Better proximity work around: 100% reliable

PeteLP

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As some people have pointed out you can work around the proximity problem by hitting the home button when on a call.

There's a problem with this in that sometimes your face will hit the green band (the "return to phone" region) at the top of the screen, launching the phone app again, and you're back to square one. Not to mention launching other apps and who knows what else.

The key to a reliable work around is RUNNING an app (while on the phone) that has no green band at the top and will never quit or do ANY damage with ANY screen touch.

Here's one that works perfectly:

Shredder. Its a chess program which takes up the full screen, (no green band at the top) and just keeps running like the energizer bunny.

It's been 100% reliable for me as a proximity work around.

Obviously I want apple to fix this, but until they do it's nice to have a reliable workaround. I'd be interested in other such apps if anyone finds one.

Pete
 

PeteLP

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Use speakerphone, that's 100% reliable
That is a good workaround, and given that you don't touch the screen with your face, it's fast and it works well. (And the iphone 4 does have a very good speaker phone) However, sometimes you want more privacy
 

Statusnone88

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Jun 19, 2010
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No proximity issues here either, week 25.
My week 25 phone (32gb) and week 27 (32gb) both had proximity sensor issues. While in all fairness, my week 27 phone is built A LOT better, every single phone has this issue. It's how the user uses it that causes it to flare up.
 

moussekateer

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May 12, 2009
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For every week number build there has been at least one person who has the proximity sensor issue. It's there regardless of week number. These posts saying you don't have the issue are useless. What are we supposed to do with that? These threads are for people who HAVE the issue.
 

saving107

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Oct 14, 2007
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or buy a week 30 build iphone 4. my week 30 build has ZERO......ZERO issues.
I bought my iPhone 4 just 4 days ago (on Saturday) and its a week 30 build and I sadly have the proximity sensor issue, but my work-around is to use a bluetooth headset or my wired headphones w/mic.
 

Drag'nGT

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Sep 20, 2008
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It just responds a little slower. They'll have a fix soon.
I guess mine has the issue but I just put it back up to my head a tad slower to compensate. It is a tad annoying though.
 

Swift Sketcher

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Dec 26, 2007
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Yeah sorry, week 30, TONS of proximity sensor issues. During a call I went from facetiming that person, to putting them on speaker, and editing a contact's name. The fact that I have to keep checking my phone screen every 10 seconds to see or undo any false actions is really botching up my relatively happy experience with this phone.
 

Mademan12321

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My week 25 phone (32gb) and week 27 (32gb) both had proximity sensor issues. While in all fairness, my week 27 phone is built A LOT better, every single phone has this issue. It's how the user uses it that causes it to flare up.
This. My first phone was horrible. This one is a bit better but still does the HANG UP, SPEAKER, HOLD dance. I would love for a jailbreak community developer to release some kind of fix or workaround for it to stuff it in Steves face.
 

maflynn

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I have no idea what week # build my wife has but she's having an awful problem with the proximity sensor. She was tempted to return the phone, but decided to hope that apple will address the issue with a software fix.
 

Deadman64

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I dont have my iPhone 4 yet....but why not simply lock the screen when you answer your phone? I do this all the time on my 3G on long conversations....not sure why i do as proximity works on 3G but...
 

skiltrip

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or buy a week 30 build iphone 4. my week 30 build has ZERO......ZERO issues.
Nope. I have a week 30 phone, and the proximity weirdness is there. Luckily, I naturally don't hold the phone against my face when I talk. I angle it out slightly. So though I see the screen come on now and then out of the corner of my eye, it's a non-issue.
 

PeteLP

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I dont have my iPhone 4 yet....but why not simply lock the screen when you answer your phone? I do this all the time on my 3G on long conversations....not sure why i do as proximity works on 3G but...
AFAIK, Hitting the power off button on top ends the phone call (unless you're using a wired -or wireless?- headset)

Please let me know if there's a workaround for the power off, which would be great
 
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