Forget the antenna issue! The Proximity sensor is a way worse problem

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jra81984, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. jra81984 macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2009
    The antenna issue is not a problem for me, I have tried to replicate it numerous times with no result.

    My problem is with the proximity sensor. There arent as many people complaining about it, but I think its a pretty serious issue. I was on the phone with my girlfriend last night, and I must have hung up on her or pushed buttons at least over 5 times.

    if apples were to address an issue I think that one in particular should be first priority. I fear the moment I am on an important call and my cheek hangs up the phone. It has nothing to do with my positioning either because it happens constantly.
  2. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    I know what you mean. I'm with you. I have the same issue.

    But the reason it's not being discussed is that, even though we aren't alone with this issue, it's MUCH less common than the reception issues.
  3. willcodejavafor macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2007
    This is probably the reason behind most dropped calls people are reporting. :)

    It's such a shame since it is so much better than my old 3G one.
  4. army91c macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
  5. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
  6. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    Ahh. So that's why the phone went to "mute" without me selecting it -- proximity sensor. It also tried to start a FaceTime session on one occassion.

    I was blaming it on my superior facial bone structure. In the words of our fearless leader, "It's a non issue." and "You are holding it wrong."
  7. Ferris23 macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007
    I agree that this is a problem that trumps the antenna "issue"

    Mainly because if my signal is anything but crappy I have no antenna issue, but the prox sensor is acting like a finicky little pain in the ass.

    At least we can be pretty sure that this bug IS software related.
  8. Ferris23 macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007
    I'm not sure it's less common, I just don't think people are noticing or paying attention to it nearly as much.
  9. Iphonelvr macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2008
  10. londondude macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2007
    ha ha i have pressed the mute button about 10 times. so I get people saying "hello, hello". it is annoying and i dont have issued with the antenna so much.
  11. MikeTheVike macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2009
  12. spookme macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2009
    Glad to read

    I'm glad to see this thred. Ive noted that on a large number of occastions I keep catching the FaceTalk button which causes all sorts of problems, usually because the other person cant use factalk.

    I have also had the mute situation.

    I have to say that for the most part I am pretty dissapointed with this new phone, but do reside myself to the point that in todays world this is the price we pay for being the first to have something. whilst I dont agree with it at all, I think its just the case.
  13. Iphonelvr macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2008

    Well as a member since 2008 who only posts when I have something relevant or positive to say I kinda enjoy the energy, excitement and information that the newbies bring to this forum. You were a newbie once.

    I just dont understand the people here that just read post looking for the chance to make a smart remark.

    If you are not interested in the tread just move on to the next. " Dont be a D*** " :apple:
  14. HaroldC macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2006
    While I am relieved that others are also experiencing this problem, I'm not happy that it's a problem in the first place. I got lucky and have no reception issues, but yesterday got "disconnected" 3 times on one phone call. It was strange since there was no error only the call list, which is usually only there when I have ended a call.

    Now I just hold the phone away from my cheek. Patiently waiting for a fix......
  15. charltonx macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2008

    Well said
  16. Rooftop voter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 26, 2010
    Same here. Hopefully it gets fixed soon. This is worst than the antenna issue for me.
  17. techwarrior macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
    I have resolved two issues since receiving my iP4, I put it in a case which has resolved signal attenuation. I also restored to factory and started fresh to resolve proximity sensor issues.

    I realize these are problematic solutions for many, but they have been effective for me.
  18. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    I would agree, if you have a prox. issue many of your phone calls will be filled with problems. They should fix that ASAP.
  19. DuckSoup macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2008
    Upstate Central NY

    You already have the fix. Don't press the phone against your cheeck. It's really not hard to do.
  20. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    That's not a fix. I shouldn't have to change the way I have been holding my phone for over a decade, just because the proximity sensor isn't working properly. Sure it could be considered a temp solution, but something definitely needs to be done.

    The thing that confuses me is thus far I have been unable to replicate the issue while testing it. The sensor seems to be working perfectly when I am looking for it.
  21. Munitalp macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2007
  22. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    you must be very lonely...
  23. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
  24. Pattycerts macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2007
    I've read several times that a database reset fixes this problem. Can you guys try it and see if it works?

    Settings- General- Reset- Reset All Settings

    I did this after I restored (always do)and have had no problems at all w/the sensor, and a few others claim to have done this and it fixed the problem. Takes a minute, you'll just have to readjust your email intervals, ringtones, etc. when its done.
  25. Apollo 13 macrumors 6502a

    May 29, 2010
    most Iphone users barely use their cell phone to talk, so you won't see them complaining about this issue much. With the reception issue more ppl are complaining about it because it doesn't only happen when you talk. You can be holding your phone to mess around with apps or in the browser and lose your signal. On top of that all the media have been all over it. Though Engadget just wrote an article about the proximity sensor.

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