∞ Apple to hold special iPhone 4 press conference on Friday

Apple on Wednesday invited select press to a special press conference to be held this Friday in California. Apple would only say that the press conference would be regarding the iPhone 4. No other information was available when I spoke with them tonight.

Of course, the iPhone 4 has been accused of having poor reception by many users that got the device in the last couple of weeks.



  • http://www.rockcheetah.com/blog/ RobertKCole

    Wondering if the Permacel division of Johnson & Johnson (the folks who manufacture Duct Tape) will be co-sponsoring the event… :)

    • Name (required)

      What does Duct Tape have to do with iPhone 4′s lower left band?

      • Jim Dalrymple

        Some people recommend putting Duct Tape on that section to fix the problem.

        • Lord Zeus

          “Some People” including (but not limited to) CNN, Consumer Reports.

          • Jim Dalrymple

            True. I wouldn’t do it though.

  • @Kuma

    I’ve had my iPhone for 1 week. I must have been asked about the grip of death 3-5 times a day since then.

    I have demoed said grip every time. Once I have successfully broken reception.

    As far as I’m concerned it is a complete beat up and non story.

    • Jim Dalrymple

      I’ve tried it too. Look at the antenna section of my review.

      http://www.loopinsight.com/2010/07/03/review-iphone-4/

      • bah

        sadly, at&t does not provide good reception everywhere. You’ll understand why verizon is mocking at&t’s lack of 3g network.

        • Thorzdad

          Truth.

          I also wonder if there isn’t something about iOS4. Just anecdotally, we live in a marginal AT&T reception area, and my wife has a 3Gs (work required) Since upgrading to iOS4, her already marginal reception has utterly tanked. Now, even going out in the backyard to make a call is no longer guaranteed to be successful. Inside the house, the iPhone’s standard mode is searching…searching…searching…

  • Lord Zeus

    …you mean “the iPhone 4 has been accused of having poor reception by many in the press (but not that many actual users that own the device) in the last couple of weeks”

    • Jim Dalrymple

      Or that :)

  • Mister Snitch

    Apple will give refunds to dissatisfied iPhone users. Yet what I’m seeing are lines to GET iPhones, not to take them back. Now, why is that? It couldn’t be because people love to complain, even if they have to exaggerate the actual problem…. could it?

    • http://tewha.net Steven Fisher

      I’m convinced this will be eventually traced back to Jason Chen pushing the story around as much as possible.

  • http://www.buzzintechnology.com buzzit

    haahaha. Good one :)

  • Nigel Marion

    I Would Appreciate Being Of The Press Anouncment Beforehand And If It Will Be Broudcast On The Web And At What Time The Only Thing Is That I Live In Melbourne Victoria Australia So I Do Not Know The Time Difference Between From Where You Are Making This Pres Announcments The Reason I Would Like To Be Informed Is That The IPhone 4 Has Not Been Released In Australia But I Intend On Bying One As Soon As It’s Realese Heare As Long As You Have Figured Out The Problem With The Antenna And I Hope You Will Have A Patch Or Ficmx For It ASAP Thanks In Advance Nigel Marion

    • http://www.visionarymedia.co.nz Hadlee Wright

      3am Local time, Saturday.

    • Upper Case

      Hi Nigel It Would Be Nice If You Didn’t Put A Capital Letter At The Start Of Each Word As It Makes Your Post Hard To Read.

      Hi Nigel, it would be nice if you didn’t put a capital letter at the start of each word as it makes your post hard to read.

      For all those ready to rip into me as some sort of typography Nazi, well, go ahead. This isn’t meant to be heartless, evil criticism, just a polite message to Nigel that his posts will be easier to read with lower case letters in the appropriate places – not to mention easier for Nigel to type!

      Cheers,

      Upper Case. (Who is on Nigel’s case about case!)

      :-)

    • Vamsmack

      As someone who lives in Australia I would like to point out not all of us type in title case.

      Nigel by the time you wake up on Saturday you will know what happened I can only assume you live in Narre Warren or Sunshine.

      Good Day Sir!

      • Sean

        That’s good to know, I could have sworn I’d seen an Australian’s typing before, but I was starting to wonder…

        Are there more than just Nigel?

        • Vamsmack

          Yeah there are about 4 of us which can afford internet here in OZ. I think Nigel stole his internet from a library though either that or a dingo stole his spell checker.

          Really I wonder how on earth he managed to sit there and compose that message hitting shift at the start of every word, that takes some dedication.

  • Name (required)

    $30 iTunes gift cards or codes?

