Con­sumer Re­ports says iPhone is too flawed to rec­om­mend

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS -

SEAT­TLE — Con­sumer Re­ports said it will not rec­om­mend Ap­ple Inc.’s new­est iPhone be­cause of re­cep­tion prob­lems caused by its an­tenna de­sign.

Af­ter the iPhone 4 went on sale in June, buy­ers started com­plain­ing that hold­ing the gad­get a cer­tain way could cause re­cep­tion to fade and calls to drop.

Ap­ple has said that any phone will lose sig­nal strength when gripped in cer­tain ways. It said the iPhone 4 seems to show a larger drop be­cause it has been us­ing a faulty for­mula to de­cide how many sig­nal bars to show.

But Con­sumer Re­ports said it tested sev­eral phones that use AT&T Inc.’s net­work, and only the iPhone 4 seemed to have the prob­lem. Ap­ple did not re­spond to mes­sages seek­ing com­ment.

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