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Apple on Thursday issued iOS 4.0.1 for the iPhone, improving the accuracy of the handset's signal display strength. It also released iOS 3.2.1 for the iPad to improve Wi-Fi connectivity issues.

Issued Thursday afternoon, Apple said that iOS 4.0.1 includes just one fix, improving "the formula to determine how many bars of signal strength to display." It is available for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G.

The iPhone release came a day after Apple released a beta of a different update, iOS 4.1, to developers. That forthcoming update is expected to include a number of fixes that go beyond the reporting of signal strength on the iPhone.

The cosmetic software fix, however, does not address antenna issues that some users have experienced specifically with the iPhone 4 hardware. Apple is expected to reveal its reaction to that issue at a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday.

There was no indication that iOS 4.0.1 will address the proximity sensor issue that has affected some iPhone 4 owners. The problem can cause the phone's touchscreen to become active while on a call, causing users to accidentally place a call on hold, end the call, or choose another option on the display.

iOS 3.2.1 for the iPad, according to Apple, includes a number of fixes:
Improved Wi-Fi connectivity
Fixed an issue that could prevent copy and paste of single-page PDF attachments in Mail
Addressed an issue that could cause video playback to freeze
Improved reliability of video-out when using iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter
Added Bing as an option for Safari's search field
While Apple quickly issued an update, as promised, for the iPhone 4 bar issue, the iPad update took more time. Apple had originally revealed that a fix for Wi-Fi issues was forthcoming in May.

A number of users have reported dropped signals and connectivity issues with the iPad when connected to a Wi-Fi wireless network. The IT department at Princeton University said the issue occurred because the iPad would continue to use a network-assigned IP address after it had expired.
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No mention of the proximity sensor? Morons. That's a bigger issue for a lot of people than the antenna.
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9to5 mac says "The free update promises to fix the antenna "death-grip" issue which is supposedly related to a math formula malfunction regarding the the display of the iPhone's service signal bars."

WRONG!!!!! The update DOES NOT say it fixes the antenna issue.
post #4 of 141
No bars is the fix. It's your signal stupid! lol.
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So is the timing of tomorrow's press release far enough away to say see I told ya so - its fixed. Or maybe so close that they can claim it is fixed but not enough people would have had enough time to test it out - essentially resetting the clock on the problem.

Would be nice if they (meaning Jobs or whoever will lead the press conference) were to say tomorrow something along the lines of - yes there is a manufacturing problem affecting these serial numbers (insert start number) through (insert end number) and a fix is available or perhaps - yes it turns out the conductivity of the exterior material was not as designed (making it a manufacturing process fault not a design fault ya see) and that production line has been updated with new parts and a fix is available - or as a work around for anyone not wanting to part with their phone long enough to get it repaired - here is a bumper case for $5.
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Oh nooos the internet is going to break!
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It's interesting that iTunes reported my iPhone 4's OS was being updated and THEN clearly said the firmware was being updated. The bars would just be a software fix, I imagine; so why the firmware update? Hmm.
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It's interesting that iTunes reported my iPhone 4's OS was being updated and THEN clearly said the firmware was being updated. The bars would just be a software fix, I imagine; so why the firmware update? Hmm.

The "software" system for the iOS devices IS considered firmware (at least I think it is).
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It's interesting that iTunes reported my iPhone 4's OS was being updated and THEN clearly said the firmware was being updated. The bars would just be a software fix, I imagine; so why the firmware update? Hmm.

The firmware is the OS and the OS is the firmware. Same thing, different words.
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Issued Thursday afternoon, Apple said that iOS 4.0.1 includes just one fix, improving "the formula to determine how many bars of signal strength to display."

gotta love efficiency. one fix. 579.3MB download.

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No mention of the proximity sensor? Morons. That's a bigger issue for a lot of people than the antenna.

yeah, it is for me. was talking to a friend this morning, phone to the ear, and the call hung up. for once i suspect it wasn't an at&t dropped call. called them back and about ten seconds after putting the phone up to my ear my peripheral vision caught a flash of light from the phone. looked at the phone to see that it had launched google maps with some address from my contacts, and i haven't used that contact in over a year. guess my fat cheek and the proximity sensor don't mix.
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Now... does anyone still see 5 bars or is that impossible to get now?

I wanna see a screenshot of 5 bars after 4.0.1.

