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  • False Hopes Pinned to Rumored iPhone 4 Software Update?



    MMi has been privy to no shortage of "tips" this weekend that a rumored iOS 4 update may be released as early as Monday morning to address the rampant iPhone 4 antenna issues. Given the influx of complaints that have pelted both Apple and the blogosphere about this peculiar and persistent reception bug, it makes sense for Apple to address the matter. Of course, Apple already did. It's just that few seem to find the response to be adequate.

    On Thursday evening, Apple spoke to the nagging antenna glitch by taking a general swipe at all cell phones. "This is a fact of life for every wireless phone," the company said. "Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas."

    But somewhere between then and now, a rumor surfaced that Apple will release an update early Monday to help repair the problem. The only concern - and this isn't news to anyone - is that the "Death Grip" solution isn't likely going to be software-based. And for this reason, it may be safe to conclude that Apple isn't going to release an update tailored to address the reception debacle.

    Since pre-orders began, Apple has sold an estimated 1.5 million iPhone 4s. That figure could reach two million by the end of this month. And as reception complaints turn up more frequently as the days pass, Apple is going to have a remarkably difficult time pacifying customers with a simple statement that "all mobile phones" have similar reception issues when held improperly.

    Of course, since last Thursday we've heard reports of everything from massive recalls and bad batches to software fixes and free bumpers for all. At this point, however, it isn't clear to anyone what Apple's next step will be. But Apple will soon have to make a next step. Because the escalating frustration with the iPhone 4's antenna glitch has become far too widespread to sweep beneath Cupertino's carpet much longer.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: False Hopes Pinned to Rumored iPhone 4 Software Update? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 89 Comments
    1. ddfilms's Avatar
      ddfilms -
      Quote Originally Posted by VBLUE42 View Post
      So is it just me r does anyone else not see this as an issue at all? I don't have this problem. Then again, I don't grip my phone like I do my girlfriend's tits when see's butt naked. I mean seriously, don't hold the damn phone like that and you wont have the issue.
      I have not been able to replicate this either. However I have had the issue happen with my 3GS.
    1. graneum's Avatar
      graneum -
      It's not just about the way you hold the phone...
      I've heard some bug in iOS 4 and new Baseband OS help to make situation worse...
      The problem is that there is a bud in switching frequencies... (Maybe!)
      So, a bugfix can make it better and normal with losing 1-2 bars as is normal with any wireless device!!!
    1. szfebje's Avatar
      szfebje -
      Quote Originally Posted by l0k0 View Post
      Come on people, Software updates can fix anything. Havent u seen the battery life increase from 3.0 to 4.0, LMAO. Remember Apple has always claimed battery life is increased. Now they are claiming software update can fix a reception issue, LMAO. I'm calling BS!!!!! again

      PS: Apple, IF your software update can fix this reception issue. Can u please send this update to our government and see if you can fix it too.

      *sighs... a small company called NASA fixes hardware problems with software all the time, as they don't always have physical access to satellites, and even if parts of the equipment are destroyed, software updates can restore some of the lost functionality.

      People who have no idea of how software and hardware interact, shouldn't comment on it.
    1. iHarryDo's Avatar
      iHarryDo -
      LMAO First comment made my day
    1. Excel Wiz's Avatar
      Excel Wiz -
      A software update would be greatly appreciated.
    1. ggab's Avatar
      ggab -
      Can you imagine if this was Microsoft? People would be crucifying them! But since it's Apple...no big deal!
    1. realjaja's Avatar
      realjaja -
      or toyota... then it would be a recall... LOL
    1. ggab's Avatar
      ggab -
      Quote Originally Posted by realjaja View Post
      or toyota... then it would be a recall... LOL
      It kind of is like Toyota though...my wife starts talking on the iPhone and then she starts talking faster...and more...and I can't make her shut up!
    1. l0k0's Avatar
      l0k0 -
      Small company like Apple introduces a product called the Iphone 4 rubber bumper on the same day they introduce the Iphone 4 (which has reception issues due to the antenna on the outter case).

      Was this coincidence or conspiracy?
    1. CMOSlabs's Avatar
      CMOSlabs -
      The transcivers are all programable. So lets hope there is a software fix.
      I remember hearing about the new way of playing with multi cell towers for a better connection, so maybe tweeking that code will help. Here are the new chips.
      Skyworks SKY77541 GSM/GRPS Front End Module

      Skyworks SKY77542 Tx–Rx iPAC™ FEM for Dual-Band GSM/GPRS

      These will be the ones they tweek.



      There is the Carrier settings which went from 5.6 to 7.0
      and the Modem Firmware 5.13.04. Wonder which one they will modify, or maybe both of them.

