Many owners of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have been reporting antenna/reception problems with the device when being held in a certain manor. Steve Jobs already responded to the issue via email offering surprising advice, telling concerned customers to “avoid gripping it in the lower left corner”. However, it seems that our friends at AppleInsider are pretty certain much of the issue can and will be addressed in an iOS 4.01 update this Monday.
While the iPhone 4’s antenna/reception issues appear to be completely a hardware issue, many have pointed out that similar reception issues with the iPhone 3GS and 3G worsen when upgrading to iOS 4.
Many readers have reported discussions on the Apple tech support forums confirming that the problem would be addressed in a software fix labeled as iOS 4.0.1 next week, as early as Monday. This was, of course, before the comments were taken down and removed with the any related discussions.
Apparently the discussions pointed out that issues with the “radio frequency calibration of the baseband” were causing the problem. In other words, the device is mistakenly reporting “no service” instead of switching to the nearest and strongest frequency with the best signal to noise ratio. AppleInsider has also ran some tests further proving the issue is software related that you can check out at the source link.
There have also been a number of other problems reported by iPhone 4 users including yellow residue spots on the device’s display.