iPhone 4 Reception Issues Solved? Taller Signal Strength Bars Do the Job

If you haven’t heard yet, the download to update and “fix” the iPhone 4 reception issue is out. According to the information about the update provided by iTunes,  the update will  improve “…the formula to determine how many bars of signal strength to display.”  If you have been experiencing reception issues with the iPhone 4, then this update should help you get a better picture of your iPhone’s true reception. To download and install the latest update to iOS4, just plug in your iOS4 device to your computer, 1. click on the device and then 2. click on Check for Update in iTunes (see below).

ios4.01-update

The update is about 500MB and download speeds really depend on your connection. I was able to download the update in about 20 minutes at 4:15PM EST.

Once the iPhone has been updated, the first thing you’ll notice is that the bars on iOS4, specifically the bars to the left are a slight taller (see comparison below)…as for the reception issues, what are you experiencing?

ios-4.1

In my case I don’t see a change in performance…I think I need to test it out some more before finalizing any conclusions about the effectiveness of the update.

Text from Update for iOS 4.0.1

iOS 4.0.1 Software Update for iPhone

This update contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following:

  • Improves the formula to determine how many bars of signal strength to display

Products compatible with this software update:

  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4

For feature descriptions and complete instructions, see the user guides for iPhone at:
http://support.apple.com/manuals/iphone

For more information about iPhone, go to:
http://www.apple.com/iphone

To troubleshoot your iPhone, or to view additional support information go to:
http://www.apple.com/support/iphone

This update contains security content originally included in previous iOS Updates. For more information, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

Information Via ReadMe for iOS4.0.1 Update

  • Richard,

    It doesn’t correct anything it’s just that the release was expected to fix/improve the problem, but all it does is correct the calculation used for the signal strength.

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  • Even after updates I am still having reception issues. I agree with Richard Hay comment that this is hardware design issue and just mere software update can’t solve this problem. I am really annoyed with reception issue I am facing with iPhone 4:(

    • Robin,

      After watching the video this past Friday where Jobs talks about the issue I am convinced that it is a design flaw, I think that Apple went with design vs. function when they created this, but at the end of the day, specifically in my case I’m not experiencing dropped calls…my bars do go down, but I don’t loose connectivity when online. He announced that they will be giving free bumpers later this week so keep an eye out for that.