Antennagate?

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  1. zbarvian, Sep 23, 2012
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    zbarvian macrumors 68010

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 68030

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    i dont have that problem at all and i have two.
     
  8. patternmaker macrumors newbie

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    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:

    http://youtu.be/aPVrlHwRcwk

    http://youtu.be/d0rv2qlSzL8

    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

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    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

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

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    Where do I look at those?
     
  12. x-evil-x macrumors 68030

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    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 6502

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

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  15. jasonbro macrumors regular

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    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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