Engineer Claims Consumer Reports iPhone 4 Reception Problem Study Is Flawed

News | Wednesday July 7 2010 5:11 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Bob Egan, an electromagnetic engineer who has experience in exactly the kind of issues that Apple is facing with
4 claims that Consumer Reports study is flawed.
“To even reasonably run a scientific test, the iPhone should have been sitting on a non-metallic pedestal inside an anechoic chamber. The base station simulator should have been also sitting outside the chamber and had a calibrated antenna plumbed to it from inside the chamber.
I have not seen CR’s claim directly that the finger effect reduces the iPhones sensitivity by 20db as reported elsewhere, but unless CR connected to a functional point inside the iPhone that number is fantasy.”
is a bad assumption.
Bottom line. From what I can see in the reports, Consumer Reports replicated the same uncontrolled, unscientific experiments that many of the blogging sites have done
I’m not saying that Apple has no h/w problem and they surely have a s/w issue. But I’m still wondering that if the software signal algorithm was not AFU’d in the first place how many, if anyone would talking about this “problem”
, which will be fixed with a
that will provide users a much better indication of the reception that they are getting in a given area.
“what part of this problem is Apple ’s and what part is related to the AT&T network”.
I guess we will soon find out when Apple releases the iPhone software update for iPhone 4 to correctly display the signal strength.
Do you think the issue is being blown out of proportion?What’s your take on the issue?

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