Friday, June 25, 2010

Apple has released official advice for iPhone 4 owners to overcome the problem of the device losing signal when held by the lower left corner. Steve Jobs responded to a query about the problem from one owner by saying: “Just avoid holding it in that way.

BBC News - Apple issues advice to avoid iPhone flaw

This is really funny because it is a very old tech meme that goes back to at least World War II. We usually call it “don’t do that.”

It goes like this:

User: when I hold escape while right clicking between noon and 12:15 on a Tuesday, the window minimizes.

Programmer: don’t do that then. 

The iPhone 4 version:

User: If I hold the iPhone like *this* I lose all of my signal bars.

Steve Jobs: Just avoid holding it that way.