iPhone 4S Wifi Deathgrip

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  1. zigzagable, Nov 13, 2011
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    zigzagable macrumors member

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    hey guys check this out. im curious if anyone else can replicate it

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fhhgx3KO0ec

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    the only reason i posted this was because i was CURIOUS! im not trying to make a big deal out of it and turn it into a catastrophe. i know its not a big deal if the you lose one bar of signal. i just wanted to see if other people could do it or if it was just a coincidence.

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  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    You won't get free bumpers from this. On the 4S, the WiFi antenna is internal, roughly an inch below the camera. I can get my 3Gs to do this and my 4S. My iPod Touch 1G and 2G do this when covering the plastic hole on the back. Nothing new.
     
  4. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

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    Let's not. Let's just use our phones normally and get on with our day.
     
  5. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a

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    Tried it on mine. No change in signal at all. He was probably far enough away from his base station that it was close to a two bar zone. Then covering that portion of the antenna slightly attenuated the signal enough to drop it down a little closer than normal.
     
  6. SilentLoner macrumors 65816

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Wow one bar lol
     
  7. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Seriously another of these threads? Hey guys, if I put my iPhone in water I can't get a wifi signal.... Or get it to power up at all....
     
  8. steve-p macrumors 68000

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    Well, kind of. I can make it drop one bar by holding it across the top, touching the join between the bands, and the top band. However it's not a position anyone would ever hold it, I don't think, so not much of an issue. I am close to the router so it's not a low signal issue.
     
  9. zigzagable thread starter macrumors member

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    i've tried this in multiple locations with the same result though
     
  10. TM WAZZA macrumors 68000

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    I can't replicate this. Maybe because I have a skin on the antenna band.
     
  11. zigzagable thread starter macrumors member

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    thats probably why. i believe you have to bridge the two bands together and/or coverup the black line.
     
  12. Intell macrumors P6

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    The bands on the iPhone 4S have nothing to do with WiFi. They are for cellular/GPS use only. The iPhone 4S' WiFi antenna is internal.
     
  13. steve-p macrumors 68000

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    I'm sure that's true but nevertheless touching the top band while bridging both the two top side gaps causes the WiFi signal to drop. I can make it happen every time now, not that it makes any difference to anything. It's an academic exercise.
     
  14. zigzagable thread starter macrumors member

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    well whatever the reason is, the signal drops when that action is performed. thats all im tryin to put get across
     
  15. Jimbo47 macrumors 6502a

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    I can get mine to flucuate from full signal to 2 "bars", but it won't go any lower.
     
  16. zigzagable thread starter macrumors member

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    if its originally at 2 bars though, you can get it to go to 1
     
  17. PhoenixMac macrumors 65816

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    It happens through my case so I don't believe free cases would be a fix
     
  18. Sir Ruben macrumors 65816

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    Yep sorry to break it to you antennagate fans but the wifi antenna is inside the phone on the opposite side to the rear facing camera, so licking the external band (or whatever you kids are doing these days) has nothing to do with the wifi antenna at all. Sorry :(
     
  19. zigzagable thread starter macrumors member

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    i don't care if the wifi antenna was outside the phone in a little pouch...that fact is, if you perform the actions above, you lose one bar of wifi signal. and its not a coincidence because it can be performed in different locations and/or by other people and get the same result
     
  20. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a

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    If I put my phone in a steel box the signal drops!!! OMG!!!
     
  21. jclardy macrumors 68040

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    Just tried it and I got it to go down one bar.

    Just don't hold your phone by the top.
     
  22. 0r30 macrumors 6502

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    I was able to replicate it. Drops down one bar.
     
  23. cababah macrumors 68000

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    OMG OMG when I hold/touch/tap my iPhone in a way that I never actually would in normal use, it does [insert anomaly here]!!!!!!

    Help! Police! Murder! Conspiracy! Rape, etc
     
  24. EmbraceTheOne macrumors 6502a

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    Worked for me. (Lost a bar).
    But not really a big deal.
     
  25. jephersun macrumors member

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    Does this really matter? Do people really hold their phones like that when using it?
     

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