With all the talk about the iPhone 4 antenna problem, the issues surrounding the proximity sensor on Apple’s smartphone seem relegated to the background.
For many iPhone 4 users, however, the iPhone 4 proximity sensor problem causes as many dropped calls and other issues as the beleaguered antenna.
iPhone 4 proximity sensor problem causes screen to blink
The proximity sensor on the iPhone is used to detect how close the user’s face is to the phone and then toggles the display as needed.
In older iPhone models, this sensor was located where the front-facing camera is on the new iPhone 4. The sensor’s new location above the earpiece, probably combined with a problem with the iPhone 4 software, causes screen blinking and other anomalies, including the dreaded dropped calls.
Using an older iPhone 3G case to help with the iPhone 4 antenna problem apparently exacerbates the proximity sensor issue.
Steve Jobs says a iPhone 4 proximity sensor fix is coming
Steve Jobs mentioned that a proximity sensor fix is part of the soon-come iOS 4.1 software update. The fact that he discussed it in his “Antennagate” address means that Apple is aware of the problem and feels that a software change fixes the issue.
The burgeoning phone wars between Apple, Motorola, RIM, and others looks to be causing companies to rush products to market without the proper testing. In a competitive marketplace, the perception of shoddy workmanship can be a death-knell.
Columbus iPhone owners noticing problems with their iPhone 4–antenna or proximity sensor–should contact an Apple expert at the Easton Apple Store.
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