View Poll Results: Do you think the proximity issue in the iP4 is a HW or SW glitch...and what can fix i

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  • Software Problem (An update will fix!)

    13 65.00%
  • Hardward Problem (No update besides replacement!)

    7 35.00%
  1. TLD1's Avatar
    With many (like myself) having issues with the iPhone 4 proximity sensor not locking the screen on least not all the time, and the answer of whether Apple will issue a recall or replacement program...

    What do you think the PS issue is? A software glitch...or a hardware problem?
    07-15-2010 05:15 PM
  2. noaim's Avatar
    I think the proximity sensor can be fixed by a software update it works it just doesn't work well enough and I think its a software sensitivity thing
    07-15-2010 05:18 PM
  3. lungho's Avatar
    I think it's a software problem too. However if it's not, Apple is going to take the phone back for a full refund, even if it's after the 30 days and without a restocking fee. And if some store geek gives me guff about it, I'll plant this phone where he will have no choice to think about it every single time he takes a dump.

    Ok, now it's off to the wife. We need to talk about bail money.
    07-15-2010 05:27 PM
  4. spades1412's Avatar
    I think its a hardware problem. If a software problem, everyone with the phone would be having the same problem. I have absolutely no problems with the proximity sensor. Mine works as designed.
    07-15-2010 06:20 PM
  5. chippy19977's Avatar
    The apple discussion forum has many posts stating that the ios update released today fixed the sensor issue. I doubt it, but interesting I suppose. I had the issue, but I restored as a new phone two weeks ago and it seems to have helped. No more cheek dialing since then.
    07-15-2010 06:38 PM
  6. awtryau89's Avatar
    I had the opposite of many. I sometimes would lose calls but sometimes I would take the phone away from my face and the screen stayed black. It would freeze my phone. I took it into Apple today and told them of the issue and they replaced it immediately without me even asking for it. I took the new phone and on the way home tried to make a call before a backup or restore. The proximity sensor would not even turn the screen off. I was pissed thinking this phone was worse than the one I just got replaced. Anyway, I got home and updated to 4.0.1 and it works great. I have tested it over and over on calls with my hands and face and no issues so far. I am beginning to think it was software for sure based on my experience.
    07-15-2010 07:15 PM
  7. jakej914's Avatar
    I don't think it's necessarily faulty hardware. I think the change in sensor placement is what has done it. Whether a software update could fix it, in that the sensitivity is changed, I don't know.
    07-15-2010 11:07 PM
  8. newguy7's Avatar
    When I took my phone back to apple for the proximity issue they had a look inside with some microscope thingie and offered the replacement immediately. It might be a hardware thing.
    07-16-2010 07:08 AM
  9. chobbs1's Avatar
    Most likely, They were just looking at the water damage indicator.
    07-16-2010 08:27 AM
  10. jakej914's Avatar
    Looking through other forums and checking up on what's said, it really does seem like this black bezel could be too dark. On the white iP4 pics that have surfaced, you can clearly see where the proximity sensor in the bezel. I guess we'll see.
    07-16-2010 09:41 AM
  11. ghostface147's Avatar
    I have the issue and it sucks at times, but I get around it. I am hoping it's a software issue. I'll given until 4.1 to see if they fix it. If not, replacement it is. Funny how I go through three units until I get a trouble free iPhone every single generation.
    07-16-2010 09:46 AM
  12. marketsqhero's Avatar
    The white bezel has a cut out as white being reflective would skew the sensor readings. Basically it takes an average of the surrounding light, then when it suddenly goes darker (i.e. by your face blocking the light) it kicks in.

    If it can't get a true reading of the average light it doesn't work.

    My guess is the bezel is too dark and it's not letting enough light through, therefore it's average is low and putting your face to it isn't the rapid fluctuation it needs to work.

    So, hardware issue.
    07-16-2010 09:49 AM