Engineer Warned Jobs About iPhone Defect

But Apple ignored concerns to keep svelte design
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2010 2:13 PM CDT

(Newser) – The iPhone 4’s antenna problems didn’t exactly sneak up on Apple. A top antenna expert warned Steve Jobs early in design that the proposed antenna—a metal strip circling the phone—could lead to dropped calls, a source tells Bloomberg. Later, one of Apple’s carrier partners raised the same concern. But Jobs and company stuck with their design, because it made the phone lighter and thinner.

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For the metal strip to work, an engineer warned, it would have to be broken up to create several individual antennas. If a user put their finger over one of the gaps, it would act as a conductor and interfere with the signal. But the final phone only has one gap, and many users have reported losing calls when touching it. (Read more iPhone 4 stories.)

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