Just imagine what people are going to think of the current iPhone or Android phones in 20 years. Cell Phones have shrunk, gotten more powerful, and now actually started growing again with touchscreens.
Steve Jobs has made a horrible PR blunder with the new iPhone 4. People have reported dropped calls and horrible signal when holding it with their left hand.
His response? “All phones have sensitive areas,” Jobs wrote. “Just avoid holding it in this way.” Ars Technica has more below. Follow the link to their article.
TUAW reader Craig Brockman was able to get a more detailed response, which Engadget reports is Apple’s official statement on the issue: “Gripping any phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone,” Jobs wrote. “If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.”
So, it appears that our worry that Apple’s iPhone 4 bumpers would be a recommended fix was founded after all.
What Jobs and Apple are saying about all phones being affected by this issue is true to some degree. Your hand can attenuate the signal to any radio antenna—try playing with the antenna of a portable AM/FM radio, for instance. Spencer Webb, an antenna engineer with Antennasys Inc, explained in a blog post that the placement of antennas in mobile devices is predicated partly on FCC and carrier testing requirements, so Apple’s design isn’t entirely out of the ordinary. Issues of signal degradation similar to that of the iPhone 4 have also been reported with the iPhone 3G and 3GS, as well as Google’s Nexus 1.
One inconsistency is that numerous examples of using the iPhone 4, including Jobs’ own WWDC demo, have shown users gripping the iPhone 4 in the exact manner that triggers the issue. Macintouch reader Saam G said that Apple Support confirmed the issue, blaming “a missing protective coating on some of the parts,” so there may be more to this issue than what Jobs is admitting.
A few people I know (not me personally, I don’t currently own any Apple products) have had problems sync’ing their Outlook and iPhone calendars. Below are the fixes that I’ve found have worked depending on the specific causes. I suggest trying them in this order.
1) Open iTunes
2) under “edit” open “preferences”
3) under the tab “Devices” click the button “reset sync history”
Fix 2: Many people have reported better luck when their Outlook PST was in the newer Unicode Format.
Determine the format of your PST file:
Convert your PST file:
Download the Microsoft Live Maps Add-in for Outlook via the following address:
Then once completely installed, immediately go into Add/Remove Programs and remove it. Attempt a re-sync with iTunes.
Export your calendar into a comma separated values file and import into another calendar. Sync to the new calendar.
If you know of, or find an additional possible fix, leave it in the comments.
Below are some very useful e-mail addresses for various functions. You may want to add them to your address book for future use.
- [email protected]—Converts any attached Microsoft Visio or Word file (including the 2007/.docx kind) to PDF files, and supports multiple file attachments. Ignore the “iphone” in the address, as it works from any device or computer, but only supports files up to 1 MB in size.
- [email protected]—Converts Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint files to PDFs. Like the other Koolwire addresses below, it accepts files up to 10 MB in size.
- [email protected]—Convert PDFs to Word or Rich Text Format files.
- [email protected]—Convert WAV files to MP3s.
- [email protected]—Convert MP3s to WAV files.
- [email protected] – Send a PDF document to this email address as an attachment and it will come back as a plain text file.
- [email protected] – Send an email with the URL of the web page in the Subject field (e.g. www.cnn.com) and you’ll soon find a copy of that web page in your Inbox. A perfect option when there’s no Internet access in the area or access is restricted (for instance, you want to read the BBC homepage in China).
- [email protected] – it will also fetch websites for you through email though in this case, the site address should go in the body of the email message.