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iPhone 4 beset with screen, serious reception problems

updated 11:00 am EDT, Thu June 24, 2010

Signal drops may fixed by Apple update

Two main issues appear to be affecting new owners of the iPhone 4. The most critical of these, hinted at in early reviews, involves poor or completely absent reception when holding the device. In particular, covering the lower-left corner of an iPhone dependably forces 3G and even voice reception to disappear. This may make the handset especially hard to use for left-handed owners, at least without a case.

Apple has claimed that reception issues involve a software bug wrongly indicating bad signal, and that a fix is enroute. Because the iPhone 4 uses a new antenna design integrated into the edge, however, and covering part of the edge kills reception, concern has been raised that the flaw is inherent and could require a hardware revision. Cases, such as the bumpers sold by Apple, may provide a stopgap solution by preventing the interference caused by a hand.

Some owners are also reporting discolored screens, tinted yellow in spots, typically towards the bottom corners. The exact cause is unknown, but one person claims that the problem may be related to a chemical called Organofunctional Silane Z-6011, used to bond glass layers together. Units may be shipping so quickly after finishing production, the person suggests, that the Z-6011 has not completely evaporated. If so, the yellow spots should disappear after a day or two of active use.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good call

    I feel like these developments are reinforcing for me that it was a good idea to wait a couple of months to upgrade my phone.

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That's why I'm waiting.

    (well, that and my bloody contract that I can't break until December)

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  1. Xinnix

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Can anyone say Karma

    I'm chalking this up to good Karma for me, and not so good Karma for Apple.
    They started this and put us on a 2 year cycle right.
    Got the 2G on day 1 and paid BIG BUCKS for it! 2 years later, I got the 3GS priced just right
    But then Apple broke the deal with this release only 1 year later? Bad Apple.

    I'm glad to wait another year!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Can anyone say...

    So you're upset that you signed a two year contract and the carrier isn't allowing you to just renege and buy another subsidized phone?

    You know, you could just pay full price for the thing, sans contract, and not worry about missing out each year.

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This is what you get

    when you let a toy company design cellular phones.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Hmmm... Well, i'm pretty damn sure it's software, since i think they would have discovered a hardware issue before release. As far as the spots, i think it's the adhesive, it takes 3-4 days for most clear setting adhesives to cure fully. Also, when the signal starts to drop, the phone increases power to the antenna, if the control software is weirded out, it may shut off the antenna, or do nothing to compensate at all.

    - A

  1. jwdsail

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not seeing either issue..

    Are my palms just not a schwetty as other iPhone users? Is it my magnetic personality? Why am I not seeing these reception issues? Never saw any others complained about w/ the 3G either, so maybe it's being seen again where there are mostly 1900mhz towers compared to 850mhz towers???


    And, thankfully, no screen issues (so far - knock on wood, salt over shoulder..). It's the best looking LCD I've ever used on any device..

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If all the reception issues are only occurring in the USofA then its clearly a AT&T issue. We will have to wait to see if there are reception issues in other countries.

  1. cartoonspin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    You are actually blaming AT&T on this? Where is your proof?

    I don't mind blaming AT&T if it is their fault, but to begin blaming them if????

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