  • Name (required)

    How can Apple keep tracks of free bumpers and prevent people from gaming the system?

    • maoaa

      What a stupid question. You bought an iPhone, you get a bumper. You sign a receipt. Simple as that.

      • http://isthisreallynecessary.com Rob

        I don’t know about gaming the system, but if the solution is to give out free bumpers to iPhone 4 buyers, I’ll be turning around and selling mine.

        • Cris

          To whom would you sell it, if everybody is getting theirs free.

  • Whooizit

    Sources say that at Friday’s press conference Steve Jobs will announce that the iPhone 4 is joining Dwyane Wade, Lebron James and Chris Bosh in Miami.

    • Chuck Robillard

      I would have thought it would join the Knicks in the Big Apple.

  • Fill

    Free bumpers, please!

  • Rnl

    Hahahaha..!!!! Lolz so funny u got me man.

  • Stpnovice

    Well… Will Apple really “HOLD” a press conference or will they have a conference to discuss how to “HOLD” one? Maybe we need to get the memo to Steve letting him know that this conference maybe being held correctly or that it needs to be encased or covered by Duct Tape and not select press.

  • http://www.volitans-software.com Matt B

    It hasn’t been accused of poor reception. Only that reception drops when held in a certain spot. Reception is actually BETTER in almost all cases. I hope Apple addresses this PR mess (and that’s all it is- just PR, not functionality).

  • http://Internexperts.com Mbonham

    Well, I’ve had the iPhone for a few weeks now, and the antenna problem is real. If you’re in an area of strong network coverage, it’s fine. But in areas of marginal network coverage, it’s completely dead. I can literally hold the phone and watch the bars disappear over a period if 10 to 20 seconds. When I then put the phone down, the bars return.

    The design is so beautiful, I hate the idea of putting it in a case, but I think I might have to. I don’t see how a recall makes sense: seems very difficult to solve a fundamental hardware design problem.

    • Steve

      “I can literally hold the phone and watch the bars disappear over a period if 10 to 20 seconds.”

      Is this about bars, or about actual reception? In Steve’s letter, he admitted there’s a bug in how the bars are computed, which will be fixed by a future software update.

      “I don’t see how a recall makes sense: seems very difficult to solve a fundamental hardware design problem.”

      But very easy to correct an incorrect formula in software.

    • http://tewha.net Steven Fisher

      I can kill my iPhone’s connection in marginal signal areas by holding it, too.

      It’s an iPhone 3GS, though.

      This is a complete non-issue.

      • RIRedinPA

        Marginal Network Coverage = AT&T… : D

        Hell, I lose reception in my kitchen, stand on the back deck and it’s clear as a bell…I don’t doubt that there’s some issue with the antenna design on the phone but the greater crime is Apple being guilty by association of staying with AT&T and there piss poor network…

        • Mel

          Is your problem AT&T or could it be the ductwork in your kitchen? There are lots of things in buildings that can cause signal disruption. I have a friend who lives in an old Victorian style house, and gets no reception inside. She found out, while pulling down paneling to redo a room, that all the walls are lined with chicken wire.

  • Sickdeer

    Announcing the new iPhone 4S….. S for signal.

    • http://www.machoe.com Mac Hoe

      LOL, I think it’s too early for an iPhone 4s

  • Dr Wu

    It will start with iPhone 4 issue then Jobs comes out and introduces a new product!!!

  • Rel

    Yea, here we go, I knew the CR article would move them to action, no match for CR, no matter how biased some folks think they are. As usual they’re up to the old tricks…invites to “select press.” One of these days this press ought not show up for their “invitations” to Oompa-Loompa land and Apple will have to learn to interact with their consumers and press a little better because they will have to work at it. I bet this select press is all the media that’s most favorable to them or gets first dibs on new samples to play with.

    Therein lies the problem, invited press. What major company with a brand and reputation to protect invites or limits the number of press for a something that has caused this much ruckus? Apple of course because this groups serves as their press team. Betcha dollars to donuts not one reporter will ask a question or complain that Jobs didn’t take any questions? Not one will write about or say what questions are still unanswered or grill them on what took so long to get to explain what’s been going on? Not one will ask Jobs or whoever is the mouthpiece about the condescending response to a customer who inquired about a valid issue for a $600 PHONE that doesn’t make or maintain calls for those who use the device for something other than games, music and watching video. Or why over the past couple of weeks they didn’t respond to media requests for information.

