Apple has released an update for the iPhone 4 which was expected to help tackle the device’s controversial signal problems.
Tomorrow Apple holds a press conference in which it attempts to bring the rumors, innuendo, and libelously false information about iPhone 4 reception under control. Except Apple to come out swinging tomorrow; while the company shouldn’t really need to point out anything beyond the fact that no one is attempting to return their iPhone 4 despite headline after headline trying to scare users into believing that there’s a problem with it, Apple will likely go further in demonstrating that there is no issue, and making it clear that tests along the lines of “let’s keep holding it in different atypical ways until we can figure out how to slightly weaken the signal bars” does not equate to a “defect” of any kind. Don’t be surprised if tomorrow’s press conference includes the announcement of libel lawsuits against Consumer Reports and other publications who’ve been particularly (some would say intentionally) irresponsible when it comes to the matter.
Apple claimed it was a software fault and that the significant loss of signal was more down to the phone incorrectly displaying full reception even when it’s actually a weak signal.
The iOS 4.0.1 update is a free download via iTunes for users of iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, and recent iPod touch models. Beatweek continues to recommend not installing any version of iOS 4.x.x on an iPhone 3G for slowness reasons (unless you’ve already installed 4.0.0 on it, in which case you might as well try the update), but you’re entirely in the clear for 4.0.1 if you have an iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS.