By now you probably have heard of the death grip of the iPhone 4 antenna that causes reception issues on the new device. Apparently, the problem is more of a software issue that might be fixed this monday with a software update to iOS 4.01.

It took me a day to realize I had the same issue as thousands of new iPhone owners had reported. When I hold my iPhone a certain way, I lose a few bars of reception. Sometimes, it goes as far as completely dropping the signal.

Apple issued a somewhat official and idiotic statement via an email sent by Steve Jobs himself to an unhappy customer. Steve Jobs recommended we hold the iPhone in a different way or that we should buy a Bumper case, which avoids the issue. Krapps wrote a funny article about it should you want to learn more.

iPhone 3GS owners who have upgraded to iOS 4 have a similar issue, which might prove that the problem comes from the software and not from the hardware.

According to Apple Insider, a fix is in the works and should ship on Monday:

Readers report that Apple’s tech support forums originally confirmed that a iOS 4.0.1 software fix addressing the issue would ship early next week (as early as Monday), before the comments were subsequently taken down along with all the other related discussion about the matter.

The fix is expected to address a issue in iOS 4 related to radio frequency calibration of the baseband. Readers who saw the original forum discussions say that the issue is believed to occur when switching frequencies; because the lag is allegedly not calibrated correctly, it results in the device reporting “no service” rather than switching to the frequency with the best signal to noise ratio.

I just hope Apple will not “hide” this issue with a software update but will actually fix it. Thoughts?

  • mike.main

    hmmm .. Let’s wait and see because it would be retarded for Apple to issue a “hide” update because this particular flaw is one of the most reproducible flaws I’ve ever seen. In other words, it will be very easy to figure out if they’re just hiding it with that release by using applications like Speed Test.

    Steve Jobs’s moronic reply via email was a window into the real Steve Jobs; an arrogant egotistical douche-bag.

    • You’re right Mike. It can be easily verified with Speed Test. Good point. I guess we’ll figure it out soon enough.

  • said:

    I just wanted to know..if there is any jailbreak about 3GS iOS4 in WindowsXP…Or if it will be released sooner or later..

  • blah

    So… who predicted 4.01. AND I’ll bet you $100 this removes the ability to unlock this phone. Predictable. I knew they should have waited a bit to release the unlock.

  • Morten

    Just checkes if i had the problem ón ny 3gs. And it looks Like i have. Tried to cover All the side and the signal went away

  • MCF3778

    its probably more of an old bootrom Jailbreak fix than anything, I smell another 3.1.3 hiding in this update! And if this changes the baseband then hold off and wait for the devs to say so… or lose your unlock!

  • Alex

    Does the iphone 4 only has this issue? The iphone 4 can’t be unlock or jailbroken atm.

  • Shadow

    Sounds like everybody should get their SHSHs for 4.0 now then…

    Does the umbrella even work for iPhone 4? Do SHSHs? I guess we’ll know in a week…

  • yea, how convenient that it was shipped with a boo-boo that 99.99% of people will want fixed and they can remove the unlock/jailbreak we’ve all waited on for so long while theyre in there.

    in other news, i dont know whether its the jailbreak or just iOS4 but my antiqie iPhone3G is verrrrry sluggish now. I press the home key and can count to 20 before the screen minimises. Thats even with the jb backgrounded apps closed. Anyone else having this isssue? I may just take the iOS4.01 and risk the unlock going because the lagg is unbearable.

  • thefallen

    @Shadow

    theres an Umbrella updated version for iOS4, but im not sure if it supports iPhone 4

  • shyonelung

    If it really wanted to do a solid for its customers, Apple would send iPhone 4 owners the bumpers. Not that that would ever happen. Doh.

  • Don’t want any problem with your antenna on iPhone 4, don’t hold your phone !!! … stupid answer.

  • Tom

    Lol…last comment..dont hold your phone! How do we really know Steve Jobs said that? @said…your a f$$kin knob.. This is not the place to ask that question. Jesus there is so much info about that all over the net…make an effort to look!! The answer is in this blog FFSake!! Grrr

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