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iOS 4.0.1 Update Now Available

Somewhat earlier than expected, Apple has rolled out the much talked about new firmware for its iPhone 4, which according to the company will fix the handset's ongoing aerial problems.

In actual fact, the update merely recalibrates the way the phone displays its signal bars, and makes the bars a bit taller so they're easier to see. Whereas previous versions showed a full five bars, despite only a mediocre signal, the new version now more accurately portrays the accepted maximum (that you'd get if you stood next to a tower) and the minimum signal level before a call is dropped, and has a more linear drop off in bars as it loses signal.

So not a fix of the actual problem, whereby holding the phone in a certain way causes it to drop signal strength. However, Apple's theory is that now you can see a truer representation of your signal strength in the first instance, you will realise that the reason you're dropping calls is largely that you're just in a rubbish signal area in the first place. Whereas the drop in signal strength from holding it in the so callsed death grip is only a small part of the problem. As you can see from the picture above, the signal on our phone did seem to drop by one bar but then our phone did seem to be accurately reporting a fairly poor reception i nthe first place.

The new update is available immediately through iTunes and is compatible with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4. As per usual, you'll have to wait a while as you need to download the full 180MB firmware, despite only being a tiny update.

Of course, we await tomorrows announcement for any further developments with regards the company actually physically fixing the issue, recalling the phone, providing free bumpers, or offering refunds. None of which we actually expect to happen.

Ryan131

July 16, 2010, 1:52 am

So, instead of reporting between 0% and 100%, it now reports between 20% and 80% (for instance), which is a more realistic min/max?





Does this mean it's easier to gauge how much signal the Death Grip actually reaps?

Den

July 16, 2010, 2:43 am

I think I'll wait for 4.1 before updating. It doesn't seem worth the download for such a small change.

BMaz

July 16, 2010, 2:47 am

@ Ryan


1) No (Google iPhone 4 calculates bars wrong)


2) Yes

lifethroughalens

July 16, 2010, 3:22 am

A 180 Mb download for a 1kb update - nice one Apple.

samkiller42

July 16, 2010, 3:59 am

The iPad has also received an update. Version 3.2.1 Weighs in at 456.9MB (For me anyhow)


And i can't see what's been updated personally.





Sam

Oli

July 16, 2010, 5:34 am

The update for my iPhone 4 is appearing as over half a gig (579.3 MB)!!

Den

July 16, 2010, 2:41 pm

@samkiller42 - I'll be downloading the iPad update today. Apparently it fixes issues with the wi-fi keep dropping. I didn't notice it when I got it, but recently I keep having to turn off wi-fi and re-enable it again to get a decent connection.

DrDark

July 16, 2010, 3:22 pm

Coo, yes, I can see the taller bars in that pic. How cute.


Ooh, nice bubbles on that retina display, that's so magica-...


*slap myself out of it*

Keithe6e

July 16, 2010, 3:47 pm

@lifethroughalens: A 180 Mb download for a 1kb update - nice one Apple.





Not sure what architecture Apple uses for it's OS, but as a developer I know doing a small change can sometimes have a massive effect on the binary it creates. Eg, jump instructions will be different etc. Even if using some sort of DLL system, if an interface needs changing it can have cascading effect on what else needs changing.





But even so, what does it matter. Are you not on broadband yet?, I could understand if you was still using a 56K modem.

Tim 18

July 16, 2010, 4:44 pm

Can they also fix the phone re-boots that us poor 3GS users are experiencing having upgraded (Foolishly !!) to IOS4. Ive gone from a working, wonderfully reliable IPhone to one that re-boots continuously during phone calls. Might as well consign it to my desk draw for what its worth now !!.

jon67

July 16, 2010, 4:53 pm

Installed the update on my Iphone 3g last night. I have had nothing but trouble with no service messages and low signal strengh indication in areas that were previously a good strong signal. Will be looking to restore the phone to the previouis 4.0 version if it continues much longer.

