Remember the iPhone 4 antennagate debacle? For those of you who don’t, when Apple released the GSM iPhone 4 last year, users began to notice that when the handset was held with the left hand, connecting the two antennas, cell reception dropped significantly (this was dubbed the “death grip”), often resulting in complete signal loss.

Although Apple tried to fix the antenna problem with a software update, the update did not completely rid the iPhone 4 of the issue. Apple then decided to give out free bumper cases, which seemed to prevent the antenna problem from occurring.

Last week, Apple announced the new iPhone 4S, in addition to an improved 8MP camera, Siri, and new A5 processor, included a redesigned antenna…According to Apple, the iPhone 4S is the first phone that  ‘intelligently switches’ between its two antennas, providing improved call quality and faster data speeds. Additionally, it looks like the new antenna in the iPhone 4S also resolves the death grip issue.

As seen in the video demonstration above, the iPhone 4S is not phased by the death grip, while the iPhone 4 slowly losses bars and then regains them when the phone isn’t held in the death grip.

Aren’t you glad that you no longer have to hold your iPhone “a different way”?

[TechnoBuffalo]

  • kyle

    I need help. I was a gevey sim user just upgraded my iphone 4 to ios5 with a baseband preserved to 4.10.01, but I’m stuck in the activation screen. My phone is locked to ATT and I’m sure of it, but now I even can’t activate it with my friend’s ATT sim card, it still says that the sim is not compatible. I wonder if the phone requires the orginal sim card or can be activated by any ATT sim card like many said? If so, what happens to my phone? I had my original ATT sim but I’m sure I can’t find it anymore. Please help me.

    • Bob Barker
    • Ken

      Do you have SHSH save before
      and the AT&T sim you used is iPhone sim or normal sim?

      • kyle

        no i didn’t, so there is no turning back, i’m counting on the activation now, and i used my friends iPhone att sim card but it didn’t work with mine.

    • Ken

      Your phone has no baseband to assign back. Only latest basband with iOS5 is your option. You have to jailbreak on iOS 5 using redsnow or snowbreeze which can hactivate your iphone without AT&T sim. Sorry for your unlock with gevey sim on iOS5, it is not working right now.

  • I like how the screenshot of Apple’s Website says “faster loading and reloading,” which is probably a sneaky reference to Cydia’s “Reloading Data” message.

    Ad@m

  • Mark B

    @kyle why not save your questions for http://jailbreakqa.com/ and only ask questions revelant to the post?

    The death grip was never an issue here in Canada. At least with my carrier, I have never had any issues with the death grip.

    • Cameron Carlyon

      Only the US I think. Here in the UK its not there, same goes for the UAE.

  • Dark Child

    kyle, why don’t you just use “Sn0wbreeze” instead of redsn0w which will activate your phone for you and still preserve your baseband?

  • Mark B

    @kyle why not save your questions for jailbreakqa dot com and only ask questions revelant to the post?

    The death grip was never an issue here in Canada. At least with my carrier, I have never had any issues with the death grip.

    • Coach

      Maybe because he wants to. Who gave you the right to tell anyone what they can reply to. Some of you guys need to chill out and stop being blog police.

    • Josh

      @Mark B Why not shut the f*ck up and let that poor desperate iPhone user get some help by any means necessary, in order to get his iPhone activated?

      We’ve all been there sometime.

  • Mark B

    Sorry for the double post.

  • Neil

    @mark come on give the guy a break he is probably woried he has messed his phone up why not point him in the write direction, why is every1 always uptight all the time on these forums its not the end of the world to post in the wrong place asking for help.

    • Josh

      +102.6

  • Marc Glave

    Brooklyn, ny. I have never held my phone in a way to cause signal degradation unless I was trying to. The only reason I use a case is for protection. This is a welcome development though, as I’m sure many people HAVE experienced “antennae gate”

  • Irha

    phased -> faced?

  • Keith

    Seriously who hold there phone that hard while talkin on it?

  • Dodgerdeezy

    Had iPhone 4 for ever. Never dropped a single call. Death grip smeath grip.

  • Warren

    This was always a concern to me why apple never rectified the problem on a £500 handset and just came up with a work around. Basically they took us for mugs and we fell for it. The problem should have been fixed with a recall not rectified with a new revised model 18 months later. The iPhone 4s should have replaced our faulty models with the design fault 18 months ago.

  • Warren

    ..and free of charge

  • Phill

    Notice that a wifi bar also goes down… That cannot be normal…

  • Matt

    lol “death grip” my ass. tried this shit with both of my hands and full 5 bars, held it for 3 min straight. verizon ftw.

  • “while the iPhone 4 slowly losses bars and then regains them when the phone isn’t held in the death grip.”

    Are you kidding me. If i holded it i inmediatly prevented any 3g data usage. And the call quality decreased to almost none.