Ever since the release of the iPhone 4 last week, many have complained about losing reception in their iPhones either when gripped or held a certain way. Apple has responded a few times in unsatisfactory ways, but this doesn’t mean that they have dropped the issue entirely.
Earlier this morning, Apple issued a letter stating that the issue isn’t with the phone, but rather the way that the signal is communicated on the phone. Essentially: There is no problem; the problem is that people think there’s a problem. To correct this, Apple is issuing an update in the near future that will change the way the phone calculates signal strength.
“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.”
I guess we will just have to wait for the update to come “in a few weeks” to pass judgement as to its effectiveness. We will surely give you a run down on the update when it releases.