iPhone iOS 4.0.1 Update: Could firmware fix reception problems?

Now that the new Apple iPhone iOS 4.0.1 has been released last week, it has been reported that users are experiencing problems with reception. The Death Grip as it is known, has been affecting the iPhone 4, and Apple are keen to rectify this matter as soon as possible, as Apple may then have to issue iPhone 4 owners a free bumper as a goodwill gesture.

According to Peter Chubb at PR News, the iPhone 4 can lose it’s entire signal which could be blamed on the Death Grip. It has been reported that this could be the way in which the iPhone 4 is held. If the black strips on the antenna band on the outside of the phone are covered, then the signal may be lost.

Rumour has it, that the iOS 4.0.1 firmware update, could be released some time next week, and along with this, the problem could then be resolved. Good news for users, as the look of the new iPhone 4 could be affected if a bumper has to be fitted. One of the selling points of the new phone is surely the design as well as the superb features.

What do you think of the so-called Death Grip affecting the reception. Do you think this problem should have been addressed by Apple before a release date?

To read more about this check out PR News

  • Apocalypse

    How exactly would a firmware update fix a hardware problem?

  • VasiliosA

    new driver probably :)

  • wilkinson001

    Steve Jobs announced it wasn’t a hardware problem, but a software one, which could be released as early as monday

  • Crazy Man

    I hope that they fix it soon. I dont really know how they will fix it but maybe some sort of signal booster??? If it dont get fixed by this week I will surely be returning mine. Sorry apple!!!

  • AchtungJuke

    It can't be a hardware issue. Touch. Tv aerial or a radio aerial and signal get better.
    They've probably got the frequency adjustments on the firmware set to static so it doesn't like adjusting.

  • Michael D

    Your experience with straight, 30" TV antennas doesn't apply for a 2" antenna using fractal geometry and operating on microwave frequencies.

    Specifically, the attenuation happens when the persons skin bridges the gap between the two antennae, de-tuning the reception.

    Where software can help is in speeding up the polling period to see if the connection strength has dropped (at which point the iPhone boosts the signal). This currently takes 10 seconds or more; meaning if there's a death grip – you may get up to 10 seconds of signal loss before you even have a chance of an improvement. Apple admits that the iPhone's signal strength algorithm was incorrect and read too high – which implies that in mid-level strength scenarios (reading of 3-4 bars) the power output was not boosted correctly.

    And of course, if signal attenuation means there's no signal at all – then you're dead in the water anyway.

    Best thing to do is still to buy a case or better still, to avoid holding the phone while using it. Cell phones are mini microwave transmitters after all, so set it down next to you and use an ear piece. Your body will absorb much less microwave radiation if you move the phone even 4" from your body.

  • http://appsnail.com/iphone/ Antony Ramirez

    Hey! this Google TV thing is very very interesting how does anybody gets an account to try this does somebody here know? ty! appreciate an answer.