The iPod Touch doesn’t have to make phone calls, but it surely has to have its antenna bands for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. After all the brouhaha over the iPhone 4 and its antenna, one must surely be thinking if Apple has got the antenna placement right in its latest product. Well, for now, we will […]
The iPod Touch doesn’t have to make phone calls, but it surely has to have its antenna bands for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. After all the brouhaha over the iPhone 4 and its antenna, one must surely be thinking if Apple has got the antenna placement right in its latest product. Well, for now, we will have to wait and watch how the antenna on iPod Touch works.
This is because, unlike the iPhone 4 which has an externally placed antenna band, the new iPod Touch has the antennas placed in a conventional internal location. While that should offer the much needed relief, the problem here is with the back casing. Unlike earlier models that had a rubber slot to house the internal antenna, the latest iPod Touch unit comes with an all-steel casing that could technically cause interference. However, the FCC filing claims that the antenna is provided with sufficient insulators that should prevent any sort of interference.
Any other day, this explanation would have been sufficient. But I don’t think that holds true any longer. So wait until the iPod Touch units are actually out before you can call upon a judgement.
This was to be expected – especially after Steve Jobs sought refuge under his oft-repeated fact of life that all smartphones are affected by death grip issues during the iPhone 4 press conference yesterday. Steve Jobs had said,
“To our knowledge, it’s not possible to make a phone that doesn’t have weakspots. You could make a really big one! I mean, some of these guys are making Hummers at this point. But no one’s going to buy that.”
Nokia, the Finnish giant that is still the leader in the mobile phone industry took exception to Jobs’ statements. In a media statement released yesterday, the company has said that while it is true that wireless smartphones are affected by death grip, the company has taken exceptional care to ensure that their users do not face these signal reception issues. Nokia explains,
“Antenna design is a complex subject and has been a core competence at Nokia for decades, across hundreds of phone models. Nokia was the pioneer in internal antennas; the Nokia 8810, launched in 1998, was the first commercial phone with this feature.
[…]In general, antenna performance of a mobile device/phone may be affected with a tight grip, depending on how the device is held. That’s why Nokia designs our phones to ensure acceptable performance in all real life cases, for example when the phone is held in either hand. Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying how people hold their phones and allows for this in designs, for example by having antennas both at the top and bottom of the phone and by careful selection of materials and their use in the mechanical design.”
Do you own a Nokia smartphone? Can you replicate the death grip issues? Voice off in the comments.