Is the signal thing due to skin? Will case resolve it?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by btownguy, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. btownguy macrumors 6502a

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    I can totally reproduce the signal issue in those videos. Hold the phone in my hand...bars slowly drop from 5 to 1. Pinch the phone touching only class, slowly returns to 5 bars. So, all you EE types...is this due to human skin touching the antennas? Will a rubber case (or bumper) resolve the issue?
     
  2. viraldesign macrumors newbie

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    its a software issue, it currently happens on my iPhone 3G right now. I'm not sure what causes it, but I tried it and it happened.
     
  3. eatbacon macrumors regular

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    Software Issue? HA!
     
  4. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    Walt Mossberg called Apple about it and they said that it was a software issue that would be fixed soon.
     
  5. eatbacon macrumors regular

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    Well that proves it then.
     
  6. oakland6980 macrumors member

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    I sure hope its a software issue. No wonder apple made those bumpers. so we're not in direct contact with their magically revolutionary antenna
     
  7. Coolero macrumors newbie

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    You're funny. walt must've personally told you that
     
  8. dolphindolphin macrumors regular

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    It's a great way of tacking on an extra 30 bucks!
     
  9. xmtgx macrumors regular

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    It was in his review actually, for everyone to see, spoke and written versions of it.
     
  10. protox macrumors regular

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    Yeah but then you forgot about this bit.

    "However, on at least six occasions during my tests, the new iPhone was either reporting “no service” or searching for a network while the old one, held in my other hand, was showing at least a couple of bars. Neither Apple nor AT&T could explain this. The iPhone 4 quickly recovered in these situations, showing service after a few seconds, but it was still troubling."

    Which leads me to believe he is talking about this very issue and it's nothing about the software.
     
  11. jpeg42 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree bars to drop on the 3G in a similar fashion, but the calls do not break up and drop. From the very same couch, both gen iPhones do not behave the same. 4 is far worse to the point of unusable.
     

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