Apple Blames Bar Bug for iPhone Reception Woes

Apple says it has discovered a flaw in iPhone software that makes the phone sometimes display more cellular service bars than it should. It's promised to fix the issue with a patch. However, some users claim that the real problem is hardware-based -- an antenna design flaw that degrades the signal when the phone is held a certain way -- rather than a misleading set of service bars.

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) stated on Friday that the reception problems many iPhone 4 users are complaining about are real -- and that they are caused by a faulty software algorithm.

"We have discovered the cause of this dramatic drop in bars, and it is both simple and surprising," reads a statement from the company. "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."
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