wrong”.
Apparently the problem can be solved by putting the phone in a case, or by applying tape to the offending spot. (Is adding tape the equivalent of taping your glasses?)
One enterprising person is selling iTape, stating that the proceeds are going to charity.
There have been suggestions that there should be a recall, or that Apple should offer free cases, or that its not important enough to worry about.