Apple “Fixes the Glitch” Instead of Admitting They Effed-up

In a move reminiscent of “the Bobs” over at Initech, “the Jobs” over at Apple has decided to skirt the real issue and take the non-confrontational road, convincing you that the real problem with your drop in signal strength on iPhone 4 is that your signal display meter is exaggerating the effect.

Upon investigation, we were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong. Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength. For example, we sometimes display 4 bars when we should be displaying as few as 2 bars. Users observing a drop of several bars when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don’t know it because we are erroneously displaying 4 or 5 bars. Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place.

This is obviously hilarious, and at the same time a smart strategic move to provide a “fix” that will probably satisfy some people at zero point zero cost to Apple. Let’s face it, most iPhone users (and especially the ones that already have iPhone 4) are such rabid fanboys that they’re either going to live with the antenna issue, holding their phones like it’s tea time at The Birdcage, or at worst downgrade to a 3GS until the issue is resolved. Jobs knows exactly what he’s doing…and that’s the definition of true genius.

Read Apple’s full comment and an expert’s response (hint: it’s BS) at gizmodo.


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