IPad 2 wifi death grip / antennagate issue

Discussion in 'iPad' started by C-Dub, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010
    IPad 2 is suffering the death grip issue. I'm used to landscape mode, holding with my left hand. When holding near the speaker grille, the wifi signal strength drops instantly. I guess I never noticed this for the iPad 1 since it was always in a case.

    Anyone else have this problem?
  2. macrumors 68030

    Oct 15, 2008
  3. macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2009

    Not here.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2008
    New York, NY
    Maybe you are just holding it wrong.

  5. macrumors 68020

    Surf Monkey

    Oct 3, 2010
    Portland, OR
  6. Guest


    Apr 6, 2010
    Damn jobs is going to have to give us free cases again.
  7. thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010
  8. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
  9. Gbtex, Mar 13, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2011

    macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2011
    I can replicate this same issue. If I block the speaker corner with my hand, I can kill the wifi signal. I've tested this with a speedtest app and can drop the throughput to zero by covering that corner.

    For now, I am flipping the iPad 180 degrees to keep this from happening.
  10. macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2010
    Please. Every tablet suffers from signal degradation when held a certain way. Just hold it a different way, and you'll be find.
  11. macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    Every small radio device is going to have some scenario where you can block the signal with your body. "Antennagate" should have been over and done with about 100 years ago, the first time somebody touched a radio antenna and lost their channel.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2011
    This is signal death, not degradation. Watch the video in the link a few posts above.
  13. thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010
    Good point! I feel stupid forgetting you can just flip it 180 degrees.... Where the death grip side is on the right side. Now I can hold it with my left hand on the lower left hand corner!
  14. macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2011
    It's not ideal if they're all like that--maybe put the antenna in the middle of the device so there's no easy way to block it while holding it, but it's easy enough not to hold it in a way that totally blocks that one side like in the video IMO.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2008
  16. macrumors regular


    Sep 13, 2008
    Wow why does everyone have to troll Apple so hard?

    You want them to manufacture 'magic' antennas too?
  17. macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2010
    sorry about that. you are right. this is significant.
  18. macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    I've been having this problem too. For the record, my iPhone 4 never had death grip problems. I thought it was just my wifi acting up, but for the last few minutes I've been watching my signal go from 3 bars to 1 bar (but it's actually 0) just from holding the iPad in landscape mode with my left hand. It's cuts off to the point where pages stop loading but once I release my left hand, it starts back up. My fingers aren't really gasping the device. The corners and sides are naturally resting in my palms. Turning the iPad upside down doesn't work for me because my smart cover is rolled up on that side but I wouldn't accept that as a solution anyways.
    Naysayers might want to hold off on judgement as this could be a legit problem. The video shows how easy it is to cut off the wifi. I'm wondering if any iPad 1 owners can replicate this or if it is unique to the 2.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2007
    I can replicate the problem also. Turning it around 180 degrees is only a semi-solution (though I do find with the smart cover rolled up, on a lap in bed it actually works quite while flipped the "wrong" way - other than maybe for a lot of typing).

    I wonder what the solution could even be for this... It's not like you can put a bumper on it like the iPhone 4...
  20. macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    Mine doesn't do that. Yours must be busted. Go return it.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    Yes I have experienced this exact same scenario.

    However the reason I don't see it as a problem, is I do understand that Apple is having a problem learning how to build the proper antenna for it's devices.

    I do believe that at some point Apple will finally figure out how to implement antennas, and this issue will be behind us.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2009
    what he said...

    That is why I have never pay attention to this... Is like wondering whynyou can't see when you cover your eyes...
  23. macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2010
    OC, California
    I'm not able to replicate it. In fact my signal went up when I did it
  24. macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2010
    They can't the battery is in the way.

    I can't replicate the degradation to the degree you are experiencing. I've tried several times, and can only get the wifi to drop by one bar. Connection still strong. Flipping the device 180 degrees seems like a simple and effective solution. I doubt this is going to get any attention from apple. Seems like a non-issue if you ask me.

    PS 20 down and 5 up, that's some good numbers man. Wish we had Internet service with that type of bandwidth here. . . Jealous.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2011
    3G worse?

    I wonder if the issue is worse on 3G models. I have a 3G and have this problem. Do others of you who do not have the problem have a Wifi only model?

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