I think the new bar design looks really bad. I wish they would've kept the old design and only changed the values of each bar.
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Originally Posted by woofpup View Post

It's interesting that iTunes reported my iPhone 4's OS was being updated and THEN clearly said the firmware was being updated. The bars would just be a software fix, I imagine; so why the firmware update? Hmm.

Duh, firmware/software are both programs. The firmware is stored in a different way (and place) than the rest of the software on the device and typically is non-volatile. In a device that keeps the software (applications) in SRAM it can be confusing since they both persist across launches. Firmware is typically much lower level stuff than your avg application and has access to things that as developers we don't (are not supposed to anyway) access.

IHTH.
post #13 of 141
Does it fix proximity sensor?

Thanks!
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No mention of the proximity sensor? Morons. That's a bigger issue for a lot of people than the antenna.

I agree. I tend to be relaxed and positive about most things, but the fact that I can't hold the phone to my ear and make a call without always wondering if I muted is nuts. I end up making the issue worse continuously having to check.

I will be a the apple store on Monday for a return if this is not resolved, will revert to 3GS for a few months.
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gotta love efficiency. one fix. 579.3MB download.



yeah, it is for me. was talking to a friend this morning, phone to the ear, and the call hung up. for once i suspect it wasn't an at&t dropped call. called them back and about ten seconds after putting the phone up to my ear my peripheral vision caught a flash of light from the phone. looked at the phone to see that it had launched google maps with some address from my contacts, and i haven't used that contact in over a year. guess my fat cheek and the proximity sensor don't mix.

Maybe just hold your face differently. All these years and we have all been holding our face wrong.
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Over 300MB for this new bar chart....amazing.
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Not much to say really, except I don't think this solves anything. In my experience (unscientific of course) 2 bars vs 5 bars does not make any difference in voice quality (one bar does have some degradation I can hear), which means we are still waiting for free bumpers or some sort of coating that can be applied on the antenna.
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Originally Posted by Pooch View Post

gotta love efficiency. one fix. 579.3MB download.

Weird. My download is only 378.0MB. I've got a 3GS rather than 4 though, but I'd be very surprised if it was a different OS download.
post #19 of 141
Successful download and install.

Tried the "Grip". Three bars went down to one but stayed connected. When released, went back up to three.

I have seen five bars on the phone before the update but I know I am in a low signal strength area and didn't believe the five bars.

Now, watching the iPhone 4, I get one bar with it on a wooden table.

The accuracy of the display has been improved.
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9to5 mac says "The free update promises to fix the antenna "death-grip" issue which is supposedly related to a math formula malfunction regarding the the display of the iPhone's service signal bars."

WRONG!!!!! The update DOES NOT say it fixes the antenna issue.

Actually, you are wrong yourself.

We'll find out tomorrow if there is any new information but up until today, the only "problem" Apple has admitted to with the iPhone 4 is the signal bar issue, and the only "fix" in the pipe for it that they have mentioned is exactly this update.

So it's actually totally correct to say that this update "fixes" the only known, admitted issue with the iPhone 4 reception (at least as far as Apple is concerned and as far as they have told us).
post #21 of 141
"While Apple quickly issued an update, as promised, for the iPhone 4 bar issue"

3 weeks doesn't seem to be that quick for a patch that fixes one issue, and such a publicized issue at that.
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Now I have 2 or 3 fat bars whereas I had 5 skinny ones. As long as that improves reception I don't care!
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Originally Posted by Pooch View Post

gotta love efficiency. one fix. 579.3MB download.

I think you have to d/l the entire OS, no matter how small the adjustment.
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Does this fix the Safari on iPad page caching problem?

http://www.yuiblog.com/blog/2010/06/...-cache-limits/
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gotta love efficiency. one fix. 579.3MB download.

That is pretty ridiculous for a x.x.1 update. It’s going to take me 4 hours to DL this update at this rate, but I’m lucky to have any internet at all so I’m not complaining.

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guess my fat cheek and the proximity sensor don't mix.

That is my only issue with the iPhone 4.



PS: This recent article by Pogue on Snopes.com reminds me of the idiot mob mentality going on with the iPhone 4. Someone says something unsubstantiated which is then repeated by others until you need some site with actual researchers and critical thinkers to site the record straight, but it’s gotten so out of hand that it’s only good for those seeking truth. Speculation is one thing, making absolute statements without any evidence is nonsense.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/15/te...gue-email.html
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post #25 of 141
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Originally Posted by ghostface147 View Post

No mention of the proximity sensor? Morons. That's a bigger issue for a lot of people than the antenna.

