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  1. pdr1990, Nov 2, 2011
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    pdr1990 macrumors newbie

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    When I place my thumb over the antenna above the silent switch, the Wi-Fi drops completely. My solution has been to not place my thumb there, but there are so many situations in which it's unavoidable.

    Is this something that can be fixed with a software update? Should I be concerned? Is anyone else able to reproduce the problem?
     
  2. cababah macrumors 68000

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    Will this be wifi-gate?
     
  3. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    The WiFi antenna is actually under the back glass, it's not one of the stainless antennas on the outer edge of the phone. iFixIt doesn't mention the antenna in their teardown, it's visible in one photo and then just "gone" in the next - but it's basically in the center top of the back of the phone, and extends down below the camera. They point it out in the iPhone 4 teardowns, so you can see what it looks like there to help identify it in the 4S pictures.

    It looks a little smaller (or at least reshaped/repositioned) on the 4S as compared to the GSM iPhone 4. The iPhone 4's antenna stretched almost all the way across the back top of the phone, the 4S looks to be only about 2/3 across. So perhaps it's easier to block the 4S antenna with your hand, if you're holding the phone at the top.

    Interestingly based on what you're finding about where you put your thumb to interfere with it - the antenna is NOT near the mute switch - it's on the other side of the phone (nearer the camera). Not drawing any conclusions from that, just making the observation.
     
  4. pdr1990, Nov 2, 2011
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    Perhaps my iPhone is confusing the antennas.
     
  5. HazyCloud macrumors 68030

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    I can't seem to reproduce your issue, but I'm having weird upload speeds with my 4S. Every Apple device I own gets better upload speeds than my 4S.

    I made a thread about it here.
     
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  7. pdr1990, Nov 2, 2011
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    I hope there's a software update soon.
     
  8. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000

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    You could also see what Apple says.
     
  9. pdr1990, Nov 2, 2011
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