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Apple to deliver software fix for reception problem as soon as Monday?

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Apple to deliver software fix for reception problem as soon as Monday?
Apparently, telling people how to hold their new iPhone 4 or suggesting rubber cases was not going to sit well with the public as Apple's only cures for what was wrong with its new handset. Speculation is growing rapidly that the Cupertino based firm will deliver a software-based cure for the phone as soon as this Monday. What was originally believed to be a hardware problem with the antenna (which happens to all cellphones that are grabbed, according to Apple) could instead be a software problem that leads to a lag when the phone is searching for the frequency with the best signal to noise ratio. The lag is not calibrated correctly which leads to the phone thinking that there is "no service" and disconnecting a phone call. The upgrade to iOS 4 is expected to solve this problem and iOS 4.01 will allow for radio frequency calibration of the baseband. If all goes well, that will be the end of the iPhone 4's left-handed death grip that took over sites like YouTube in the last few days. Reports of the possible software fix had come initially from the forums connected to Apple's tech support site, but those comments have been taken down. Since the launch of the phone and the first videos of the "death grip", subsequent testing has shown that an iPhone 3GS upgraded to the new iOS 4 suffered the same problems. This was good news for iPhone 4 buyers because had the problem been related to the stainless steel trim that doubles as an antenna, Apple might have had to perform a massive recall. Instead, a quick software upgrade Monday could knock this issue off of the "front page".

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:47

1. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


hahahah still one of the funniest stories I've read in awhile lol

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 07:53

2. ilia1986 (unregistered)


If this will prove to be indeed the end of all this reception issue thing - and the problem will be completely solved - I will virtually slap all the the haters and naysayers who caused me to waste my time and energy explaining some common sense stuff to people. As I said - you should all have given Apple at least the benefit of the doubt. Not every company releases a bugfix update within less then a week to something that could be otherwise solved in several other methods.

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 08:45

8. CHEFJEFF (Posts: 144; Member since: 22 Sep 2009)


What a MORON you are! How can a company release a product with such a MAJOR glitch. Don't they test their products? Or maybe it's because they know people like you will give them the benefit of the doubt and support them no matter what! CAN YOU SAY FANBOY!

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 08:50

9. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Apparently you have been living in your own little bubble. Major companies make products with major bugs\glitches\problems on a regular basis. It happens in many other fields in addition to the phone industry. Its how a company manages these situations and how quickly they resolve them what counts. - 1 to you and post reported for insults.

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 11:01

12. ILOVEIPHONE25 (unregistered)


ur a fanboy, all of people on this website are....why do you click on an apple article to talk down about the article or writer? get a life and grow up

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 17:22

31. CHEFJEFF (Posts: 144; Member since: 22 Sep 2009)


You forgot to wipe Steve's jizz off your mouth.

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 17:28

32. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


no need to be a baby about it ilia!

posted on 27 Jun 2010, 20:50

59. CHEFJEFF (Posts: 144; Member since: 22 Sep 2009)


OK I think we all agree that ilia1986 is part of the iSheep herd, and a douche!

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 07:59

3. scottmbolt (unregistered)


Apple really shat the bed wit this, but it doesn't matter to the Crapple fanboys. They still defend this hunk of junk.

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 08:04

4. ilia1986 (unregistered)


And you still attack it. Not that I'm a fanboy or anything.. I think you would continue to attack it even if apple offered a 200$ rebate for every second left until that issue was fixed. After all, its much easier to attack something just because you hate it for one reason or another (could it be jealousy?).

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 08:30

6. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


It's no use ilia, these haters are like sharks that smell a drop of blood. They see one imperfections and attack. Forgetting about the droids battery cover problems, or camera problems that needed software fixes that happened on several android models. I've been called a fanboy even after I've confessed to having a nexus one and an iPhone. They're ridiculous.

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 11:02

13. ILOVEIPHONE25 (unregistered)


there is no use to fighting, all of these people are google fanboys....

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 15:10

27. theGodpapa (Posts: 181; Member since: 15 Dec 2009)


droid battery cover problems??? I am sorry, you talking about the couple hundred people who had a issue with this comparable to the millions who own one? Sad nit picker, any issues the DROID platform had were minimal compared to DROPPING ALL YOUR PHONE CALLS! Thats a serious issue, and for anyone to defend crapple on this mess up is hilarious because they are held to a higher pedestal that they themselves placed themselves on. Q & A team must have been on vacation that month(s).

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 18:54

38. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)


At least we can own up to some of the problems that iPhone has. But you droidboys always come into articles and talk all the shit you can. Android has its own set of issues you should be defending rather than implementing only the top features against the iPhone. Android might have things iPhone doesn't, but it definitely is much uglier compared to what iPhone has. The basic functions on the Android look like the thrown out ideas of the iPhone. Copy & Paste, Multitouch, Keyboard, Apps. There's much more, but I'm not gonna waste my time comparing the two. We also need to take into consideration that Android is for nerds who really want to play with their hardware. And what is this site filled with? Nerds. Completely biased uneducated nerds. What I don't understand is why keep complaining about Android being so "open", when you can basically break Apple's rule, which most of you already have, and do it better on an iPhone? And yes, it is much better on a jailbroken iPhone than it is on an Android.

posted on 27 Jun 2010, 06:23

50. taaars (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Jun 2010)


Own up? I have read SOOO many forums were isheep constantly bash other phones for their shortcomings, saying how good apples QC is and that everyone else is just garbage. That apple makes the best products, etc. Well, its no surprise that people will jump on all these issues the iphone 4 has, and its not just one, or two, but three major problems apple has coming out of the gate. Now that the isheep have seen their god bleed, maybe they to will learn that their devices are just as prone to issues as any other electronic item.

posted on 28 Jun 2010, 14:18

61. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Likewise to any problems all the Android yankers have with their phones. Most people who frequent these articles have strong opinions about their equipment/OS of choice. Just like you point out Apple fans commenting in Android articles, the same happens vice versa. If Android fanboys feel the need to rub salt in the wound, how do you not expect Apple fans to do the same?

