Thoughts on the iPhone antenna issue.

Two things have been discussed heavily in the news the last couple days: BP has finally capped the Gulf oil spill and Apple’s new iPhone has an antenna issue. This post is about the latter. 

Almost all media sources have been discussing this topic, and rather than expounding and rehashing all their data and opinions, I merely wanted to share with my customers how I believe it affects them.

It doesn’t.

This has been an issue of PERCEIVED signal strength, not ACTUAL signal strength. The truth of the matter is that the new iPhone has a far better antenna than any other phone, however it can falsely report your signal strength if held a certain way. Apple has released a free, downloadable software update which more accurately reports that signal. Plug your iPhone into your computer and it will automatically prompt you to install the new software.

I love my new iPhone 4, I definitely won’t be returning it anytime soon, and I have encouraged all my friends and family to go out and buy one. Don’t let the frenzy of the over-reacting tech bloggers delay you from getting a phone which is easier to read due to it’s incredible display, and can allow you to video chat with loved ones.

Rick Stawarz

Minneapolis, MN

I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister;  Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.