Apple: Don't hold your iPhone 4 that way

Summary:Now that the iPhone 4 has been out for more than a day (at least in some parts of the world), it's only logical that a number of bugs have popped up. It seems the biggest one has to do with reception. Apple's response? It's you're probably holding the phone the wrong way.

Now that the iPhone 4 has been out for more than a day (at least in some parts of the world), it's only logical that a number of bugs have popped up. It seems the biggest one has to do with reception. Apple's response? It's you're probably holding the phone the wrong way.

Yesterday, a number of new iPhone owners reported dropped calls and bad reception when holding their shiny new smartphones in their left hands. Apple has responded to some of the glitches already, saying to "avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band."

I thought the new exterior antenna design was supposed to actually reduce reception issues rather than make them more confusing. After spending $200-$300, now they're trying to re-teach customers how to hold a mobile phone? I don't own an iPhone 4, but I think if/when I buy one, I should only be worried about blocking the speaker and microphone considering the most basic purpose of this device is to act as a telephone.

Or maybe the reason behind this is that Apple just doesn't like lefties.

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Topics: Smartphones, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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