DrDark

July 16, 2010, 5:08 pm

@Tim: Interesting, I thought only the 3G was having those problems.

HarryGlass

July 16, 2010, 6:17 pm

I guess with broadband file size shouldn't matter so much these days, still it seems lazy that they cannot patch the system in a more efficient manner.





They need to fix the fact that iOS 4 has made the 3G a horrible phone to use due to slowness or admit that iOS 4 shouldn't run on the 3G and that they've effectively ditched it.

Tim 18

July 16, 2010, 6:28 pm

@drdark





It seems that many 3G/3GS owners (Worldwide) are having the same problem im afraid. Check out the following discussion linky......





http://discussions.apple.com/t...

DrDark

July 16, 2010, 7:17 pm

Deary me.

CJ6699

July 17, 2010, 1:30 pm

I attempted to down load 4.0.1 yesterday and my iphone 4 crashed during the install....SO i tried a restore...That crashed...long story short, after several hours and several attempts, I got it installed. Only problem now is, I've lost a months worth of data (Pic, videos, contacts) and now my iPhone 4 is very Glitchy!! NICE ONE APPLE!!!!

Keithe6e

July 18, 2010, 1:25 am

@chris jones: Only problem now is, I've lost a months worth of data





Why not restore the backup ITunes would have done before update?

LetsGo

July 19, 2010, 4:47 am

@Keith Why not restore the backup ITunes would have done before update?





Why not get a proper phone with a true multitasking OS.





One major OS upgrade a year, on hardware with limited variations and it makes some of its users unable to receive calls without crashing. pathetic.





Maybe its just a ploy by Apple to make its users upgrade to the IPhone 4.

Keithe6e

July 19, 2010, 4:02 pm

@LetsGo: Why not get a proper phone with a true multitasking OS.





What issues do you have with Iphone's multi-tasking?. I don't have any, so just curious what you see as been an issue.

LetsGo

July 19, 2010, 4:32 pm

@Keith What issues do you have with Iphone's multi-tasking?. I don't have any, so just curious what you see as been an issue.





A friend was showing me Spotify on his IOS4 equipped 3gs which was linked to his car stereo via bluetooth. It was working flawlessly until he received a phone call then it appeared to crash (phone call went down, screen went blank, handset not responding). However after leaving the phone on the dashboard for about 15 minutes Spotify came back which leads me to think that it might be a multitasking issue.





He later admitted that it crashes - resets a lot while on phone calls since he updated to IOS4.

Keithe6e

July 19, 2010, 5:12 pm

@LetsGo: appeared to crash (phone call went down, screen went blank, handset not responding)





I've not had any problem as severe as that, but I must admit I do believe there is currently issues with IOS4. These should be ironed out in due time, I haven't updated to 4.0.1 yet, so not sure if this fixes a few things too.





Bugs aside, do you see any issues the way M/T has been implemented?

LetsGo

July 19, 2010, 7:11 pm

@Keith Bugs aside, do you see any issues the way M/T has been implemented?





Its a Application dependent multi-tasking OS I like to be able to choose what applications I want running in the background. Having developers decide how programs multi-task sounds good on paper, but developers can not anticipate how users will use their programs.

Keithe6e

July 19, 2010, 8:28 pm

@LetsGo: I like to be able to choose what applications I want running in the background.





Not really sure what you mean there, eg. If I don't want Spotify running in the background I would just press pause.





Do you have an examples?

LetsGo

July 19, 2010, 10:10 pm

@Keith Games.


I run The Great Land Grab, World War, IMobsters, Racing Live almost Permanently, while I might be checking my emails or browsing etc.

Keithe6e

July 20, 2010, 3:25 am

@LetsGo: Games





I assume these are games were you must be waiting a long time for something to happen, MMORGS's and stuff etc. Is there any reason Local Notification & Task Completion wouldn't work?

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