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Initial Reports: Software Update Doesn't Fix iPhone 4 Antenna Problem, As Expected

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Initial reports on Apple's iOS 4.1 update confirm what we already knew and what AppleCare is telling to customers: The iPhone software update doesn't fix the iPhone 4's antenna problems. The good news is that it fixes the bar display.

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According to iPhone 4 users in MacRumors forums, the iOS 4.1 update doesn't solve their reception and transmission problems.

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They claim that touching the antenna on its death spot makes the signal drop as before. That means that, if you were experiencing voice degradation, dropping calls, and slow or no internet access, you will still experiencing those problems.

But as promised by Apple, the update will give a better reading of the actual signal. That's good. It means that people will not longer be seeing bar signal drops from 5 to 1 bars, like this article explains. It is a necessary, albeit purely cosmetic, fix.

If you have updated already, what was your experience? Tell us in the comments.

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July 14th, 2010 | Day 21

I've grown weak from not being able to hold my iPhone comfortably. My arm cries out with despair, longing for its brother the hand to regain the freedom it once had.

Sometimes I find myself shaking. The voices in my head have grown louder—almost mocking me, it seems. They tell me that in a distant land which I can only decipher as "Vureyeson", there exists a new tribe of phones. I refuse to believe.

I woke up this morning, in a daze. To my left was a note, and an oversized rubber band. Scrawled in handwriting that could only be from that of a small child was written "bumper 4 ur phone".

I burned the note, and that horrifying sheath that accompanied it.

Love,

Spatula

Survivor of the Antenna Crisis