    Yeah, Apple will come out throw money to keep the peasants happy and will scurry back behind the gates in Oompa-Loompa it’s all done. And this select press will write glowing reports about how well they handled things the day of the press conference. Everything will be back to normal.

    • Capt. Kelly

      Dude, just don’t buy Apple products and be happy. At the same time, leave the rest of us who like Apple products to deal with our own “problems.” We don’t need or want ‘consumer crisis intervention’ representatives to save us. And we’ll be fine without listening to your too obvious anti-Apple bias and windbag rants. Go buy an Android device and enjoy the heck out of that awesome 4G.

    • http://isthisreallynecessary.com Rob

      It’s… a phone.

      This isn’t our nation’s darkest hour. This isn’t a global crisis. It’s a phone. There’s a press conference on Friday. Words will be said, a solution will be proposed. Some will be satisfied and some will complain bitterly (even if the solution is full refunds and free phones for all).

      Hopefully the solution will solve the problems you’re having with your phone. I’m fortunate enough to have one that works fine.

    • RIRedinPA

      I’m grasping as straws here but I get the odd feeling you don’t like Apple…

    • Rel

      Quite the contrary, I love apple because of people like you three: you buy whatever it sells, blind to whatever it does or says and you ask no questions. The perfect set of PT Barnum attributes — all the while my pockets are nicely lined with your allowance. My rant is anger over actions that potentially destroy recruitment of other child-like followers.

      • Dot

        I think we’re having fun. I think our customers really like our products. And we’re always trying to do better.

        Steve Jobs

      • Sean

        Fellow stock owner?

        • Rel

          you betcha!

    • sam wight

      “One of these days this press ought not show up [... ] I bet this select press is all the media that’s most favorable to them …

      Seems unlikely, doesn’t it, that favorable press would disrespect apple by not showing up.

      “Therein lies the problem, invited press. What major company with a brand and reputation to protect invites or limits the number of press for a something that has caused this much ruckus? “

      Apple didn’t get the biggest market cap in tech by copying what other major companies do.

      “[...] about the condescending response to a customer who inquired about a valid issue for a $600 PHONE that doesn’t make or maintain calls …”

      Most of the complaints are about losing bars. I’ve yet to see evidence that it is worse than the 3GS at making or maintaining calls under any conditions. And no one is clamoring for a 3GS recall.

      “Or why over the past couple of weeks they didn’t respond to media requests for information.”

      Isn’t that what a press conference is? A response? One you think the media shouldn’t show up for.

      “And this select press will write glowing reports about how well they handled things the day of the press conference. Everything will be back to normal.”

      If that’s all it takes, then it really wasn’t an issue. I suspect, the critics and haters won’t let them off that easy.

      • Rel

        Yup but a true press conference isn’t one for select media when there’s an issue of this magnitude. Toyota didn’t just invite Car & Driver Magazine, Johnson & Johnson didn’t just invite pharmaceutical press. If it was inconsequential, they wouldn’t HAVE a press conference and they would have simply responded with another Jobs email or posting on their website.

        If it’s not important or a non-issue, why then the sudden “press” event Friday? Because a.) it impacts some, no matter how small the number, b.) it has the potential to slow adoption by non-enthusiasts and c.) finally and more importantly it impacts the share price which is dependent on how they handle “a” and “b.” Enthusiasts like you are the least of Apple’s worries.

        It’s OK to like Apple Sam, but to objectify a company and it’s products seems a little silly in an adult world. Not every criticism is made out of envy or jealousy.

        • sam wight

          “Toyota didn’t just invite Car & Driver Magazine, Johnson & Johnson didn’t just invite pharmaceutical press. “

          No, but (as someone else posted), Warner Brothers, Sony, Marvel, GM, and the president often invite selected press. Unless you know which press were invited, criticism is premature.

          “If it’s not important or a non-issue, why then the sudden “press” event Friday?”

          It is obviously important if it affects the bottom line. We will find out tomorrow if Apple thinks it’s the flaw that’s important, or if it’s the exaggeration in the press that needs fixing. Of course, even if it’s the second, they may have to do something about the first to stem it.

          It’s OK to hate Apple, Rel, but to objectify a company and its products seems a little silly in an adult world. Not every favorable comment is made out of religious zeal.

          • Rel

            And what might they be inviting people to? A launch of a new product, program or movie? This is a “crisis” for Apple, in a crisis you don’t single out specific press or media outlets, you announce the press availability and whoever shows shows. And you do it in a place where media has free access, say a hotel conference center or off site to eliminate barriers to access to the working press, so an invite won’t be necessary to set foot on the Apple campus. Next, you invite everyone, tech, mainstream, business and consumer. Simply talking to friendly press or invite only won’t work, well it works for Apple, again a control mechanism, hence the criticism.

