Discussion in 'iPhone' started by zbarvian, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. zbarvian, Sep 23, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2012

    zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    Okay, so I was just wondering why my iPhone 5 is getting worse signal in some areas than before. I know Apple supposedly redesigned the antenna for the 4S, and there weren't many issues with that phone, but this phone seems more sensitive than my 4. If I hold the phone in a totally normal grip I am consistently losing 2-3 bars.

    Try holding the phone with one hand like you normally do, wait for about 25 seconds (often it'll drop well before then) and then see any change in bars. Then let go and put it on any surface, the bars come back almost immediately.

    I can't find a way to hold this phone so that I don't lose at least 1 bar.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    LTE or 3G?

    LTE is still being rolled out and so its quite possible that coverage is lacking in your area for LTE coverage.
  3. HowardSmith macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2012
    It is one of the reasons I use a thin shell/case. I see no drop when I pick up my phone.
  4. zbarvian thread starter macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    It's regardless of the service, it's happening right now with AT&T 4G. If I don't hold it I constantly have 3 bars, whenever I pick it up I go down to 1.
  5. Joewat64 macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2012
    My i5 gets abetted signal in my house compared to my 4. My 4 was always at 1-2 bars inside. My i5 has 4-5 bars. First thing I noticed on my i5 :eek:
  6. zbarvian thread starter macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    Great, but that wasn't really the point. I'm wondering if, when you hold it, you experience significant signal degradation.
  7. x-evil-x macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    i dont have that problem at all and i have two.
  8. patternmaker macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2012
    There are few videos on Youtube which show that there is some kind of signal problem in iPhone 5 if you touch the whole backplate of the phone with your hand:

    I tried the same the guy did in the video with my Nokia N9 and it didn't have that signal problem no matter how I held it.

    I don't know how widespread this is.
  9. zbarvian thread starter macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    Okay good. I'm finding that I'll lose 2 bars initially, but then 1 bar will come back. So I do lose 1 bar whenever I hold it, is this the case for you?
  10. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 65816

    Sep 12, 2012
    bars are so inaccurate ! You should be looking at -DBM levels
  11. zbarvian thread starter macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    Where do I look at those?
  12. x-evil-x macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    no i dont. the way i hold it to make a call i dont lose any. Maybe if i covered the entire phone but who really does that.
  13. lordhamster macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2008
    When I try to use my phone inside a Faraday cage it doesn't work. Come on apple.
  14. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
  15. jasonbro macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2011
    You think he makes calls while levitating the phone in the air next to his ear?

    He's obviously HOLDING IT, when he makes calls.

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