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Apple: 'Hold your iPhone 4 differently'

Or buy one of our cases, firm says

The geniuses at Apple have put their heads together and come out of the lab with a simple fix for the iPhone 4's bizarre reception issue: hold your phone differently.

Yesterday saw the release of Apple's latest gadget, but unfortunately it was quickly discovered that the all-powerful messiah phone has a fatal flaw: holding the gadget in a certain way kills reception, which means making phone calls or downloading games is rather difficult.

Apple's statement brushes off the defect as a common issue that is found in most devices.

"Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas," it says.

"This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases."

So, if you're having problems, hold the phone in a different way or spend more money to fix the issue preventing the device from performing its primary function. That's that then.