Apple says iPhone 4 problem is software based and will issue an upgrade in a few weeks

Apple says iPhone 4 problem is software based and will issue an upgrade in a few weeks
Apple says that it has incorrectly calculated the number of signal bars that should be on the iPhone 4 at a given time. The Cupertino based firm says that the result is that the phone overestimates by two bars, the actual signal strength. The statement from Apple says that they will adopt a new formula recently suggested by AT&T which will give a more accurate reading. Also, bars 1, 2 and 3 will be made a little bit taller so that they can stand out better. The problem has been part of the iPhone since the first-gen model was launched and thus, the software fix that will be sent out will also be available for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Still no word on the "death-grip" and Apple still has yet to agree that it had even made a mistake designing the antenna.

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source: Apple via Engadget

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56 Comments

1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1789; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

what about on some atliest the calls actually get dropped when you touch it there

22. matt1q2aw3 unregistered

Where is "ILOVEIPHONE25" to defend apple... He/she is usually early in on these comments

28. de 2 philly

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 11, 2010

"fake bars in more places"

35. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

He got pwned hardcore in a different article so he might be crying himself to sleep right about now, besides theres nothing you can defend here lol

40. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

hi matt. the new Iphone was pushed to stores to soon.Apple trying to keep up with the compatision, went to fast with their new phone.The problems are not the phone, but everything they tried to put into the phone.

55. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

I think it's a sign that Apple is maturing. Traditionally Apple produced products for a rather small niche market. This gave them the time to test, perfect their products and really think out of the box. However, as they've become more popular especially after the original iPhone they no longer have those luxuries. They now have to bow to the same pressures all other "mainstream" companies have to! In many ways they are in the position Microsoft was in a few years ago.. With product deadlines and the pressure to be first to market, innovation becomes more and more difficult! Let's hope that these errors can be minimized and eliminated. I truly admire the company for its commitment to excellence! I believe that Apple's main contribution to the market is that it's raised the bar of products consumers can expect. We can see that in products like the Nexus one and Motorola droid. Let's see what WP can offer and if Nokia can remain relevant in future.. They SERIOUSLY need to work on their P.R. though!

2. ilia1986 unregistered

Let the mocking begin. It's probably justified. There - I said it.

39. hornetmx

Posts: 71; Member since: Mar 12, 2010

WHAT??????? You have been defending from the start and now you go out like that? dissapointing. Understandable but dssapointing.

43. ilia1986 unregistered

Well, they promised a software fixed on monday, remember? So they deserve a bit of a punishment in terms of bad internet opinion on some remote phone site out there..

48. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

Sorry ilia 1986 i read what you typed to fast and hit the minus key.

3. hcbarclay

Posts: 62; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

sounds like APPLE is QUIETLY saying that ATT coverage isnt as strong as ATT wants you to think it is...

33. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I'm getting the same kind of feeling.

45. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

I still don't understand how they messed this up. I mean, they are expected of so much from everyone that something like this shouldn't have been a problem. They've made 3 generations, so how could they screw up the fourth one?

49. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

Apple went to fast trying to make everyone happy. And to keep up with HTC.

4. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

crApple is gettin scared! A class-action suit is announced and a day later they admit a problem and say a fix is on the way? Coincidence? NAH!

5. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

This really has nothing to do with the class action law suit. The law suit is for the antenna problem the article clearly says hasn't been addressed.

11. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Okay so they adopt a new signal formula to mask the problem so when you grip the phone it still LOOKS like it has signal...Thats just my speculation and opinion, we'll see what happens.

30. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I hope this works out. Like in some places I had 1-2 bars with other AT&T phones but my iPhone showed 5 full bars and dropped all the way to 1 if I hold it. It doesn't change the fact that the signal is 1 bar now, but maybe it was suppose to be at 2 bars to begin with anyways. And I did a quick little test where I did the death grip when driving in the back seat of a car. I death gripped my iPhone the entire time and instead of staying at 1 bar the whole time like you'd expect with the death grip, the signal would actually go up depending on my location. But we'll see what happens later I guess.

31. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I'm getting the same kind of feeling.

32. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I'm getting the same kind of feeling.

50. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

I think your Iphone with the aluminum body was trying to use your bady for a better signal.

6. scottmbolt unregistered

How can any Apple fanboy actually defend this rubbish?

7. hcbarclay

Posts: 62; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

yeah how can they?! sounds like the lemmings have another story to believe in

17. CHEFJEFF

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

Because their loyal and obedient to their master and God Steve ASSHOLE Jobs!

21. matt1q2aw3 unregistered

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Translation: Steve Jobs is GOD!!!

29. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

lol +1

46. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Well, you guys have to understand too, this isn't something really expected of Apple. Like I said in an earlier post, they are seen as the top smartphone right now by majority of people that it kinda seems like something such as an antenna problem is kinda silly. I still haven't experienced the "death grip" issue and I've played with my sister's iPhone all day to see if it'd happen, but it didn't. Iono, I'm not gonna buy any phone until I'm certain.

51. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

Steve jobs is growing older could we all please not judge the man?

52. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

No Steve jobs is just a man.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, im sure i

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