DIY Friday: iPhone 4 Antenna Fix



Holding the new iPhone 4 can cause interference between the GSM and WiFi antennae, so naturally the Net is abuzz with this "problem." Hey, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out.

Brilliant Scotchtape solution from Kit Eaton, and costs almost nothing, via Fast Company

  1. Get about an inch of scotch tape off the reel (that’s Sellotape if you’re in the U.K.).
  2. Cut it carefully so that you make a rectangle something over a half-inch long and just tall enough to exceed the iPhone 4’s height (about 0.4 inches should do it).
  3. Align the piece of tape so that it’s covering a section of the lower left metal side of the iPhone 4, some below the thin black plastic line and some above.
  4. Stick it around the phone’s metal edge, making sure that all of the back of the edge’s metal strip is covered–you may even be able to leave the front uncovered, as it’s the back where your hand will rest. The main thing is to ensure that it’s unlikely that your palm will touch the metal on both sides of the black plastic line.

Result: Your iPhone 4’s twin antennas are now insulated against skin short-circuiting in the "problem corner". You don’t even have to use scotch tape–make a statement and do it in bright red electrician’s tape, if you feel better for it. 

 It’s about time the geniuses at 3M got some attention.




Oh, and the new iPhone? It’s lovely; held one yesterday.