iPhone 4 Reception Issues – Competitors Take A Jab While Apple Scouts For Antenna Engineers
Apple had announced earlier this week that the company recorded their most successful product launch in history with iPhone 4. According to reports, more than 1.7 million units of the new iPhone were sold over the first weekend.
Despite the successful launch, Apple has had to face criticism following multiple issues that users have noticed on their new iPhone.
Most notably, users have pointed out to the loss in signal reception when they are in contact with the iPhone's antenna band. The issue received widespread coverage after Steve Jobs had noted in an email response to a customer that such issues were a "fact of life" and that the user was not holding his iPhone the proper way.
Not surprisingly, competitors have now been harping on this perceived weakness of iPhone 4 in marketing their upcoming products. In a recently published full page ad on The New York Times for the upcoming Droid-X, Motorola has taken a dig at the signal reception issue on iPhone 4. A message in the ad reads:
“And most importantly, it comes with a double antenna design. The kind that allows you to hold the phone any way you like and use it just about anywhere to make crystal clear calls. You have a voice. And you deserve to be heard.“
Motorola is not alone. In a post on the Nokia Conversations blog, the Finnish giant has cheekily described four popular ways that users hold their phones and claims that none of these grips will cause any loss of signal. Nokia writes:
"We’ve been looking around and noticed there are many ways to hold your Nokia device. Whether you’re left-handed or right-handed, there’s no shortage of ways to hold your phone.
[...]We’ve found any of the four grips mentioned above to be both comfortable and as you can see, offer no signal degradation whatsoever. This isn’t a feature you’ll only find on high-end Nokia devices either. It’s something that’s been a part of pretty much every Nokia device ever made"
With several users having reported problems with signal reception, Apple is learned to be working on a software update to fix the problem. Interestingly, Cupertino is also on the look-out for new antenna engineers for the company's iPhone and iPad divisions. Recent job postings on the Apple website have called for antenna engineers who shall be working on the design and testing of antennas for the iPhone and iPad. MacRumors speculates that these job postings may be related to the recently reported issues. The website notes that Apple's antenna engineers could currently be working on the reported signal reception issues. While the company may be looking at recruiting additional resources to work on newer projects.
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