Apple: iPhone 4 calculates bars wrong, fix on the way

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Apple's iPhone 4 launch last month has been touted as the single most successful launch in the company's history, with 1.7 million units shipped in just three days. But beyond the numbers the release itself has been marred by a series of issues with the device's wireless reception, which can significantly degrade depending on how users hold the phone. Despite numerous reports, and videos demonstrating the problem, Apple has maintained that there is no problem.

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"It is just a phone. Not worth it."

Funny. He didn't seem to think that way when he screamed from his ivory tower in the California wilderness that everyone must buy it.


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princeton said:
"It is just a phone. Not worth it."

Funny. He didn't seem to think that way when he screamed from his ivory tower in the California wilderness that everyone must buy it.


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Sounds like they are trying to get people to wait three weeks for the update to find that the update doesn't work but then the phone will be past the 30 days and can't be returned.


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I am so unbelievably glad that I didn't buy this phone. I am happy with my 3G. Apple is full of bullshit, this is embarrassing for them.


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I hope Apple gets nailed hard in a class action lawsuit. Perhaps that will make them treat their customers with a little more respect and stop blaming them for faulty products.


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Option A: Recall all ~1.7 Million iPhones and ship out replacements costing Apple untold millions of dollars.

Option B: Blame the software and keep promising that it will be fixed costing Apple nothing but it's reputation...which I suspect they aren't too worried about b/c of all the fan boys who think S.Jobs is a god among men.

Follow the money trail, which option sounds like a better business deal. It's all about mitigating damages and turning a profit.


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So much anger over the new release of a single phone. Sheesh, you'd think the world ended.

Read the review over at Anand if your really interested in the non-paparazzi information on this phone. It will be a great phone once the kinks are worked out - and suing/cursing everybody left and right over a handful of words taken out-of-context really just points to ones own obscurations.


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Apple's answer is pretty clever. Throw AT&T under the bus for your poor reception. I mean really Apple? You want to blame your only partner in the wireless business even after news sites and customers have demonstrated how reception get measurably better if you hold the phone with your other hand. So Apple, you say don't blame our hardware... that all sounds familiar. If I recall, it wasn't long ago that Apple was blaming my router if the iPad didn't work on the wireless.

And, who at Apple thought that the part of the phone which causes the most radiation was acceptable to put in skin contact any ways?

Maybe Apple needs another visit from AT&T engineer's to explain how wireless works.


Anandtech has shown that there is an antenna problem. Apple is just lying to their customers right now.


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Are you really that surprised by Apple's response though? I mean, it IS Apple we're talking about... They've been feeding us bullshit for years, and we keep eating it because it's "Shiny" bullshit. I'm just waiting for Steve Jobs to change his damned clothes. Same outfit, every single day for 10+ years.


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So instead of fixing the problem, the phone will now correctly display the fact you have no signal, instead of leading you to believe you have a signal. In either case you don't get a signal....

So they're not really fixing the problem, they are just making it more obvious that you have a problem.

or did I miss something...

A less popular solution solution that Apple's lawyers nixed was the option of removing the real problem, which were the user's fingers. Who needs a pinky anyway?


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captaincranky said:
Hey Steve........Can you hear me NOW...........???? Steve........??? Steve............??
Try to send him an e-mail ..... opss!!! wireless is down on my iPad !!!.....come iPad!!. .... where is the Rj45 socket here anyway


I'm happy with the 3g too, and equally glad i didn't buy the 4, but I can feel myself slowly being screwed by the gradual decline in performance and speed on my 3g, and the increase in apps crashing since the ios4 update.. they're trying to pressure me into upgrading >{


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This reasoning is like telling people that bought a new car, that.... oh we under calculated the vehicles actual speed. So when the speedometer reads 20mph, you're actually exceeding the 30mpg speed limit. So now, we've recalculated it so you think you're going faster than you really are! ....aren't we just sooooo.... special! (flips his hand like a fag)

Now that's Magical and Innovative Design Engineering at it's finest! haha.... :D

The new update also installs a NEW Self Stun Gun feature, so that if you touch it wrong, it shocks you. Think Different about Apple or Steve? His "Thought Police" can remotely... Dual Shock you. Where the SHOCK goes from your left hand, through your body and shocks whatever your holding in your other hand! :p


haha. "miscalculating" a phones reception bars is nothing like "miscalculating" a cars speedometer, at all. besides, its just a phone, every phone that comes out has its glitches and defects, regardless of who makes it. i'm sure there are way more people that don't lose signal, than people that do. everyone just pounced on the chance to make apple look like they mislead the consumer.


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I applaud Steve Jobs for providing iPhone users with a free looks as though the iRATE will be Apple's most comprehensive app yet.
"It is just a phone. Not worth it."
Does Foxconns' Human Resources team know Steve is appropriating their new motto ?

This reasoning is like telling people that bought a new car, that....
...the badge on it makes it's retail cost twice as expensive as it's similarly equipped competition
...the fuel tank will only accept gasoline from one particular oil company
...other road users will greet them by curling the fingers of their hand so that the tip of their index finger touches the tip of their thumb, whereapon they slowly move their hand and forearm in an up and down motion
...the GPS screen looks wonderful...but blanks out when you put your hands on the steering wheel has no locks, since it isn't vulnerable to security risks.


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iBullshit as usual .. " problem is some iPhones were displaying more bars than they should have" . .what? I thought it was quite the opposite *Lol* so if i hold the phone the "wrong way" after an update what will happen? I get negative reception?
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