Tuesday, July 20, 2010
iOS 4.0.1—The Update
Anyway, I wanted to talk about iOS 4.0.1—the software update for, well, the software update. Supposedly this addresses the issue of signal bars displaying more signal than they are actually receiving.
Again, I didn't really notice the "Death Grip" problem on my phone in the first place. In their press conference, Apple did admit that when held a certain way, iPhone 4 can drop bars. In their defense, Apple added that many other smart-phones suffer signal loss when held a particular way. Personally, I don't have any experience with any other recently manufactured smart-phones, so I can't vouch for that.
After downloading the software update, I did notice that my phone showed less bars. I went from having full signal almost always to having anywhere from two to four or five bars in my apartment. That being said, I haven't noticed a change in overall call quality. I still have a few calls dropped, but that's nothing new. I don't have more dropped calls than usual, and when I do it's usually on the other end. Trust me, I can legitimately say this because usually when I'm talking on the phone, it's to my parents back in my hometown, and the signal there is less than awesome.
In their press conference, Apple did offer to give free bumpers to anyone who's purchased the iPhone 4 and suffered reception issues. I'll probably snag one because let's face it—iPhone 4 isn't cheap. If they want to toss in a free $30 bumper, I'm happy to take one. I'm just sayin'.
So yes, Apple has acknowledged antenna issues. iOS 4.0.1 is a response to that issue, as is the free bumper. They're also offering refunds if any of you iPhone 4 users out there are just that dissatisfied.
Me, I love my iPhone 4. Definitely keeping it. But again, definitely taking anything free they'd like to give me.
And I promise, I'm not trying to stealthily convert this blog into an "all iPhone, all the time" blog. Cross my heart. Thanks for bearing with me. And if you like, you can click the picture on the top right to learn more about iOS 4.0.1.