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All posts tagged "reception"


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Real World Perspective About the iPhone 4

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.eddale.co/general/on-rec...-test-conundrum

"I'm well aware that Apple are not infallible."

But even though they aren't infallible, he is in the same camp that I'm in when it comes to the iPhone 4 as far as it being the best phone he's ever owned. It's an interesting read about real world usage of the iPhone 4 from someone that has experienced problems with other phones, and also hasn't been happy with some of Apple's products in the past (namely the Mighty Mouse).


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It's the End of the World for Apple! or Not, Depending on What You Believe I Suppose...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 01:40 PM

"With the iPhone 4's reception problems now out in the open, as a result of a Consumer Reports test, Apple will be forced to do a recall, says Wayne State University's Prof. Matthew Seeger. A specialist in crisis communications, Seeger argues that Apple's reputation is at stake. "It's critically important. The brand image is the most important thing Apple has. This is potentially devastating," he remarks."

Even the guys from Top Gear are making subtle references to the iPhone 4 "Grip of Death" as it has been called, so it really has gotten legs. But for someone such as the Professor Seeger to say a recall is in order is a bit much in my opinion.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

iPhone 4 Users: Wash Your Hands!

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 11:30 AM

http://www.geekwithlaptop.com/why-a...ash-their-hands

"Many people have been debating the reasons why some users are having signal problems with Apple's latest iPhone 4G, and specifically, why the iPhone was able to pass Apple's stringent testing."

Mom always said, "wash your hands!" This seems to make sense today as an iPhone 4 user. Damp, sweaty hands can interfere with the iPhone 4's ability to get/keep a signal, according to an anonymous biochemist in the UK. Testing under lab conditions wouldn't discover this effect, since engineers test in a controlled environment, and not outside under hot, humid conditions. So it seems that the iPhone 4 "Bumper" ( link ) or any cover that keeps hands (dirty or clean) from directly touching the metal outside frame may help prevent signal degradation.


Friday, July 2, 2010

iPhone Reception Problem "Simple and Surprising"

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:30 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/02/...sue-fix-coming/

"Whoa, Apple just admitted that there's an issue with the iPhone 4's reception, but it might not be what you think..."

According to the Apple press release, it has been a software problem since the release of the original iPhone. Basically the reception bars are reading "too high," giving you the impression your signal strength is stronger than it actually is. To correct this, they are adopting the recently released AT&T formula to calculate the reception strength, which will require a software update. This will also make the image of the bars a little larger and easier to see. Since this was a problem since the original iPhone, they are also going to make the update available for the 3G and 3GS. No mention on holding the phone correctly though.


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Antenna Issue on iPhone 4, Hardware or Software?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM

http://www.appleinsider.com/article..._engineers.html

"An iPhone user demonstrated in a Vimeo video that cupping the phone to cause its signal bar to reach zero did not have a discernible effect on the actual quality of the call, suggesting that phone's software may be excessively sensitive in reporting signal drop."

I haven't had any dropped calls, or degradation in the call quality on any of the calls I've made on my iPhone 4, but there appear to be some issues. And coincidentally, Apple is hiring some engineers with expertise in this issue. So is there really a problem or, as the video suggests, is it sensitive software and much ado about nothing? What are your thoughts? Has anyone experienced problems with call quality?


Monday, April 19, 2010

Here is One iPad Wi-Fi Solution

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:00 AM

http://www.businessinsider.com/appl...+Alley+Insider)

"A reader updates us on the on-going does-the-iPad-properly-connect-to-WiFi saga."

What the reader did was to change the Airport Extreme's admin password. All other Mac devices worked on it but the iPad wasn't connecting even though it recognized the network. Once they changed the password, it worked fine. 


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