      Or as I posted earlier, there is the CMOS Fix
      The o'l antenna decal

      or my home made version for my 3gs, which gave me a 2 bar improvment.
    1. Megahalo's Avatar
      Megahalo -
      Coincidence. Apple realized there was good money to be made off accessories they make. It's why they made the iPad case and it's why they made the iPhone case. Apple is not the kind of company that would introduce such a critical flaw in their phone design to force people to buy their accessories.
    1. rott's Avatar
      rott -
      The reception problem has to be software my 3GS is doing the same thing now!
    1. allanes5's Avatar
      allanes5 -
      Ditto

      I mean ditto to hardware problem!
    1. l0k0's Avatar
      l0k0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Megahalo View Post
      Coincidence. Apple realized there was good money to be made off accessories they make. It's why they made the iPad case and it's why they made the iPhone case. Apple is not the kind of company that would introduce such a critical flaw in their phone design to force people to buy their accessories.
      I beg to differ. Look at what ATT just did with thier data plans. Who would have thought they would do such a thing to their users.

      Money makes u greedy, no matter how big the company is.

      PS: Notice on 4.0 you cant add pictures to ur text messages, because u dont have the option. Now u mean as BIG of an update that 4.0 was. Apple was dumb enough to leave that important part out. WOW, just amazing.
    1. szfebje's Avatar
      szfebje -
      Quote Originally Posted by l0k0 View Post
      Small company like Apple introduces a product called the Iphone 4 rubber bumper on the same day they introduce the Iphone 4 (which has reception issues due to the antenna on the outter case).

      Was this coincidence or conspiracy?
      because every other case on the market would have left the sides of the phone fully exposed right? OMG I think you're onto something here, please tell us the 'REAL' story about how Mr. Jobs got his new liver from craigslist.


      /s (i'm growing weary reading some posts, I think i'm better off dividing by 0)
    1. ishtob's Avatar
      ishtob -
      Best software solution if it was a hardware issue:



      now you have about 2 minutes before you run out of signal even if your holding your phone wrong!
    1. szfebje's Avatar
      szfebje -
      Quote Originally Posted by l0k0 View Post
      I beg to differ. Look at what ATT just did with thier data plans. Who would have thought they would do such a thing to their users.

      OMFG, really? this takes the cake lmao.

      listen, every carrier will be doing what AT&T is doing, we're probably the only country that even still has an option for unlimited data, ask some of our members across the pond if they have unlimited data, this has nothing to do with greed at all, some people actually like the idea of saving a few bucks a month as statistically 96% of AT&Ts users never use more than 2GB a month.

      AT&T is actually the company in the bunch that had true unlimited data and didn't cap at 5GB like other carriers.

      next conspiracy please...
    1. sparawan's Avatar
      sparawan -
      The only thing an update will do is update ur baseband. Bye bye unlock. But apple my reception still sucks. "we tried" is all they're gonna say
    1. UKROB86's Avatar
      UKROB86 -
      good collection of youtube videos and experiences on gizmodo:

      iPhone 4 Loses Reception When You Hold It By The Antenna Band?
    1. monchy36's Avatar
      monchy36 -
      So apparently an Apple employee calling himself Alpha, decided to share with the world some of the things that Apple is doing with the new iPhone 4. We’re not talking about new features for the user, but new roadblocks for jailbreakers and unlockers.

      Here’s the quote itself:

      As far as Base Bands go it does not matter what baseband you TRY to get on the iPhone cause in the iOS4 there is a line of code we wrote that stands for OAU also known as “Over Air Updates”. How it works is every 7 to 14 days We (Apple) and AT&T send a message to your iPhone that gathers some data from your iPhone without you knowing and we see what is running, baseband and firmware. We then send a following message. “There are optional updates for your iPhone, Would you like to install them now?” two options “Yes” or “Later”. Those are what would would call “OPTIONAL UPDATES” Now there are things called “MANDATORY UPDATES”. They tend to work the same way, grab data from the iPhones sends it to AT&T and us then back to your iPhone with the message, “Your iPhone (name of iphone) must be updated to the current AT&T standards to run”, your only option is to “Accept” Now you can try to work your way around it until you get the second mandatory message again “You must plug iPhone into iTunes and update” If you don’t do this you will then receive no Signal from the network anymore and your iPhone will potentially lock up with no signs of use until you update your iPhone via iTunes. You all agreed to this terms and condition when you installed iTunes 9.2 and then again once you updated to iOS4.

      With that being said go ahead try to unlock the iPhone it will only last 14 days max then you will have to break that update for that one week then again and again we currently have 6 months worth of updates for this iOS4. Apple and AT&T now have complete control over their iPhones and what their customers are putting on them without them knowing anything about it. Many of the people I work with don’t agree with this but even in our computers when people call in to Apple Care Support we can see if your iPhone is running a jailbreak and what baseband is currently on the iPhone. We have been instructed to not support any one with these things and possible void your warranty of the iPhone for Breaking a contract Rule.

      So basically, he is saying that iOS 4 automatically pings Apple every 7 to 14 days with the baseband and firmware information and if it isn’t up to par it will essentially lock up the phone forcing you to update with iTunes (and lose your jailbreak). Now, I know for a fact that we have a perfectly good jailbreaking solution for the iPhone 3G running iOS 4 and it doesn’t relock so I’m wondering if this anti-jailbreaking solution is already circumvented, or if it just only applies to new iPhone 4′s?

      Anyone know anything else about this? Does the Dev Team know about this?

      Source via SFGate