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As noted by Engadget, Apple has been busy posting job listings for engineers to work on design and testing of antennas for the company's iPhone and iPad. While Apple typically posts a number of new job listings each day, the fact that the company has posted a total of eight antenna-related positions over the past two weeks naturally leads to speculation that it is beefing up its staff to investigate and deal with signal issues being experienced by iPhone 4 users.

The eight job listings comprise three separate job titles, with the most relevant being three "Antenna Engineer - iPad/iPhone" positions. The three listings, all posted on June 23rd, are looking for individuals with a high level of qualification including 10+ years of experience in RF technology and a preference for PhD-level training.
Responsibilities: Define and implement antenna system architecture to optimize the radiation performance for wireless portable devices. The candidate should be able to design antennas suitable for wireless handheld devices with excellent radiation performance, including TRP, TIS, SAR, and EMC. Work closely with other RF and antenna design engineers, mechanical and industrial designers, and EMC engineers to integrate the antenna design in our products.
Also posted on June 23rd were two listings for "iPhone OTA Wireless Systems Engineer" to focus on validation of antenna radiation performance. And just one week earlier, the company posted three listings for " RF Systems Validation Engineer iPhone" positions also focused on testing the iPhone's RF systems, noting that "as we add more and more capabilities to the iPhone, testing the radios becomes more and more complex."

It is unclear exactly what role these new hires might play in addressing the current issues, as it typically takes some time for a hiring process to run its course and new employees to arrive and get up to speed. The job listings could suggest, however, that the company is looking to bring on additional hands to work on designs and testing for future models as some of the unit's staff is absorbed in addressing issues with the current model.

Article Link: Apple Beefing Up iPhone and iPad Antenna Engineering Staff
 

tyemoe

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Jun 17, 2010
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Get it fixed

Let's hope they are coming up with a fix for the iPhone for reception problem...Rochester, NY has loss of signal with hand on left bottom corner.
 
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carmenodie

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Apr 25, 2008
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this could have been prevented if Apple stayed with the basics and not try to be all "FANCY". Just like their past laptop hinges, this is the same problem. Crap!
Steve Jobs better watch his a** or he'll end up kicked out of Apple. Unlikely but I had to say it cause it was boiling on the tip if my tongue.
I'm still getting the iphone 4.... AND A DAMN BUMPER!!!
 
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-=XX=-Nephilim

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Feb 1, 2009
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Glad this news made it to the site!

1st bumper cases out of the blue and now number of "antenna jobs" means only one thing... Skip iPhone 4 and possibly get iPhone 5 next year :)
 
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franswa za

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Mar 24, 2010
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Glad this news made it to the site!

1st bumper cases out of the blue and now number of "antenna jobs" means only one thing... Skip iPhone 4 and possibly get iPhone 5 next year :)

i agree, iphone 5 will be perfect, naked without a damn bumper

hardware/design flaws cannot be remedied by software fixes

ps- So glad iphone 4 is not available in south africa yet................
 
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EnigMoiD

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Aug 10, 2007
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Shouldn't Apple have hired the antenna engineers before they released their problematic "revolutionary" antenna to the world? I guess that's just not the way Apple does things...
 
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Faelyn

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Jun 25, 2010
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They needed new people after firing the old guys that designed the iPhone 4's antenna system. :D
 
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rellimie

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I just want to say that I got my new iPhone yesterday and love it. I usually hovered around 3 bars everywhere I went and now it's been a solid 4 to 5 in those same places.

I have tried like he'll to recreate the signal issues that have been reported but I can't. I held the phone as shown for 20 mintutes and it never dropped below 4 bars. I have no cases or anything on my phone. Does this just happen where AT&T signal is weak?
 
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dmelgar

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I just want to say that I got my new iPhone yesterday and love it. I usually hovered around 3 bars everywhere I went and now it's been a solid 4 to 5 in those same places.

I have tried like he'll to recreate the signal issues that have been reported but I can't. I held the phone as shown for 20 mintutes and it never dropped below 4 bars. I have no cases or anything on my phone. Does this just happen where AT&T signal is weak?
It is dependent upon location, either a weaker signal or carrier using a different frequency.
 
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