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 08:15

5. EFchris91 (Posts: 22; Member since: 25 Jun 2010)


Cant wait till the Droid X comes out and has a few issues. The Droid fanboys are gonna shit their pants.

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 08:35

7. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Thats right. Im not a fanboy of either Apple or Android - but I love both platforms. Every phone that comes out can have some tech issues. No phone is perfect. People just think that just because this is the iPhone and people are crazy over it, this phone makes coffee, cures cancer and resurrects Jesuz christ. And when it has a tiny bit of problems - they start throwing dirt like mad.

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 09:09

11. EFchris91 (Posts: 22; Member since: 25 Jun 2010)


I'm not a fanboy either, each company has its perks and flaws. I'd love to have the Desire or the N one, but at the same time I like the iPhone 4 too. I'm getting an iPhone next week, even if it has problems, it will get fixed. Every electronic has its problems at first, look at the Xbox. It doesnt mean that they didnt test them or didnt know. To stop production that early would probably cost them more money, so they'd rather just sell them and give them an update a week later. Like I said, just wait till the Droid has a problem..

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 12:02

17. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


If the droid x has any glitches or bugs, they will be minor. I highly doubt it'll be as awful as holding your phone will kill your service. You may not have any problems with your iphone but imagine if you were one of the many who did. I doubt you'd be pleased and I'm sure you would be wondering how they could allow such a defect to happen. When you have software lag that's one thing, but even you have to admit that's a bit too much.

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 12:10

20. ilia1986 (unregistered)


You are aware that if indeed this whole problem will completely disappear by monday - which I believe it will - all this "Major issue" stuff will become irrelevant, right? Or maybe you believe that having to be careful while holding your phone or using a bumper protector instead for a period which is less than a week (and only relevant to those who bought the iPhone 4 so far) - and all because of a software bug - stuff which happens on many many other phones as well - is nothing short of a crime against humanity. You take this a bit too seriously. How they could allow such a defect to happen? In the same way many other companies could.. and let's not even talk about the software business, particularly games, alot of which ship with game-crashing bugs, and etc etc. Every company makes mistakes. Be them major or minor. This one might be major - but it's overall effect is an almost nonexistent one - because by monday it most likely be gone altogether.

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 19:00

39. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)


What I don't understand is when they come out with these issues posted, but who are the sources? Who makes these sources completely authentic and reliable? I get that they are using multiple iPhones, but I've talked to all my friends about this issue to see if they are experiencing it and they aren't. I've gone through at least 5 of them and haven't seen any issue. But still, even with me talking about my experience with it, all the fanboys will believe what is posted on this site. And even worse, they get all butt hurt when they talk about the iPhone. Just like the issue with the N1, I haven't had any issues with mine since the day I got it. Is it just because I'm lucky? I highly doubt it out of all the owners that have this phone. People need to pull their heads out of their asses and look at the situation in the right perspective, not a narrow-minded one.

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 09:07

10. rwolf1984 (Posts: 532; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


Ive seen the videos and maybe there is a bad batch and some defective units are circulating...however, i played with an iPhone 4 last night and made several attempts to duplicate what i've seen online. Honestly, I could not duplicate the signal loss....I am strongly considering picking up one of these phones. The screen is amazing I dont wanna look at any other screens after looking at the iPhone 4 screen. However, I am going to wait until next month and keep monitoring the issues. I think these are not major glitches just a small number of defective units...an unfortunate side effect of bored bloggers, mass production and suicides @ Fox Conn, lol...jk...everyone is dogging iPhone and saying droid is better when they carry an EVO, Hero, or Moment on Sprint...Droid is a line of Android phones on Verizon. So Congratulations You are now retarded in 3 languages. Venti isnt Large biotch!!

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 12:09

19. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)


or, "droid" could just be the shortening of "android"... I have an EVO, and what's wrong with me saying it's a droid phone?

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 14:41

26. rwolf1984 (Posts: 532; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


its not a Droid Eris, Droid, Droid II, or Droid X...its an EVO 4G...but u can call it whatever you want...Android is the name of the OS Droid is a line of android phones on Verizon Wireless...

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 11:03

14. ILOVEIPHONE25 (unregistered)


i am not having these issues with my iphone 4

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 11:16

15. matt_android (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Jun 2010)


FFFF YOU APPLE!!! No offense to Apple users, but the iPhone will still have the most boring, outdated, and unintuitive UI and OS in the entire world. Go android. I LOVE MY DROID!

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 11:25

16. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Are you yet another troll who just likes to get attention to yourself? Reported.

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 17:29

33. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


stop be such a baby ilia and get off here if you can't handle insults!

posted on 26 Jun 2010, 19:03

40. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)


Lol what are we on, a talk show? Put your droidboy on a leash and shut him up from posting on iPhone articles.

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