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Antennagate software issue not hardware?

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The NY Times reported that the source of the problems with Apple’s iPhone 4 antenna may be in fact due to the way that the software communicates with the antenna.  I never have trusted Consumer Reports after I bought their top pick for inkjet printers   -AS

One person with direct knowledge of the phone’s design said Thursday that the iPhone 4 exposed a longstanding weakness in the basic communications software inside Apple’s phones and that the reception problems were not caused by an isolated hardware flaw. Instead, the problems emerged in the complex interaction between specialized communications software and the antenna, said the person, who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter.

The person said the problems were longstanding but had been exposed by the design of the iPhone 4. All cellphones can be affected by the way a hand grips the phone, but well-designed communications software compensates for a variety of external factors and prevents calls from dropping, the person said.

Mr. Jobs did not learn about the software problem until after the iPhone 4 shipped last month, the person said.


Written by adamsafire

July 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm

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