The New York Times reports on Apple's recent confirmation of connectivity issues with the iPhone 4's antenna. Apple spokesperson Steve Dowling acknowledged that handling the latest iPhone in certain ways can decrease the phone's signal reception, thus garbling or dropping calls. The issue has triggered a wave of concern, speculation, and solutions across the Web. Unfortunately, Apple's response merely claims the problem is a "fact of life" with wireless phones, and advises users to use a case or avoid touching the phone's lower left-hand corner. follow link
Option-Click AirPort Menu for Network Details
If you hold down the Option key while clicking the AirPort menu in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, you'll see not just the names of nearby Wi-Fi networks, but additional details about the selected network. Details include the MAC address of the network, the channel used by the base station, the signal strength (a negative number; the closer to zero it is, the stronger the signal), and the transmit rate in megabits per second showing actual network throughput. If you hover the cursor over the name of a network to which you're not connected, a little yellow pop-up shows the signal strength and type of encryption.
- ExtraBITS for 28 June 2010 (28 Jun 10)
Apple Confirms iPhone 4 Antenna Issue
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Holding the iPhone 4 in my DRY left hand had no effect; holding it in with my salt-water dampened left hand did show a slight degradation. I suspect that if your right ring and pinkie fingers are also damp with sweat (which contains salt) it might also suffer the same way.
I've read that there have only been about 4,000 complaints about this out of the 2+ MILLION sold. Dividing 4,000 by 2,000,000 gives .2% So we have .2% (probably less) problem; and 99.8+% no problem. Definitely a Tempest in a Teapot