Apple admits iPhone 4 reception problem, promises fix

Upon investigation, we were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong. Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength. For example, we sometimes display 4 bars when we should be displaying as few as 2 bars. Users observing a drop of several bars when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don’t know it because we are erroneously displaying 4 or 5 bars. Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place.

Hmm, this sounds a bit like companies blaming “bookkeeping errors” when they get caught fudging the numbers. One wonders how such a glaring error got past all of the testing.

But it does sounds like a fix is coming, and soon. That’s the important thing.

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