NEW YORK (
iPhone 4 has similar problems to the
version, causing calls to drop in weak signal conditions if the phone is held in a certan way, according to
The group saw a "meaningful decline in performance" when the Verizon iPhone 4 was held in a "specific but quite natural way," in which a gap in the phone's external casing is covered.
is not including the Verizon iPhone 4 in its list of recommended smartphones for that reason.
Last year, many iPhone customers complained that they would lose reception when the device was held in a particular way. Known as Antennagate, the problem was a public relations disaster for Apple, and
the company was forced to hold a press conference to address the issue
Shares of Apple rose 1.3% in afternoon trading Friday to $347.19.
--Written by Olivia Oran in New York.
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