Apple Admits That iPhone Bar Formula is Flawed

Sun, Jul 4, 2010

iPhone, Mobile

Ever wondered why that text message wouldn’t send when your iPhone said you had two bars? Well, it looks like you probably didn’t have any bars, thanks to a reception formula mix-up by Apple.

“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,” the company wrote in a letter, as reported by Digital Media Wire. “Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength.”

That’s a pretty big difference in signal strength, and it’s surprising that it took Apple this long to realize their error. It has been wrong since the iPhone first launched.

“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,” Apple continued.

Apple said that the updated formula should be pushed through a software update in the coming weeks.

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