            BTW, I work for one of the companies that you list above IN communications…you have NO idea what you’re talking about.

          • Rel

            oh and that No=KNOW, twiiter on the brain.

          • sam wight

            “BTW, I work for one of the companies that you list above IN communications…you have NO idea what you’re talking about.”

            Pay attention to how Apple handles it; you might learn something useful for your company.

            And if you breathlessly compare a perceived crisis in phone reception to stuck accelerators and poisoned medicine, it’s not me that’s clueless.

            BTW, J&J held their press conferences at company headquarters.

          • Rel

            J&J didn’t CHOOSE what media would be there, they opened the doors and everyone came. Those visiting Apple tomorrow will check in with their invitations, no doubt. Are you that obtuse? You need to step out of Apple’s reality distortion field.

            I’m watching alright and I’ve already seen enough in the 2-3 weeks that have elapsed. So have quite a few other people in the industry. Apple’s handling of this is a case study in what not to do — right up there with BP. And no I’m not equating a phone to an oil spill, lest you connect more false dots.

            http://gizmodo.com/5588146/apples-brewing-shitstorm?skyline=true&s=i

          • sam wight

            “J&J didn’t CHOOSE what media would be there, they opened the doors and everyone came. “

            I know. But on their campus, contrary to your obtuse advice.

            “So have quite a few other people in the industry. Apple’s handling of this is a case study in what not to do”

            It’s a bit early. Quite a few in the industry poo-pooed Apple’s iphone before its release, and even more, the ipad. Now they’re all trying to copy them.

            Stock is down, probably demand as well, but it’s not obvious an early mea culpa and recall (or any other response) would have cost them less. The anti-Apple sentiment grows with Apple’s success, and it grasps jealously at anything to bring them down a few notches. This time it’s working. But I seriously doubt that selecting the media has much of an impact, your expertise notwithstanding. They had to keep the Gizmodo clowns out somehow.

    • Rel

      Sounds a lot like was I’ve been alluding to…

      http://gizmodo.com/5588146/apples-brewing-shitstorm

  • http://ranggaw0636.student.ipb.ac.id/ ranggaw0636

    Why stopping at bumper, free iphone please :)

  • http://theuniversalsteve.com SSteve

    Flush from kicking Greenpeace’s ass, Apple PR sets its sights on Consumer Reports…

  • Ali

    My new iPhone 4 has better reception than my old 3GS, and is the best phone I’ve ever seen. All this hype is ridiculous. It’s manufactured by competitors.

  • http://www.atautocar.com sunnylove6

    iPhone also have security problem, but always support it!!

  • http://twitter.com/britmic britmic

    As even Steve Jobs know, any given reality doesn’t matter. Perception is paramount. There’s no such thing as bad publicity. Nothing kills a bad product like good advertising.

    However, the fact it’s gone “pop culture” (eg references in the BBC’s Top Gear) must have Apple sh*tting bricks – if they don’t get the press reactions they want on Friday to set the herd mentality back on course (the fans always tow the company line of course) then they may lose sales (not that it particularly matters since they’ve obviously shifted millions already).

  • Dj

    I’ve had the iPhone 4 for about 3 weeks. Tomorrow I’m planning on returning it. The signal issue has bothered me to the point where I’m not comfortable even holding the phone. I’ve seen the bars drop to nothing several times. Not my imagination. I don’t want a rubber for my phone so I can practice safe dialing. Even if its free. Also the phone tends to get really hot when I’m using the maps. A bit uncomfortable. Now I’ve gotten the “no SIM” problem a couple times. Lastly, I can’t sync the phone on my Mac unless I shell out $150 bucks for an OS upgrade. This was not made clear when I bought the phone. I love these phones. Simple, intuitive, fast is all I need in a phone. But I think the latest version is not quite ready for prime time. Sigh.

    • Matthew

      I understand your concerns. Returning it is probably right for you. However, on the OS upgrade, the system requirements are printed right on the box…

    • Steve

      $150 for a Mac OS upgrade? The latest version of Mac OS costs $29.

    • sam wight

      “I’ve seen the bars drop to nothing several times.”

      What about calls? Does it drop more calls than the 3GS, e.g.

