iFail: Mixed Signals
Antenna designer SkyCross Inc. says that it knows how Apple could mitigate the problem of signal fade with the new phone. The vendor notes, in a release, that the antenna in the casing on the iPhone 4 is "exposed to the user’s touch," so the possibility of a tight grip affecting the signal strengh "is magnified due to the conductive nature of human skin on these metal antenna elements."
SkyCross claims that there is a relatively simple fix that could be applied when the phones are made: "A non-conductive coating could have been applied on the metal ring around the iPhone 4 to protect the exposed antennas from unintended signal attenuation when the user’s hand crosses the so-called 'antenna gap.' "
The fix for all the phones already out there is still a piece of tape over the exposed antenna gap or a case. I'm still holding out for an Apple-branded roll of duck tape, myself.
Meanwhile, other smartphone makers are getting annoyed by Apple's claims that their phones also experience signal fade when gripped the wrong way. You can read Sarah Ready's story on the separate responses from Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), BlackBerry , and Samsung Corp. to the Apple claims here.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile