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Apple posts jobs for iPhone antenna engineers

iPhone antenna job postings

Since its June 24th release, the iPhone has stirred up quite a ruckus. There have been consistent reports that Apple's latest attempt at better reception has fallen short. When the iPhone 4 is held in the left-hand (covering the black strip at the bottom left corner), the phone's cell signal seems to fade into the abyss.

On that note, Engadget has found some interesting job postings on Apple's job search site. The latest three postings went live on June 23rd. This just so happens to be the day reception complaints began coming to light. The job title is "Antenna Engineer - iPad/iPhone" and contains the following in its description:

"Responsibilities: Define and implement antenna system architecture to optimize the radiation performance for wireless portable devices."

The same job posting (without the iPad in the title) was made back on January 29th as well. This could be a sign that the postings are a mere coincidence, or that Apple has known about the issue and ignored it since the beginning of the year. The fact that Apple felt the need to add the iPad into the mix could just be a way to try and divert attention from the company admitting iPhone antenna defeat.

On the bright side, at least Apple is taking complaints seriously and hiring engineers to help with the problem. In the meantime, if you're experiencing the antenna design flaw, it may be wise to grab a bumper or, as Steve Jobs suggests, "just avoid holding it that way."

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