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iPhone 4 drops more calls than 3GS

Apple admits poorer call performance with iPhone 4
Apple admits poorer call performance with iPhone 4

Steve Jobs has admitted Apple's new handsets are dropping more calls than its predecessor.

At an impromptu press conference, Apple has taken the extraordinary step to offer free cases to all users to alleviate the reception issues plaguing the iPhone 4.

However, during the course of his presentation, Jobs admitted that the iPhone 4 dropped more calls than the 3GS, albeit less than 1 per 100 more.

"This is hard data... the iPhone 4 drops less than one additional call per 100 than the 3GS. Less than one."

"Even though we think the iPhone 4 is superior to the 3GS antenna... it drops more calls per 100 than the 3GS. We're being transparent. So how many more does it drop than the 3GS?

Hard data

"This is hard data... the iPhone 4 drops less than one additional call per 100 than the 3GS. Less than one."

Still, it's odd that issue has come to light now - reviews of the iPhone 4 have shown that the device seems to drop fewer calls, so Apple coming out to say it's being 'transparent' is weird.

But given the inevitable media fallout regarding the case issue, this is probably the least of Jobs' worries, so Apple might as well mention it now.

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.