Ap­ple: ‘To­tally wrong’ for­mula to blame for iPhone sig­nal flubs

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Ap­ple Inc. said it was “stunned” to find that its iPhones have for years been us­ing a “to­tally wrong” for­mula to de­ter­mine how many bars of sig­nal strength they are get­ting.

Ap­ple said that’s the rea­son be­hind wide­spread com­plaints from users that the lat­est model, iPhone 4, can show a plunge in sig­nal strength when held in a way that cov­ers a small black strip on one edge. That drop seems ex­ag­ger­ated be­cause the phone can wrongly dis­play four or five bars of sig­nal strength when it shouldn’t, Ap­ple said, adding that said the flaw, which it promised to fix shortly, also ex­ists with older ver­sions of the iPhone.

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