It started within days of the launch of Apple’s new iPhone 4 – complaints that the iPhone 4 had noticeably worse reception than the phone’s previous incarnations. As the complaints grew in number, Apple issued a statement saying that there would be software fix on the way for the “optical illusion” that makes signal strength look stronger than what is actually available. But it was after Consumer Reports rated the iPhone 4 as ” can not reccommend” that things got serious at Apple.
The “Big Fix”, however, was not a software fix, a replacement, or even a recall. Instead, Apple will give everyone who purchased an iPhone 4 a free bumper or case that will prevent the wrap around antennae from losing signal strength when held.
We’ll see how that works.