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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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Apple class-action over AT&T iPhone lock gets green-light

Apple class-action over AT&T iPhone lock gets green-light

More iPhone class-action suit excitement this week, but this time it's nothing so measly as dodgy reception.  Instead, a federal judge has ruled that a monopoly abuse suit against Apple and their US carrier partner AT&T can go ahead, covering anybody who bought an AT&T iPhone (with two-year agreement) since the first-gen model's release in 2007.  According to the suit, because of Apple's long-term - quoted at five years - exclusivity agreement with AT&T, buyers were in fact locked into five year rather than two year relationships with the carrier.

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Apple: iPhone 4 signal fix coming to address “totally wrong” bars

Apple: iPhone 4 signal fix coming to address “totally wrong” bars

Apple has pushed out what it's calling an open letter to iPhone 4 users, in which they claim that the smartphone's signal reception issue is down to the fact that "the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong."  Instead of incorrect holding causing signal loss, Apple says that in fact the strong signal reports are what are incorrect, and the subsequent drop in apparent strength is, in fact, the real level.  "[Users] big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place" they explain.

Full Apple iPhone 4 reception letter after the cut

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Magellan rugged ToughCase for iPhone boosts GPS & battery

Magellan rugged ToughCase for iPhone boosts GPS & battery

GPS specialists Magellan have launched a new combination ruggedized battery case and signal-enhancing GPS cradle for the iPhone and iPod touch, promising increased accuracy as well as the freedom to take your Apple device out into the rougher elements.  The Magellan ToughCase is waterproof to up to a meter for 30 minutes, together with being resistant to dust, rain, mud, water and snow.

There's also a 1,840mAh battery in there too, which Magellan reckon is sufficient to double your iPhone's runtimes, while the SiRFstar III GPS chipset is accurate down to three meters.  It's not just usable with the company's own RoadMate software, either; just about any GPS app in the App Store should get the positioning boost.

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iOS4 downgrade guide to 3.1.3 saves sluggish iPhones

iOS4 downgrade guide to 3.1.3 saves sluggish iPhones

When iOS4 was released earlier this week, it seemed like a no-brainer for iPhone 3GS, 3G and iPod touch owners to update: after all, free software and boosted features can't be argued with, right?  Unfortunately for many users its turned out to be less impressive than expected, with some handsets now running sluggishly, battery life taking a significant dip and in general the whole experience being sub-par.  Apple may well update iOS4 for these earlier devices and iron out some of the hassles, but until then Lifehacker has a handy guide for downgrading back to iOS 3.1.3.

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PwnageTool 4.01 jailbreaks iOS4 iPhone 3GS, 3G & iPod touch 2G, ready for unlocking

PwnageTool 4.01 jailbreaks iOS4 iPhone 3GS, 3G & iPod touch 2G, ready for unlocking

Having pushed out an iOS4 redsn0w updated yesterday for the iPhone 3G, the iPhone Dev Team are back today with a new version of their PwnageTool 4.01 for the iPhone 3GS, 3G and second-gen iPod touch.  The new software works with the new iOS4 releases Apple pushed out earlier in the week, together with an updated version of the ultrasn0w baseband unlocking tool that severs the carrier lock.

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Apple location tracking raises privacy ire; iAd opt-out unearthed

Apple location tracking raises privacy ire; iAd opt-out unearthed

An update to Apple's privacy policy has prompted uproar, as the Cupertino company adds in location-tracking systems that will allow the company - and their "partners and licensees" - to "collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device."  While the new Location Services settings page allows for selective control over which apps use geographical data, it's unclear whether Apple are still collating it for their own purposes.  One such purpose is Apple's new iAd program, which has an opt-out policy of its own the details of which are buried in a lengthy privacy policy.

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Apple iOS4 released for iPhone 3GS and 3G

Apple iOS4 released for iPhone 3GS and 3G

We're hearing that Apple iOS4 has been released for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and certain iPod touch models.  Available as a free download via iTunes - though you'll need the latest iTunes 9.2 in order to use it - the update brings multitasking support, the ability to organize apps into homescreen folders, a unified email inbox, the iBooks app and Bluetooth wireless keyboard support, among many other things.

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ITC Moves Forward in Investigating HTC’s Patent Claims Against Apple

ITC Moves Forward in Investigating HTC’s Patent Claims Against Apple

In the tough world that is the mobile industry, suing companies is something that many might consider normal. It happens often enough. While Apple may have started this particular battle, HTC definitely didn't want to take it lying down. They, of course, went ahead and sued Apple right back, citing patent infringements of their own. And now, we're one step closer to getting it all figured out (probably).

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