A lot of people who got their iPhone 4 today have been complaining that placing their hands on the corner of the phone was causing problems with reception and dropping the connection bars.
This is not just a one-off problem and many people have been facing the issue if they put their hands on the steel bands. Ironically, according to Apple and Steve Jobs, the problem lies in your hands and the way you hold the phone and not the iPhone 4 itself or the latest iOS4.
Engadget posted a reply to an email sent to Steve Jobs about the issue. In his usual short and sweet reply, Jobs said "Just avoid holding it in that way".
Apple has also released a public statement with regards to the iPhone 4 reception issue. It reads as such:
Gripping any mobile 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. 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 now to fix the issue, you will have to train your hand to not touch the taboo part of the phone or better yet fill Apple’s coffers with a few more bucks by purchasing a case for the iPhone 4. So typical Apple right?
Nevertheless, this is a genuine issue and had also happened with the iPhone 3GS, however, that issue was later on fixed with an update. Here is a video of the iPhone 3G in 2008 having a reception problem.
(Image and Other Credits to Engadget)