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StuartDonaghy Level 1 (0 points)

 iMac 24" 2.66Ghz Intel Core Duo 2, Mac OS X (10.6.4),  iPhone 4 iOS 4.0
  • BryC Level 1 (30 points)
    where is this on the apple site?
  • _recklesslife_ Level 1 (5 points)
    *Here's the Press Release*

    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.

    To fix this, we are adopting AT&T's recently recommended formula for calculating how many bars to display for a given signal strength. The real signal strength remains the same, but the iPhone's bars will report it far more accurately, providing users a much better indication of the reception they will get in a given area. We are also making bars 1, 2 and 3 a bit taller so they will be easier to see.

    We will issue a free software update within a few weeks that incorporates the corrected formula. Since this mistake has been present since the original iPhone, this software update will also be available for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G.
  • BryC Level 1 (30 points)
  • Paul Bradley Level 1 (75 points)
    I'm glad my phone will display the correct number of bars. Now if only the 3G data speed issue that so many are experiencing would be addressed.
  • BryC Level 1 (30 points)
    What about those not using AT&T.. IE the REST OF THE WORLD.
  • StuartDonaghy Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm sure this update will cover all angles, so don't worry. At least people now can see what's going on & start to calm down.

    Message was edited by: StuartDonaghy
  • Joe Z in VA Level 2 (440 points)
    Could be a global patch if we're lucky to include even more bug fixes.

    If not, the carriers would have to supply their frequency patches.
  • stevessvt Level 1 (55 points)
    Sooooo, Im having a hard time finding the connection with how it calculates bars and the way people hold their phone and dropping bars.
  • ke11111y Level 1 (105 points)
    So does this mean that it's just the display that's wrong, so people who are experiencing dropped calls will still get dropped calls regardless. The death grip will just drop the signal from 2-3 bars to zero now? i'm confused!
  • Whatthe... Level 1 (15 points)
    Apple Press Release Translation: Yeah, it's just a calculation issue with displaying the bars... The dropped calls are just your imagination and/or AT&T's problem.
  • stevessvt Level 1 (55 points)
    This is a cosmetic fix, not a cure. Unless they dont want to own up to the problem, slip in a real fix, and go on there merry way.
  • Andy Thomas Level 1 (5 points)
    My guess is the algo they use to calulate the bars used may stop the dropped calls as well depending if the number of bars calculated is linked to the connection. e.g. the logic could be "if the number of bars = 0 then drop the call"
  • BryC Level 1 (30 points)
    This is whats called the Jedi Mind trick, to end all mind tricks.

    There iPhone issue.
  • ke11111y Level 1 (105 points)
    I do hope so, cos if not that's just pants!
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