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Apple says it will give free protective cases to buyers of its latest iPhone. The move is to alleviate the so-called "death grip" problem in which holding the phone with a bare hand can muffle the wireless signal.
Apple's Chief Executive announced the giveaway on Friday during a news conference at the company's headquarters in California. More than three million people who have already bought the iPhone 4 and new buyers through late September will be eligible to receive a new case.
Consumer Reports magazine said covering the spot with a case or even a piece of duct tape alleviates the problem. The influential publication refused to give the iPhone 4 its "recommended" stamp of approval for this reason.
Earlier, Apple said the problem with the phone was primarily a software issue. It issued a software update on Thursday it said would make the number of bars shown on the phone's screen more accurate.
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