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iPhone 'Death grip' cripples iPhone 4. Could a patch help?

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(Read caption) iPhone 'death grip' shouldn't be a problem here. This model is holding the phone 'correctly.' Nonetheless, some Apple consumers have complained that the quality of reception is directly related to how the iPhone 4 is held. Today, one blog is reporting that Apple could be preparing a patch for the iPhone 4 death grip – and that the update could come as soon as next week.

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Since the launch of the iPhone 4 last week, Apple has been deluged with complaints about poor reception, which many consumers say is directly related to the way the iPhone 4 is held. In the blogosphere, the bug even has its own name: The iPhone 4 death grip. But fret not, Apple fans. Help is on the way. According to the tech blog Apple Insider, Apple is preparing a death grip antidote – and it's coming in the form of a software update for the iOS 4 system.

Previously, of course, most folks – including your humble Horizons bloggers – assumed that the reception issue was directly related to the wraparound antenna unique to the iPhone 4. Apple Insider, however, is reporting that the iPhone 4 death grip may have its origins in the latest iteration of the iPhone operating system. The blog's source is a series of messages – all of which have since been removed – posted to a popular Apple discussion forum:

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