Apple Admit To iPhone 4 Problems: Press release promises fix

By Gary Johnson - Jul 2, 2010

After a week of complaints and problems with the reception on the iPhone 4, Apple has finally admitted to a fault. Apple has posted an open letter on its website, but is saying the problem is a software fault and not the hardware.

Dan Moren of is reporting that the problem is caused by an algorithm used to calculate the bars of signal reception. Apple has promised a software patch in the coming weeks that will use a new formula. This will not improve reception but will be more accurate in showing the real signal strength. The formula was originally suggested by AT&T.

The software patch will also be available for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Apple stated “we sometimes display 4 bars when we should be displaying as few as 2 bars.” So according to them loss of signal caused by holding the device is likely because the real signal strength was not as good as the phone was displaying.

Time will tell if the forthcoming patch will fix the reception issues owners have been experiencing. Click here to read the full article.

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  • R2D2

    R2D2 here,

    Apple Inc. said Friday that it was "stunned" to find that its iPhones have for years been using a "totally wrong" formula to determine how many bars of signal strength they are getting. Since Job’s first fix “you’re holding it wrong” did not sell well he now has the solution: Use software to pretend that the hardware is working. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Oh, and that new software will also make you weigh ten pounds less and will add 10K to your bank account. Ahhhhhhahahahaha! Oops, help me Obi-Wan! I laughed so hard I fell over and can’t get up.

    It’s July and hot on Earth. Better drink up that Kool-Aid.

    No such problems with my Droids. The hardware is the best in the galaxy. You earthlings can expect another delivery very soon. The Millennium Falcon has just jumped to hyperspace to get my Droids there without delay.

    The Force is with us! R2D2