The Iphone 4 Antenna, Steve Jobs, The War, The Fight

Steve Jobs with iPhone 4
Steve Jobs with iPhone 4

By Muhammad Faisal

A very curious and hilarious topic going around these days is between IPhone 4 and Steve Jobs. Apple having a good market share has messed up big time, which is the Antenna issue in iPhone 4 and its competitors are seriously behind it.

Personally, a friend of mine has even shared his first-hand views with iPhone 4 and yes this is a real existing problem the users are facing with this device but to be very honest, the whole scenario has been just blown out of proportion.

I have personally observed Steve Jobs and have concluded that he is a person, who cannot accept a NO or a drawback and precisely the reason why we keep hearing so much about iPhone 4 issues.

Let me go with the issues in step by step and create this topic more interesting for you.

After the launch, complains were filled against yellow spots or white spots on the display, the strong screen it claimed failed too and Signal Reception, this was just the beginning. People these days are tech oriented too therefore the reception problem was discovered very soon.

As soon as you hold your device with your left hand so that your hand touches the corners, the reception bars are all the way down.

Here we have the first statement from Steve Jobs

“Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.”

Steve Jobs attitude of don’t hold it that way was not acceptable to the public because obviously you don’t choose how to hold a phone, you just hold it and the positions are real time. Further pretending it’s not a big issue or a design flaw aroused many of the other issues.

Later Apple gathered a press conference dedicated on the iPhone 4 reception issues and played a puzzle in it. At a point Steve Jobs was seen quoting that every phone has a weak point and even further claimed everybody makes mistakes but also said Apple is quick to fix their mistakes and thus have loyal users. Apple wants its users to be happy and as people ran for their free cases, courtesy of Apple with the statement of “not because they have messed up, but only because they love their users”.

Apple was still not satisfied and even took a big risk of creating real time enemies for itself by starting to point out and accusing RIM’s Blackberry Bold 9700, HTC Driod Erics, Samsung Omnia II & Motorola’s; mentioned in the conference. Apple claimed that they also face the same antenna problems and demonstrated with the videos of each phone and the ways of holdings at times of lack in reception even with images.

Obviously the companies Apple accused so conveniently would have stayed back…!

The Co-CEOs of RIM (Blackberry) statement

Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation.

RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage. One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity.

Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple.”

– Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie

HTC’s statement

That only 0.016 percent of all HTC users have complained about the Droid Eris and only a few of them have experienced with the device’s antenna and signal.

Samsung’s statement

The antenna is located at the bottom of the Omnia 2 phone, while iPhone’s antenna is on the lower left side of the device. Our design keeps the distance between a hand and an antenna,”

Shin Young-joo said.”We have fully conducted field tests before the rollout of smart phones. Reception problems have not happened so far, and there is no room for such problems to happen in the future,” he added.

Motorola statement

Sanjay Jha, the company’s co-CEO, responded that “consumers don’t like being told how to hold the phone … It is disingenuous to suggest that all phones perform equally”. He also added that unlike Apple, Motorola avoids placing the antennas on the outside of their phones since that could cause reception issues.

Nokia’s statement

Nokia was out of the picture but still it stated a very offensive statement which I guess Apple should be ready for as Steve Jobs chose to point out fingers.

Antenna design is a complex subject and has been a core competence at Nokia for decades, across hundreds of phone models. Nokia was the pioneer in internal antennas; the Nokia 8810, launched in 1998, was the first commercial phone with this feature.

Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying human behavior, including how people hold their phones for calls, music playing, web browsing and so on. As you would expect from a company focused on connecting people, we prioritize antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict.

In general, antenna performance of a mobile device/phone may be affected with a tight grip, depending on how the device is held. That’s why Nokia designs our phones to ensure acceptable performance in all real life cases, for example when the phone is held in either hand. Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying how people hold their phones and allows for this in designs, for example by having antennas both at the top and bottom of the phone and by careful selection of materials and their use in the mechanical design.

As I mentioned previously Apple does not take NO for an answer and further was not able to show a faulty Nokia handset in the conference explored more and more and turned to figure out one of the Nokia’s cell phone flaw with the demonstration via video and images in Nokia N97 Mini.

The war has started as seen above and we are pretty much sure this will not end up good lately as Apple has officially launched a page whereby  Pointing out Names of Brands, to even me this came as a shocker but yes this is official now Click Here.


