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Calling all antenna engineers: Apple needs you

Duane Davis, left, learns about the new features

Duane Davis, left, learns about the new features of the Apple iPhone 4 while talking to an Apple employee during the first day of sales for the new phone. Credit: AP

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - Wanted: Three geniuses to improve iPhone antennas.

According to job postings spotted by a reader of technology blog Slashdot, Apple Inc. is hiring engineers to refine iPhone and iPad antennas.

This wouldn't be notable except that the redesigned iPhone has something of an antenna problem. Holding the phone a certain way can cause the signal to fade or cut out.

Apple isn't saying whether these are new openings or spots that were recently vacated.

But while its public answer to the problem felt flip — buy a protective case, or, in a widely reposted e-mail attributed to CEO Steve Jobs, "Just avoid holding it in that way" — the hunt for experts indicates a real fix could be underway.

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