Steve Jobs admitted today that the iphone since years did cheat in terms of showing bars of connection. He said it is an error in the algorithm which does show too many bars.
The reason for this mistake could have been a marketing trick to attract more users. As example, I did buy the iphone not only because I thought it is cool and good, but as well when I compared the reception of the phone with others in same spot the iphone showed more bars. For voice it does not really matter if you have 2 or 4 bars, both let you make calls. We all got fooled by Apple with this trick.
Apple said that's the reason behind widespread complaints from users that the latest model, iPhone 4, can show a sudden plunge in signal strength when they hold it in a way that covers a small black strip on one edge of the phone. Users online have jokingly called this the "death grip" for the phone.
That drop seems exaggerated because the phone can wrongly display four or five bars of signal strength when it shouldn't, Apple said.
"Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place," the company said in a letter to users.
Apple launched the iPhone 4 on June 24 in the U.S. and four other countries.
Some outside engineers and users have blamed the iPhone 4's apparent reception problems on the novel design that incorporates its antenna into the case. But the company said that any phone will show reduced reception if held in a way that covers the antenna, usually mounted at the rear and bottom of a phone. It maintains that iPhone 4's wireless performance is better than previous models. And it said the incorrect signal-strength formula existed in the original iPhone, launched in 2007.
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