  • Rafay

    Still the phone is being sold like hot cakes for
    a whooping rs:120,000 not a type 1 lac twenty thousand here in pakistan.

    • Waqas

      I am not surprised to see Apple Fan boys defending their love of life , these figures were impressive but you know what Iphone 4 sold in millions in first week after that boooom sales drop like it was suppose to . now you wanna your iphone 4 working condition you need a cover , Antenagate is killing iphone’s reputation. best of luck Apple and Apple fan boys .

    • Yes it is still a hot cake wid a lil bad taste which to be accepted by many

  • It’s funny I never faced any reception issues with my iPhone 4 but I agree on the fact that Apple is being too egoist about the matter.

    They should acknowledge the problem and offer a tangible solution to its customer.

    • Waqas Tariq

      Maybe, You’r holding it right…lol

    • Waqas

      My dear if you did not faced this problem i would like to suggest you to touch that spot on iphone 4 down left side a cut .. and you will see single drops . anyway i think you missed the recent press conference Steve Jobs said there is not software solution and neither hardware , but you can use a plastic bumper if you face that problem… funny thing is apple is not accepting that they made a mistake , they are saying other smartphones do the same thing , check youtube and you will see what a mess antena issue is , on the other hand iphone 4 is great phone but you can’t make calls comfortably .. good luck apple fan boys

  • Rafay
  • Faizan

    nokia e52 have same problem

  • K.A.

    Did we ever consider for how much they build a phone and then price tag is how many times of the actual cost?

    No offense to early user, but that is just waste of money, but still waste of money peace of mind for many ;)

  • Waqas Tariq

    This new is very old now, I was expecting it to be covered on ProPakistani way before now.

  • Waqas

    very late post , i do not think you guys were updated before . this issue was clear after the one week of launching iphone 4 . anyway its not new you all copy paste stuff.

    • Well Waqas u said this post is very late at propakistani. well waqas yes i agree wid u that antenna issue is goin around after the launch of the iphone but all the messup later steve jobs has created regarding pointing out the names of brands and conferences and all are just happened recently and this post was with all the mixtures of it. still thanks for your further comments ..
      regards

      • Waqas

        No hard feelings , before you i tried to publish these type of Articles but Amer bhai never called he promised twice but didn’t happen . I belong to this field , i covered all recent events live so that is why i said it’s a late publish . and sorry for copy paste stuff , i didn’t mean to hurt anybody , i was mad at him , My Apology .

        • Well i cant say anything regarding the issues u faced …
          Further i cant change the sayings further it was a deep effort.

  • I was reading yesterday the samsung is launching iphone like phone & they will give free to iphone visitoms :D
    big slap at apple

  • Rafay

    Most expensive piece of crap.

    • Its not very expensive .. just bcz it is expensive in the Asian countries is due to not availability of it.

      yes it has got a issue which is not something good :) ..

      • Waqas

        The Cheapest iphon4 carrier free is available in Canada and it cost 650$ , is it cheap ?? i agree with Ray it is Most Expensive Piece of Crap and a faulty one.

        • Rafay

          anyways i got this crap from UK 500 pounds using it and will sell here in Pakistan for 1 lac got a buyer too.
          1st phone i bought that has a resale value :p.
          Certainly it has problems with signals frequent call drops i have to put on cover to prevent this.
          Software is same as IOS4 for 3GS with few upgrades i suggest if u want to buy a New iphone get iphone 3gs with iOS 4.
          Leaving the signal issue aside phone is a GEM to hold on to but in the END a phone should work as phone that is to make calls seamlessly not like apple that are dictating users that u are holding the phone wrong or put on some cover. Thats pure BS.

          • dear rafay, ur views are nice but still iphone 4 is iphone 4 wen it comes to the comparision with 3gs .. even all the inside works and all .. its just that .. antenna is messed up but as white iphone 4 is a delay now so i have some feelings that steve jobs must be trying to get this thing fixed via some under cost methods … :)

        • Well i agree to $650 is not cheap but trust me it is worth of that rate for a phone in real life like that .. yes this antenna issue is a mess up but still if this would have not been the case the phone would have just left down the competitors.

          and a user like me who is cautious with the phone alod always use a cover on my iphone 3g so i guess i will not face call drop issue :D ;)