Yeah, I have the problem too. When holding the phone up to my head, I get:

-- Calls put on Hold
-- Call trying to switch to FaceTime
-- Calls ending suddenly
-- Phone dials another contact while I'm on the line with a person already
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Duh, firmware/software are both programs. The firmware is stored in a different way (and place) than the rest of the software on the device and typically is non-volatile. In a device that keeps the software (applications) in SRAM it can be confusing since they both persist across launches. Firmware is typically much lower level stuff than your avg application and has access to things that as developers we don't (are not supposed to anyway) access.

IHTH.

Yeah, and I realize that distinction but since it treated the two updates separately in the process, I was thinking it was referring to the modem/baseband firmware. Apparently, that wasn't the case since the modem firmware is still listed as 01.59.00 after the update. I was wrong.
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same problem here
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Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post

Yeah, I have the problem too. When holding the phone up to my head, I get:

-- Calls put on Hold
-- Call trying to switch to FaceTime
-- Calls ending suddenly
-- Phone dials another contact while I'm on the line with a person already

It's an intuitive gesture hold phone to face activates FaceTime.
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gotta love efficiency. one fix. 579.3MB download.



yeah, it is for me. was talking to a friend this morning, phone to the ear, and the call hung up. for once i suspect it wasn't an at&t dropped call. called them back and about ten seconds after putting the phone up to my ear my peripheral vision caught a flash of light from the phone. looked at the phone to see that it had launched google maps with some address from my contacts, and i haven't used that contact in over a year. guess my fat cheek and the proximity sensor don't mix.

According to one "genius", it could be wax in your ear! ;-)
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So is the timing of tomorrow's press release far enough away to say see I told ya so - its fixed. Or maybe so close that they can claim it is fixed but not enough people would have had enough time to test it out - essentially resetting the clock on the problem.



Steve will demonstrate tomorrow on stage that 4.01 fixes the "problem".
post #31 of 141
if you take photos, transfer them off of the phone to a computer, then erase the photos on the phone, it resets to IMG_0001. This problem began with iOS4 - it was never a problem on iOS3, which remembered the file #. This is really a silly problem that apple could have easily fixed in this update and didn't - basically you can't transfer photos into a single folder without them overwriting the older file.
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Does this fix the Safari on iPad page caching problem?

Haven't seen any word on that.
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I think you have to d/l the entire OS, no matter how small the adjustment.

You do, but that is the issue. Its excessive for what is essentially a miner fix. I understand that its considerably more foolproof to do it this way, but Id like to see x.1 updates be full downloads and x.x1 updates be spot updates, more like Mac OS X, which only update the items that are changed but updates the entire item.
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Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post

Yeah, I have the problem too. When holding the phone up to my head, I get:

-- Calls put on Hold
-- Call trying to switch to FaceTime
-- Calls ending suddenly
-- Phone dials another contact while I'm on the line with a person already

So don't press it against your face!
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Maybe just hold your face differently. All these years and we have all been holding our face wrong.

[sarcasm starts]
Guess what, all the people that care about their phone, keep it away from sweaty hands, greasy face, linty hair etc, and always use headset. For once, Apple includes that in the box! Now we know the real reason for the inclusion!
[sarcasm ends]
post #36 of 141
"Actually, you are wrong yourself. "

The update didn't mention correcting the "bridge/death grip" issue. Perhaps 9to5 should reword?
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Activation server is overloaded. Here we go again.
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I have got into the habit of making a call and pressing home when connected. Therefore the call is minimized to a green bar at the top and I can't hang up or put them on mute. Sad I have to do that, but it works. I haven't hung on anyone because of the sensor, but I think that's because I have a beard.
post #39 of 141
OK...I have 4.0.1 on now. From the exact same location in my home, my bars went from 5 to 3.


It is clear to me why this fix was sent by Apple. Apple is attempting to throw AT&T under the bus. Most (dumb) users will now think that their terrible reception is AT&T's fault and not Apple's poor antenna design.

I have other phones in my house, Samsung and Moto, and they still display 5 bars for AT&T.

Sad.
post #40 of 141
So anyone that's updated to 4.01 does it fix your proximity sensor issue? Also if anyone has iPhone 4...can a case fix the proximity issue, like it does for the antenna issue?
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