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The Right Hand Of Telstra: Meet The In-House Deathgrip Tester

Deathgrip. It sounds like a Harry Potter villain or a Darth Vader finishing-move. No matter what it sounds like, it’s still the arch-nemesis of cellular networks. When Apple addressed the iPhone 4’s deathgrip issue — dubbed Antennagate — it dragged other manufacturers down with it by saying that the same thing happens to all phones when you hold them wrong. Those manufacturers quickly rebuked the claims of Steve Jobs, but inside a sealed, top-secret Australian facility, behind a thick, steel door, Telstra was testing all of its handsets for deathgrip symptoms. The results: deathgrip affects every handset ever made.

Consumer Reports Confirms Verizon iPhone 4 Death Grip Problems

We’d heard previous reports that the Verizon iPhone 4 was susceptible to the same death grip issues that rocked the original iPhone, but now industry heavy Consumer Reports confirms it: the death grip is back. According to CR:

Verizon iPhone 4 Reportedly Loses Reception With Death Grip

You’d think that after protracted debacle of the AT&T iPhone 4’s attenuation problems, Apple would have made absolutely certain to fix the issue completely before the Verizon version hit. But this iLounge video indicates otherwise. Antennagate 2.0?

Apple Plans To Put Antennas Behind The Logo On Future iPhones

According to a patent, Apple is hoping to move the iPhone’s antenna behind the Apple logo. This could potentially solve the attenuation problem that has plagued the iPhone 4.

Former Apple Exec Mark Papermaster Snapped Up By Cisco

Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Sorry, I mean Mark Papermaster – after getting booted from his cushy role heading up the iPhone hardware team at Apple, we’ve not heard of him for over three months.

Apple Ending Free iPhone 4 Case Program Sept 30

September is here and as promised Apple has re-evaluated their iPhone case initiative. The verdict: “we are discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after September 30, 2010”. But they’ll still give you one if you complain.

Rumour: New iPhone 4 Antenna Design Coming Late September

An executive at Mexican mobile phone carrier Telcel claims that Apple has a revised iPhone 4 coming late September that fixes the annoying antenna problems everyone’s seen with the original model.

iPhone 4's Proximity Sensor Problem Won't Be Fixed In iOS 4.1

Back in July, at the iPhone 4 Antennagate conference, Steve Jobs acknowledged the iPhone 4’s proximity sensor issues and said they’d be fixed in the “next update”. According to an Apple Australia spokesperson, they won’t.

Have You Experienced Antenna Issues On Your iPhone 4?

It was a huge ordeal in the States, prompting Steve Jobs himself to cut short a Hawaiian vacation to address the media. But here in Australia, we’re getting mixed reports on whether Antennagate is even an issue on the Australian networks.

Apple, Antennagate, And Why It's Time To Move On

“There’s an awful lot of hoopla about that iPhone 4 antenna.” Why yes, there is. And while there’s much to criticise about Apple’s response, we’re glad to see they’ve stopped pretending the problem doesn’t exist.

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