Reception problem with iPhone 4? Not really, says Apple. It's a mistake with the signal bars

Amidst class-action lawsuits over a faulty antenna, Apple said today that iPhone 4 users aren't really seeing a dramatic drop in signal strength when their hand covers the lower left corner of their phone. Instead, Apple now says that they made a mistake in their formula to calculate signal strength and the bars are overstating the strength — thereby leading to what appears to be a sharp drop. And they promised a software update soon to fix the problem. According to Apple, "the big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place."

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.