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Software capable of fixing iPhone 4 reception, recall unnecessary?

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Friday, July 16, 2010
News Categories: iPhone

Apple may be able to fix the iPhone 4’s left-hand reception issues with a software update, according to a new report. Citing a person with direct knowledge of Apple’s plans, the New York Times reports that the unique antenna design of the iPhone 4 has exposed a weakness in the communications software of iOS, specifically in the interaction between specialized communications software and the antenna. According to the source, the software problem has been present in the iOS for a long time, but was only discovered after the iPhone 4 shipped. The report also claims that the problem could presumably be fixed with a software update, one separate from iOS 4.0.1 that was released yesterday.

Notably, both this report and a separate Wall Street Journal piece claim that Apple will not be launching a recall of iPhone 4 units. Regarding yesterday’s report of Apple engineer Ruben Caballero voicing concerns about the phone’s antenna design early in its development, an Apple spokesperson told the WSJ, “We challenge Bloomberg BusinessWeek to produce anything beyond rumors to back this up. It’s simply not true.” The latter article also claims that Apple gives its carrier partners much less time to test a new iPhone before release. Both articles follow Apple’s announcement of a press conference to be held at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time today, and an open letter from U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) directing Apple to fix the problem.

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1

Jobs: “Ok team, 30 second brainstorm.  The problem - they didn’t buy the bar algorithm calculation error, what’s the next story”

Apple staff story writer: “I have one!”, “We are so thankful that our valued customers have brought this to our attention.  To our complete surprise this has helped us find a flaw in our communications software!  Now we can fix this problem.  A problem we now know has been present all the way back to the very first iPhone!”

Jobs:  “I like it.  Let’s run with it.  Tonto, get with legal, have them work with engineering to draft some documents explaining this magical phenomenon.”

“go team go!”

Posted by SantiagoDraco on July 16, 2010 at 8:15 AM (PDT)

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Does this mean that Apple deserves some or most of the blame for the AT&T bashing that the dropped calls have been causing?

Posted by Fusion on July 16, 2010 at 8:31 AM (PDT)

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