The new iPhone 4 was released to consumers on Thursday, and much of the criticism of the new device includes signal strength when users hold the phone in their palms a certain way. Business Week reports that Steve Jobs was quoted in an e-mail saying the signal strength was a “non-issue”.
It may be a non-issue for now, but, with over 1.5 million phones sold so far in just the first day on the market, there had better be a fix for a signal strength problem soon. The article also states that, with such thorough testing of the product, it is hard to believe that the signal strength issue is related to hardware.
One person said that what Steve Jobs told consumers is “really awful.” However, they are offering a $29 discount on the bumper case for the iPhone, which should solve any problems. A recall likely won’t be issued because too few people would use the product with their bare hands while talking.
When I heard about this problem I wasn’t too worried. I am all about going hands-free when it comes to using my cell phone, so I had already budgeted for a headset for my iPhone 4. A wireless BlueTooth headset is my weapon of choice to combat any signal strength problem.
Apple suggests getting rid of the problem by holding the phone in a certain way so as to not interfere with the bottom portion of the phone along the black strip. The other solution is to use a case, according to USA Today.
I was able to get my hands an on iPhone 4 (i.e. my wife let me) and signed up for service. So far, I haven’t had any difficulties, but again it’s probably because I love my hands-free BlueTooth attachment. If I have any problems, I really will wonder what’s wrong with something as simple as a phone.
Perhaps that is what is causing the iPhone 4’s signal strength problem. What I thought should at least be a simple phone might have turned into something too good to be true. Maybe the iPhone 4 is so packed with goodies that it forgot to do what it was intended to do.
Another question to ask is that, if signal strength is weak, what about using apps that connect to the Internet via cell phone towers? I love my Weather Channel and GPS apps, and can’t live without them when I’m out and about between Branson and Springfield. Hopefully my connection to the Internet won’t be affected. Other hardware applications may or may not be up to snuff, since I don’t plan on using the camera option too much.
When technology comes out, it generally gets smaller, faster, and more efficient. Apple has made an absolute killing off this principle over the past two years with the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Hopefully the signal strength issue will be worked out by the time the next newest and best Apple device comes out just in time for Christmas.
Business Week, USA Today, and the Apple website were my sources of information for this article.