Originally Posted by AppleInsider
This is true of iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, as well as many Droid, Nokia and RIM phones.
Interesting that they refer to Android-based phones as simply Droid. Perhaps it's like most of the "Get a Mac" ads not referring to Windows, just PC, until the gaff with Vista made is sour name worth stating directly.
This is a far bigger drop than normal, and as a result some have accused the iPhone 4 of having a faulty antenna design.
Note that they aren't saying it's a faulty design, simply stating that some have made the accusation.
We have discovered the cause of this dramatic drop in bars... Upon investigation,...
I'm amazed that some of you actually have a problem with Apple stating they had to look into the problem. I know it doesn't jibe with your conspiracy theory that Apple designed the Bumpers to deal with reception issues, but perhaps it's time you let that silly drop for once, or am I asking too much from this community?
We will issue a free software update within a few weeks that incorporates the corrected formula. Since this mistake has been present since the original iPhone, this software update will also be available for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G.
A few weeks, eh? I have assume they will issue it sooner rather than later in that time frame, but it does suggest the resolved than altering the height or bars and what Db each bar represents.
Originally Posted by thomasfxlt
"As a reminder, if you are not fully satisfied, you can return your undamaged iPhone to any Apple Retail Store or the online Apple Store within 30 days of purchase for a full refund."
So there you go. Shut up or take it back.
Wait, what?! I and others were saying this yesterday and were told we were liars and fanboys. g3pro
in particular was posting an obnoxiously large font to refer to non-defective product returns and products that weren't phones. So is this a new policy or did some people run around like Chicken Little, yet again? inquiring minds want to know.
Originally Posted by brett_x
I guess that's one way to get "More bars in more places"
Maybe this will lead to "More prototypes in more bars".
Originally Posted by Jerseymac
Wow. A software fix for a situation that half the community here said didn't even exist. And I thought you guys knew everything!
Who said there was no issue? Who said that Apple and iOS 4.0 was perfect? The only thing the pragmatic posters stated was that there is no proof of the exposed antenna being a "design flaw". Big difference.
Originally Posted by RichL
A good company admits to its mistakes. Well done, Apple!
Classic corporate misdirect. They admitted to one thing while ignoring another. But that's not their fault, it's the silly Chicken Littles who have clouded the issue this past week. All Apple did was their hysteria to their advantage by disclosing one issue as the
I think it's telling that it will takes up to a few weeks to release a fix for this. That makes me lean even further toward this being a driver issue for the UMTS chips; well, that they will try to fix with a driver issue.
Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
This is tantamount to confirmation from Apple that the iPhone 4 actually has a hardware/design problem.
That is an erroneous conclusion and only works if all other things are equal, which they are not.
Of course, the real test will come after the update. If you can touch the iPhone 4's "3G-Spot" and have a website stop completely and instantly, and then startup again the moment you release it then they would have successfully resolved the issue.
Originally Posted by parksgm
I find it difficult to believe that a thirty year old computer company responsible for several revolutions in personal computing capable of engineering a state-of-the art network-integrated web browsing, media playing device somehow neglected to check the accuracy of the signal strength formula.
Come on...this doesn't even make sense. This is an egregious error in the most basic functionality of a device that comes from a company so perfectionistic that people were debunking the first authentic pictures of the device because of asthetically unpleasing, millimeter-wide breaks in the side of the case.
Your argument starts off saying Apple is too big and experienced to make such a gaff (which isn't true, look at MS et al.), but then your next paragraph talks about basic functionality that they have failed at. You can't have it both ways. You either to think that all companies, run by people, can make a mistake, or that they are infallible. If they don't mistakes then I guess we should never expect point updates to SW.
Note, this is only their 4th device using cellular tech pushing the envelope of size, power and efficiency well beyond the longtime giants in this industry, and there are many who claim that Apple can't even get WiFI right even though they've had that under their belt since 1999.
Originally Posted by digitalclips
You can't discount the possibility that you have a lemon. There must be some problem sets out there and the assumption they all have an issue is now more than likely wrong thus meaning yours might be a bad one.
Have lemon, want working model, get new one. Have lemon, don't want new one, get money back. Have lemon, want new one, but only after SW fix proven to work, get money back.
Originally Posted by adam937
Maybe this change simply reverses the signal strength display "improvement" they made back in OS 2.1:http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/20...one-os-2-1.ars
I clearly remember the display began to show more bars after installing this update.
Originally Posted by dm3
This is very sad. How embarrassing for those insisting that Apple would fix it.
This fixes nothing, can't folks read?
This doesn't address, not even admit the problem.
Changing the pretty picture of the number of bars has nothing to do with reception.
It doesn't take a few weeks to alter a "pretty picture".
Originally Posted by neondiet
How about we wait and see what happens until after
the update has been released.
That sounds like a great idea.