iPhone Antenna Design Not Flawed, Software is to Blame, Claims Apple

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Antenna design is not at fault; it's the software that represents the numbers of bars that is causing a stir. Apple claims that the new software is a more accurate representation of signal strength than used in earlier models.

According to Apple, iPhone 4 users aren't losing bars of reception when they hold the phone a certain way. They're just seeing a truer representation of the number of bars they had all along. Apple plans to push out software to fix the formula for signal strength representation used on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G.

Apple's discovery, however, may help it dispute lawsuits that have been filed - one in San Francisco against Apple, and another in Maryland against both Apple and AT&T - alleging that Apple was aware of the antenna issue and so has perpetrated "a massive fraud."

In light of its findings, Apple said, it's adopting a new AT&T formula for correlating bars with signal strength and "will issue a free software update within a few weeks that incorporates the corrected formula."

To read the original eWeek article, click here: Apple Says iPhone 4 Problem Is Software, Not Antenna Design

This article was originally published on 2010-07-06
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