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Apple: Antenna Problem is Real, Offers Free Cases

Apple: Antenna Problem is Real, Offers Free Cases

Time to stop the speculation. Over the course of the last 22 days, we've heard from every angle of the Internet that the iPhone 4 is plagued with reception issues. And, throughout those days, we've heard all sorts of reasons: it's the antenna, it's the software, it's the way you're holding it. Maybe it's even your face. Or, it's a combination of all of those things, jumbled into one big issue that no one could figure out why the new iPhone was suffering from. Well, we can finally say that we've got an answer, and it's straight from Steve Jobs himself. The antenna is the best antenna they've ever created, but it does have a flaw -- just like every other smartphone on the planet.

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iPhone signal tweaks compared; iOS 4.0.1 quietly fixes Exchange support too

iPhone signal tweaks compared; iOS 4.0.1 quietly fixes Exchange support too

We love a good colored diagram here at SlashGear, and so this comparison chart showing just how Apple has changed iPhone signal strength bar mapping in their latest iOS 4.0.1 update is tickling us nicely.  The handiwork of AnandTech reader Mike Escoffery, it shows the considerable margin by which Apple emphasized a "full bars" signal.  Meanwhile, while there was no mention of it in the iTunes release notes, iOS 4.0.1 also addresses Exchange ActiveSync problems.

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iOS 4.0.1 released to fix iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G signal meter

iOS 4.0.1 released to fix iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G signal meter

Apple's promised iOS4 update has been pushed out for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G.  iOS 4.0.1 apparently "improves the formula to determine how many bars of signal strength to display," after Apple discovered they had been using the wrong calculations.  Previewed earlier today in the iOS4.1 developer beta, the update is expected to make the iPhone's signal meter more accurate, but not address the hardware issue experienced by iPhone 4 owners where holding the smartphone in a certain way can significantly impair antenna performance.

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iOS4.1 Beta fattens signal bars but iPhone 4 antenna issue remains

iOS4.1 Beta fattens signal bars but iPhone 4 antenna issue remains

Apple has pushed out their latest iOS beta to its developer community, iOS4.1, and the question everybody is asking is whether it includes the promised patch to "fix" the signal issue.  Unfortunately, while the modem firmware has been updated (going from 01.59.00 to 02.07.01) and the signal bars are larger than before, early feedback in the MacRumors forum suggests that there's no actual difference in performance - if you touch the antenna during a call, that can be enough to kill your connection.

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Apple acquire Poly9 3D mapping experts

Apple acquire Poly9 3D mapping experts

Apple has quietly acquired a Canadian mapping company, Poly9, in a move that some are suggesting marks the next step in the Cupertino firms plans to replace Google Maps in products like the iPhone and iPad.  Poly9's official site has been taken down and there's no official announcement from Apple or the company; their most notable product is a "cross-browser, cross-platform 3D globe" that can be manipulated without any installation and with minimal data downloads.

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iPhone 4 Inevitable Hardware Recall Coming, PR Experts Say

iPhone 4 Inevitable Hardware Recall Coming, PR Experts Say

Back and forth. Back and forth. That's what this antenna issue has become, with Apple sitting in the middle, watching the results as they make their way from one end of the spectrum to the other. Back and forth. And it's only getting brighter in the media's eye (if that's even possible), and when that starts happening, we can surely expect it to be making waves amongst the populace. Even amongst those who might call themselves Apple fans. With a new report from Consumer Reports hot on the heels of the issue, we now get word from so-called PR experts that a hardware recall for the new iPhone is inevitable.

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iPhone 4 Has Officially Been Unlocked

iPhone 4 Has Officially Been Unlocked

If you're an international customer (not in the United States), then you won't have to do much to get your hands on an unlocked iPhone 4. They come like that across the pond. So, as is usual 'round these parts, devs had to crack down on their social lives to get the new iPhone, running iOS4, unlocked. It involved rewriting the entire ultrasn0w software, which meant previous versions couldn't be used, thanks to the new baseband that Apple installed in the iPhone 4. But, PlanetBeing and MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team have managed to get an iPhone 4, running iOS4, unlocked.

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BMW to support iOS 4 iPod out

BMW to support iOS 4 iPod out

With the iPhone and the iPod being some of the most popular devices on the market when it comes to music and smartphones many cars are now starting to offer accessories specifically for connecting them in the car. Ford's Sync system supports the iPhone and iPod via USB and Bluetooth streaming for instance.

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Fring adds 2-way 3G video calls to iPhone 4 [Video]

Fring adds 2-way 3G video calls to iPhone 4 [Video]

The iPhone 4 may have re-popularised the idea of mobile video calls, with its WiFi-only FaceTime system, but its taken Fring to bring true 3G video calling to the smartphone (and make it cross-platform compatible too).  The company's newest release - available for Android, Series 60 and iOS - now supports video calls over 3G networks, as well as the usual VoIP and text chat.

If you're an iOS4 user you'll be pleased to hear there's baked-in support for Apple's multitasking system, so Fring stays call-aware in the background and will alert you to new messages or incoming calls.  They've also tried to make the app the single place you go to check all your social networking updates, with Twitter and Facebook integration too.

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Apple to patch iPhone 4 Jailbreak hole in new iOS 4.0.1 update?

Apple to patch iPhone 4 Jailbreak hole in new iOS 4.0.1 update?

According to multiple sources at Apple retail, the company has decided to hold off on releasing their next iOS4 firmware update so as to use it to patch the hole used in the promised jailbreak hack.  Two employees from an Apple Store in Lakeside, UK, have apparently confirmed to Redmond Pie that the iOS 4.0.1 (or 4.1) update will be toward the end of Apple's tipped "next few weeks" release window.

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