Apple: iPhone Reception Woes a Software Issue

Displays show too many reception bars, thanks to faulty formula
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2010 11:04 AM CDT
In this June 24, 2010 file photo, Piotr Kubiak of Oakland, Ill., shows off his new Apple iPhone 4, outside of an Apple store, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, file)

(Newser) – Don’t trust your iPhone 4 when it tells you you’re getting great reception. Apple says it has found the root of all those reports that the phone’s having reception problems: its formula for calculating how many bars you’re getting is off. The company plans to fix the issue in a free software update soon. Problem solved!

But wait, you say, that won’t actually stop all the dropped calls and data degradation I’m experiencing. And you’re right, it won’t. “What’s troubling is that this is the second time Apple has blamed signal strength/reception issues on software,” Engadget complains. "It's also worth noting that Apple in no way admits to an antenna design flaw.”

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