While the excitement over the 2010 iMacs is certainly something to feast on, sometimes we need to cleanse our palettes with news from other areas of the Apple ecosystem.
You remember that iPhone 4 antenna hullabaloo a few weeks back? Well, it seems that a certain big box electronics retailer is offering a free “invisible” antenna cover for its customers to resolve this attenuation problem. At first glance, this seems incredibly nice of them, but as OWC Patrick discovered, it’s not as great as it would seem.
Apparently, in order to get this antenna cover to attach, the technician wound up spraying the back and front of OWC Patrick’s iPhone 4 with water! Though necessary to attach the cover, depending on the amount of water used, this could affect the little water detection stickers that cell companies use to determine whether or not your phone has been submerged, thus voiding your warranty.
So while it’s a free fix now, there is the potential for problems down the line, if you ever need warranty work done.
On top of that, the claim of this actually fixing the antenna problem is somewhat dubious. In-house tests indicate that this solution does not seem to resolve the issue. How come? The reason becomes obvious once you take a look at the covers themselves in the gallery below. You will see that there’s a gap along the edges that still allow your hand to make contact across the antennas, causing the drop in signal.
For those of you who don’t feel like spritzing your new iPhone for little to no benefit, you may want to check out the NewerTech NuGuard Silicone Cases for iPhone 4. These cases simply slide over your iPhone, and not only resolve the “grip of death” issue by completely covering the antennas, but they’ll also help protect your iPhone 4 from getting splashed with water, rather than require it.