iPhone 4 Update Sorta Kinda Addresses Signal Issue, a Little, But Not Quite

Having acknowledged the now-infamous iPhone 4 ‘death grip’, Apple has rushed an update out the door that… well, it doesn’t really solve the problem at all.

What the update does do is fix an apparent second problem that was displaying signal bars incorrectly. Apparently, your iPhone 4 has been lying to you, optimistically displaying four or five bars sometimes when it should be displaying one or two. Apple tells us it had something to do with the algorithm governing the definition of each level of strength.

Great. So, in a nutshell, this means that my hypothetical iPhone 4 can now more accurately inform me of its crappy signal, which is, apparently, happening more often than the device was previously displaying. At least Apple’s championing honesty.

As for the death grip, the official fix is still to just buy a bumper (which reportedly doesn’t work as well as Apple would hope) or, as Big Steve says, ‘hold it differently’. I’m gonna start holding phones upside down. Start a trend. It’ll be like playing on Expert Mode, and I just kind of have to guess what the other guy’s saying. ‘Sorry, Dave, I couldn’t make the funeral, I didn’t get your directions clearly. My phone was upside down.’ But my signal will be totally 4G, so whatever. Problem solved.

Written by Ty Dunitz

Ty is an illustrator who stays up too late, and has to wear glasses. You can follow him on Twitter if you want to (@glitchritual), but he's just gonna throw your stupid PR crap in the garbage, so don't email him.

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  • James Rainier

    Except there’s been no update, nice try get off the Apple-bashing wagon to increase page views.

  • Mikec

    Yeah… shocking… Apple completely ignored the actual complaints and tried to change the subject…

    Apple: “We fixed something!”
    Public: “Did you fix the problem that your customers are having?”
    Apple: “No, but we fixed something! Look! No bars now instead of 5! IT’S REVOLUTIONARY!!! “

  • Haha… I suppose it’s better than nothing. How they did not find out about this before it was launched is completely beyond me…

  • lmao!! i laughed so hard !! – “‘Sorry, Dave, I couldn’t make the funeral, I didn’t get your directions clearly. My phone was upside down.’” …