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iPhone Death Grip: iOS 4.0.1 firmware to fix problems

Much has been said about the reception problems – Death Grip – that has been affecting the iPhone 4, and there are now rumors that an iOS 4.0.1 firmware update could be released as soon as next week to solve the issue. If this were in fact true, then this would certainly save Apple a huge chunk of money – as they may have had to issue all iPhone 4 owners a free Bumper.

Electronista has learned that the iOS 4 update would work as a solution as it will be able to switch more rapidly to the cleanest cellular signal that is available in the area. However, all proof of discussions of this cannot be found as they have since been deleted from Apple Discussions forum that’s according to AppleInsider readers.

The so-called Death Grip can make an iPhone 4 user lose their entire signal if they hold the black strips on the antenna band on the outside, which we showed you in detail on a hands-on review. This happens because your hand acts as a bridge and is not able to lock onto the strongest signal available to Apple’s Fourth-generation smartphone.

Electronista believes that there could be some truth in this and that a firmware update would solve this problem – let us hope that it does, as I do not want to spend $29 on a Bumper and destroy the handsets good looks.


  • Jason

    It is not a software problem, have updated to 4.0 on my 3gs and have had less problems than before. Come on apple, you have all this time and money to create the iphone 4 and you mess up on such a simple thing…

  • Mark

    It's definitely a software problem. I updated to the 4.0 software on my 3GS and am now losing signal in the exact same way as the iphone 4.

  • Jay

    I have had the same problems and I have spoke to apple 6 times and they say there is no update and basically it's tuff!!

  • B.A.

    I may be that small % of people, or just lack the power to unleash a G.I. Joe Kung Fu death grip, but I can’t recreate this problem. I’ve never dropped a call, lost signal or had wifi problems

    Now the iPad is another story wifi is slower than my iPhone 4

    Go figure right?

    Steve if you’re reading this, I WILL take my free bumper case in black!

  • Jason

    It does happen but you have to work at it to get it to lose signal. You almost have to deliberately put your hand or finger over the black band completely and even then it takes a while to lose signal. If you have a case or bumper then there is no problem as to signal loss

  • Joshua Garrett

    I got a 15 dollar rubber cover when I picked up my iPhone 4 at Best Buy and I don’t see any service issues. I live out in the middle of no where and only get 3 bars on a good day. I still get those 3 bars just fine and my WiFi works anywhere in my house now when it wouldn’t before.

  • This update will be really good if it works!! so annoying that you have to hold it in a different way, even with a case on!?


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