Over time, cell phone antennas have migrated to the base of the phone, to minimize the SAR (specific absorption rate) of radiation that the phone produces, and is absorbed by the head. No study ruled out that SAR and cancers aren’t associated or has ever conclusively found, and the Federal Communications Commission requires telephones to be tested and the results published.
Moving the antenna closer to the ear was “unfortunate,” Webb said. “And that’s the best I can say.”
Papool Chaudhari a lawyer representing an inventor of a technology designed to minimize cell phone radiation, went farther. “I believe Apple chose to sacrifice security for better call reception,” Chaudhari said in a statement. “By putting the antenna outside the casing, Apple hopes to solve the dropped-calls trouble, but at what price?”
When Apple announced the iPhone 4, Webb said he closely examined the pictures of the recent phone as them projected on the screen. (Although Webb said he’d ordered an iPhone 4, but it had yet to arrive)
Webb said that he arrived at a choice between two conclusions: either the gaps in the band were not actually involved with the RF current and the antenna, or that they were. “And if they are that’s one’s of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen,” he said. “You cannot pick up the iPhone and not interfere with the antenna. It is even tougher to get the telephone rather than restrict the antenna compared to the first-generation iPhone.”
If that’s the case, individuals are probably right finding they’re killing that antenna, Webb said.
The issue, Webb said, is that the FCC evaluations simulate or do not include a hand, which means that what the FCC tested isn’t indicative of real world use, notably in the case of an iPhone 4 held by an user’s existence. “I’m sure that the test worked awesomely nicely without the existence of a hand,” Webb said.
If an issue is and hindrance by the user’s body could the issue be solved by placing the mobile phone and using Bluetooth? Webb said he was not entirely positive, but “would venture to say yes,” although placing it in a pocket would still effectively create body contact, he said. Placing it in something like a fanny pack would be more successful, Webb said.
It generally takes a couple of days before the negative reports about products that are new that are hot crop up. People are just beginning to receive their new iPhones, and there are already a slew of complaints that are on-line that point to what seems to be one major design flaw in the most recent iPhone.
According to numerous reports, holding the phone’s new outside antenna band has the inclination to completely block reception. Gizmodo got an avalanche of replies from users who seem to be having the same issue and put a call out with the new telephone.
Perhaps it’s because a product like the iPhone 4 is bound to be upon its release –or perhaps this can be a valid concern. Either way, it looks like this is something Apple is going to have to address soon.