Lightning cable = new Antennagate?!

samiznaetekto

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1. iPhone 5 is unplugged - getting 3 bars of AT&T's 4G, and [relatively] good tethering speed.
2. Connected cable to charge.
3. Signal IMMEDIATELY drops to 1 bar and data speed drops to 0. No data at all. (haven't tried making a call)
4. Disconnected the cable. Signal is back to 3 bars and good data speed.
5. Repeated steps several times, seems to be consistent behavior.

WTF?!

Is Lightning cable shortening the antenna?

Do you have similar experience?

Besides this issue, I find iPhone 5 as prone to Antennagate as iPhone 4 - if you're "holding it wrong", the signal is noticeably attenuated.

:(
 

justdonating

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Sorry to hear you're having issues. My experience with the iPhone 5 is the total opposite. I live near a commuter airport and reception at home with my iPhone 4 and 4S was awful. With my iPhone the reception and call quality is excellent.
 

samiznaetekto

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Sorry to hear you're having issues. My experience with the iPhone 5 is the total opposite. I live near a commuter airport and reception at home with my iPhone 4 and 4S was awful. With my iPhone the reception and call quality is excellent.
With or without cable plugged?

Just like with original Antennagate, the issue is probably most noticeable when you don't have a great signal to begin with.
 

samiznaetekto

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No.
It's not.

I see NO difference in signal strength.
(AT&T)

why is every glitch a "-gate"?
I'm insulted by this comment. This is the new incarnation of The Antennagate acknowledged by Steve Himself, not just some "glitch"! :p I'm not inventing a new "-gate" here. Antennagate = something that you normally do with a phone (hold in in your hand, plug Apple's own cable to charge it) drops the signal.

How many bars you have that you see no difference?
 

samiznaetekto

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Yes it was.
Uh, iPhone 5's signal VERY MUCH depends on how you're holding it. Just remember that there's big difference between 5 bars and 3 bars. EXPONENTIAL difference.

I haven't used 4s, only 4 and 5, but with 4 I'm very aware of how I'm holding it when the signal is not strong in the first place. It's sad that after upgrading to 5 I still have to be aware of how I'm holding it... after supposedly it was fixed in 4s.

:(
 

formulatwo

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Nope. With or without the lightning cable my phone still gets five bars.

I do notice a difference in signal strength between LTE and 4G.
 

samiznaetekto

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Nope. With or without the lightning cable my phone still gets five bars.
Remember, there's an EXPONENTIAL difference between 5 and 3 bars. After original Antennagate, Apple adjusted the bar/signal formula to differentiate more between strong and week signals. So that when you get 5 bars, you don't see Antennagate or only see it dropped to 4 bars. But when you get 3 bars or 2 bars, oh boy, the signal drops to 1 bar which means "NOTHING". No signal.

Antennagate = anything that you normally do with your phone (holding it in your hand, plugging the cable) drops the signal. If this is the case, YOU DESIGNED YOUR DAMN PHONE WRONG!!! If it's 5 bars and you built in the algorithm to still show 5 bars when antenna is attenuated while the signal is attenuated, and when it's 3 bars and it drops to 1 bar and no data trickling through because the signal is attenuated - THIS IS ANTENNAGATE!!!

Because there's no such thing as you're holding it wrong or you plugged in the cable - but there's such thing as YOU DESIGNED IT WRONG.

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Applejuiced

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At the iPhone hacks section.
Not everything is a "gate". In fact, nothing is a gate. Quit calling it gate. Jesus.
Every year its something different.
Even the tiniest thing becomes huge and blown up all over the media.
Always trying to find something wrong with it to get press and scare people about.
Im not 100% what sells more this year. The scuff/scratch issues with some black iphones of the Apple/google maps thing.
 

ineel

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This might be from induction caused by current flowing to close to the antenna in your phone. This is probably more noticeable when you have lower signal (1-2 bars) as your signal may drop due to the wire being to close to the phone or the internal circuitry is to close to the antenna causing inductive interference on your signal.
 

vastoholic

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This problem in particular is not antennagate though as it is not a widespread issue like the original 4 was. I haven't noticed these problems either. You possibly have a defective phone or cable. Take it to an apple store and see if it can be recreated there. If not, I would check with your service provider maybe? I haven't noticed my signal drop at all when I am holding it or when plugged in. Even in those videos of the guy resting the phone on his arm and dropping signal, I could not recreate this problem, and I don't have the best signal where I live anyway. I'm usually getting 3-4 bars on the regular in my home town.