      • lazyboyrocker

        My 4 seemed to drop more calls than my 3G ever did. I could get the reception bars to do their dog and pony show at will, with the proper grip, but don’t know if that was the reason. Additionally, It would occasionally put calls on hold due to a faulty proximity sensor and also occasionally disconnect calls, also due to the proximity sensor (so maybe I’m incorrectly attributing the dropped calls to what really is a prox sensor issue, no?). Loved the phone (mostly) but returned it to Apple last week and am back to the old 3g beater – it’s 75% as good, but with none of the problems. Will probably re buy the 4 in a few months, but only after the antenna and other problems get the cure. JB

        • lazyboyrocker

          … even though I returned my new iPhone due to its increased dropped calls, I should also mention that my kids 4′s don’t exhibit any antenna / signal problems at all and that neither sibling can recall having any dropped calls over the last 3 weeks (remember, they’re youngins’ and mostly text and surf and game and rarely make calls). Also, I CAN NOT make their phones loose any bars no matter how I hold them (and could easily w/ mine and I bought all three 4′s at the same location at the same time). Weird. I’ll be curious what the old man spins at Friday’s news conference. JB

  • Tony

    well I sat with 4 iphone4 users the opther day and they couldnt gfet squat and my 3gs has full signal…

    so it is true… my gf complains about it all the time and its not the way the phone is held…

  • Russell Bishop

    Interesting, I read that as “Apple: how to hold special iPhone 4″

  • http://Www.ImJustCreative.com Graham Smith

    Steven Fisher: to say it’s a non issue just stinks of arrogance.

    Of course it’s an issue, people moan when something that costs a lot of money and attempts to be the ‘best’ doesn’t work as expected.

    It doesn’t perform to a standard that is expected and demanded from perfectionists such as Apple. If it were some random cheap brand, maybe fair enough, you get what you pay for.

    I expect an apple phone to work. Simple. Being able to replicate the problems at will is not good in any ones books, least Apple.

    • http://tewha.net Steven Fisher

      Any phone has a chance of dropping signal if you cover the antennas. That’s just how radio waves work. If you think otherwise, you haven’t been paying attention.

      • Chris

        Steven Fisher: I have a Blackberry 9700 and I will pay you $1000 if you can come here and show me a way I can hold my phone to make it lose signal. It CAN NOT be done. A phone is meant to be held, and when you can not hold a phone in a standard position to use it that is a failure. You are an obvious fanboy who will parrot anything Apple tells you. Maybe its time you wake up a bit…

        • http://tewha.net Steven Fisher

          Of course it can be done. If you think otherwise, you’re simply ignorant of how radios work. Do some research: the earth is not flat.

        • Sean

          I agree completely. I have an iphone 4, which is almost a great phone. I expect to get what I pay for from a company I deem/deemed reputable…

          Remember, supposedly it just works…

          • http://tewha.net Steven Fisher

            I expect you’ll get a fix soon. I’m not saying there isn’t a problem, I’m saying there’s not a unique problem.

        • http://tewha.net Steven Fisher

          And, to be clear, to make it worth my time you’ve got to add at least another zero to that figure.

  • Oliver

    The problems with my iPhone are very real.

    I have experienced the death grip since day one and it doesn’t have to be a “grip” a stray finger in the wrong place will cause it to lose signal also.

    I have also tested it while in a call and after 31 seconds the call was dropped.

    Very often I’ll find that as I’m browsing the net or typing an email etc… it will suddenly say “No Service” or “Searching…” in the top left.

    I haven’t taken it back as I like the phone too much and if I consciously avoid the “death grip” it is fine but it means I have to balance my phone on my finger tips.

    Anything they can do to better this situation will be a god send.

  • Wvextrem

    I have my phone in a case that I hate. I am waiting on otterbox. It seems to me (although I have not tried it) that you could take some clear fingernail polish coat the band in the lower left corner and be done. No case no duct tape, it would be hardly noticeable if at all. The polish should break the connection that your skin makes.

  • RickInHouston

    Too bad for me Apple isn’t going to talk about my almost-completely-crippled iOS updated G3. Have you seen the youtube video of the guy recreating the original 3G commercial but with the update? My phone stalls continually like that one.

  • http://twitter.com/IllaHendrickshk Sylvia NAIL

    Perhaps they have figured out that the only way to avoid a class-action lawsuit is to do the logical thing and give people free bumpers.

    Seriously. They can make all this bad press go away if they stop denying that there’s something wrong, apologize, and give people a free fix.

  • Eric

    There’s nothing wrong with the design of the iPhone. It’s the design of our hands that’s the problem. :)

  • http://Www.looktotheright.com Noah

    Eager to hear what they have to say!!!

