Thursday, June 24, 2010
Apple iPhone 4 doesn't work if you're left handed?

Gizmodo picked up on a Macrumours story and ran with it - inviting people to show how the signal drops on the new iPhone 4 when you hold it by its metal casing.

A large number of people made their own videos of how the signal bars magically dwindle when you pick up the phone, only to return when you put it down. The reason, they think, is the revolutionary way Apple has wrapped the antenna around the edge of the phone (which means you block the signal when you touch it).

But there was something odd about every single video I watched.

I couldn't believe it when I finally noticed it. Maybe it's because every videographer is using their right hand to film themselves. Or maybe we've got a glut of lefty iPhone fans. Or maybe it was just a fluke.

Whatever the reason, as you need to making contact with the bottom left corner of the phone with your palm to have the problem, it only affects people holding it in their left hand.

How can they have missed something that affects around 10% of the population in testing? As a left-handed person myself, I'll be waiting until Apple fixes this critical flaw before I buy.

Here's a selection of the videos so you can see for yourself...