Skip to comments.Apple affirms: no software fix for iPhone 4 antenna issue
Posted on 07/16/2010 3:02:54 PM PDT by dangerdoc
In case it wasn't obvious enough from Apple's agitated response to our question during today's iPhone 4 Q&A session in Cupertino, there's no software fix in the pipeline for the antenna issues that are plaguing users today. A prior report in the New York Times seemed fairly confident that the troubles could (and would) be solved in the near term by a simple software update, but the company's own Scott Forstall called said report "patently false." So, there you have it -- the only thing that'll be fixed via software is how big your smallest bar of signal is. Beyond that, you'll need to grab some Duct tape, a free case or a white glove if you're looking to avoid attenuation entirely.
OMG its the end of the world!! Apple has victimized the universe!!
So they lied about the software patch which made AT&Ts network look worse?
I’m sure many of the Apple fanatics here will call Scott Forstall a liar and spreader of FUD...;)
No, I think that was a legitimate issue that was fixed through software. This is saying that the problem with the antenna cannot be fixed via a software update.
I don’t remember Apple ever saying it would be fixed through software, though.
Maybe I am just hearing things, hmmmmmmmmmm. Just have to watch for this info again on FOX.
Lord, AT&T doesn't need any help to look bad. They are very capable in that regard. If the problem is with antenna placement then no amount of software fixes is going to work. You can't fix hardware with software, if they claim they can it's BS. I'm glad Apple isn't trying to BS their way out of the problem.
“No, I think that was a legitimate issue that was fixed through software.”
First Jobs said “you’re holding it wrong” then they said reception was fine it was just the bars were wrong. They pushed the software update to change the formula behind the bars. Didn’t effect the antenna problem but that was why it was released.
Interesting twist on the problem now. All of a sudden the software update wasn’t to fix the antenna problem and “you can’t fix hardware with software”.
Yep. First it was:
- There is no Antenna problem
Then it became:
- You’re holding it wrong
Which led to:
- It’s just a bar calculation error
Then it morphed to:
- A simple software fix
Which finally came out as:
- There is no problem, but here’s the way to solve the problem
But of course, for pointing out the final conclusion early in that month-long evolution, you and I are haters and evil and liars and stuff...;)
Nice to be proven right by Apple themselves. I won’t wait for any of the Macolytes to apologize, though - it’ll never happen because Steve said it would never happen.
When I upgrade from my iPhone 3G to a 4th gen, I’ll buy a case for it, just like I did for my 3G
“When I upgrade from my iPhone 3G to a 4th gen, Ill buy a case for it, just like I did for my 3G”
You’ll get no respect if you do that.
Boy they are gonna need a massive amount of crow.
Note that Apple admits the iPhone 4 drops more calls than previous versions, but the way Steve’s statement was worded was VERY careful, plenty of wiggle room:
It drops 1 out 100 more calls
The question, therefore, is now many calls did the iPhone 3GS drop? They’ve admitted it’s worse, but how much worse is the big question:
Did the 3GS drop 1 out of 100? If so, then the iPhone 4 is twice as bad.
Did the 3GS drop 1 out of 300? If so, then the iPhone 4 is 3 times as bad.
Did the 3GS drop 1 out of 1000? If so, then the iPhone 4 is 10 times as bad.
Note that Steve stated an absolute number (1 out of 100) rather than a percent increase in the number of drops (note it’s an increase, too - it’s worse). Usually that’s done when the absolute number is a lot better than the percent increase.
So, the question becomes - we know the iPhone 4 is worse in terms of calls dropped, as compared to the 3GS model. How much worse? That’s what is being hidden...
State of the art testing facility with 17 anechoic chambers costing $100 millions dollars manned by 18 PhD scierntists.
Pretty cool, huh?
A video of today’s Apple press conference. The trolls are never going to live this down:
And yet the problem still made it through QA because Jobs didn’t listen to a senior engineer.
Bloomberg has not provided proof. You need proof.
Watch the press conference.
I laughed as hard today as I did when I saw the first Zune!!! :-D
Was this the one where he couldn’t get a WiFi connection? Or was that a different problem?
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