  • Steve

    “What major company with a brand and reputation to protect invites or limits the number of press for a something that has caused this much ruckus?”

    I googled for “invited select press” (-apple), and found some answers for you: Warner Brothers, Sony, Marvel, and GM. (The President of the United States also routinely does it.) It’s pretty standard practice for press conferences.

    “… inquired about a valid issue for a $600 PHONE that doesn’t make or maintain calls for those who use the device…”

    Whoa, did you take a time warp back to 2007? Because the only time when an iPhone cost $600 was 2 months in 2007 (roughly July and August).

    • Andy

      Anyone looking to upgrade who’s AT&T contract doesn’t expire in 2010 pays $600 for the phone. Or $700, iirc, for the 32GB.

      Phones cost lots of money, the provider just eats a few hundred $$ as a matter of course for locking you into a 2-year contract.

  • http://moti-tech-blog.blogspot.com MotiB

    Apple should deliver free silicon cases. End of discussion. Apple would never do that – this means admitting the design is faulty.

  • Paul Forrester

    Are you going to the press conference?

  • Dwayne

    The major issue here is that the antenna is fundamentally flawed in all iPhone 4′s.

    The design of the antenna seems to boost the signal in all areas but if held at it’s seams will degrade the signal. It also seems that users who are in areas of strong reception do not see a effect in their call or data quality but if you live in a moderate or poor area of reception, you’ll either see a drop in quality or no service at all. Maybe a majority of users don’t see this problem because they live in a area of poor/moderate reception, what about them? And of those who live in areas of strong reception, do you feel satisfied in having a MOBILE device that does not work as intended in all areas? The way I see it, if I move/go to a area of poor or moderate reception I should expect poor call/data quality and not a potential brick.

  • http://www.rmpdesign.com Charles

    No one is mentioning the problem with the proximity sensor. This is a bigger issue than the drop in bars which seems to be a perception problem. The screen does not deactivate which means accidental muting, ended calls and keypad tones. This is a major issue – I spend all my time on the phone wondering whether I’ve activated the mute button and am talking away to myself!

    I am on my second iPhone 4. Apple have offered me a 3rd but I have said I would rather wait until the problem is resolved.

  • Dean Lewis

    What a load of hooey being spewed by several people in this thread. $600 phones? Where are you living? Apple won’t admit mistakes and give out bumpers? Why not? They’ve tested things and admitted mistakes with their computers many times over the years and offered free fixes. And all this crap about herd mentality and blind buyers and more, what the hell is wrong with people actually liking something? This isn’t just an Apple-hate thing; I hear people putting other people down all the time about their choices in who they admire, what shows they like to watch, what food they buy. It’s ridiculous, and everyone needs to stop and just live their own freaking lives and make their own freaking decisions.

    I know we live in a world where everything is expected right now this instant, but reality doesn’t work that way and sometimes we have to wait while a company does their own tests, comes up with ideas, and then presents it to us, which will likely happen tomorrow. Can we wait one more day without calling people sheep or idiots or taking the hyperbole so far using woefully out of date or simply wrong examples?

  • TND

    Had the i4 for about 3 weeks. My mom got hers the same time I did, and we both have the antenna issue. It’s really annoying to hold the phone with your fingers off the antenna. Was talking at length with our favorite ATT rep yesterday, and he told me that they’re getting about a 50% complaint rate. So, if you don’t have to deal with this, you’re lucky, but for the other half of us (which, btw, includes Woz), this is a real issue. Heard a lot of quick fixes, most of which involve just having a barrier so you can’t touch that panel (though, i still dropped calls in a case). Got an invisible shield put on yesterday, and haven’t dropped a call since (granted I’ve only made 6 in that time). We’ll see how it goes.

  • Steve smith

    I’ve just loaded version 4.0.1 and signal if anything is worse, still goes down when phone is help also, hope this problem is fixed soon!!

  • Steve smith

    Held sorry not help

  • http://www.atautocar.com sunnylove6

    I hope iPhone 4 do not let us disappointed!!

  • gte959s

    The new OS software update has been released. I am updating my phone now. Hopefully this fixes most things.

  • http://trisr06.student.ipb.ac.id tee are

    I’ve had my iPhone for 1 week. I must have been asked about the grip of death 3-5 times a day since then

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    I found your site thought search engine,I cannot describe how beautifully the slides into the cradle and docks sweetly with the thru connector. Like I said, well worth the premium.