It’s been an extremely eventful weekend for me. Unfortunately, that meant NO UPDATES FOR YOU! Well now I’m back in the game. If the formatting of this post seems a bit off, it is due to the fact that I’m using a busted old tower at the moment, and the post page is not displaying correcty. I’ll fix any issues this evening.
I came across an interesting article, this morning, posted on macrumors. Steve Jobs is known to respond to personal emails on rare occassions, and this time the subject is iPhone 3G reception problems. The validy of this supposed email is in question at this time, but in response to an iPhone user’s email, Jobs stated:
We are working on some bugs which affect around 2% of the iPhones shipped, and hope to have a software update soon.
This is a huge admission for Apple who has, until now, remained quite about blatant reception problems with the iPhone 3G. There has been speculation that these problems may be hardware based and unfixable; however, Jobs’ email suggests that reception issues are caused by iPhone software. I’m sure that this tidbit is welcomed by iPhone 3G owners who are concerned that their little new toy may indeed be, for lack of a better word, broken.
Speaking from personal experience, my phone reception has improved with AT&T, since I switched from Cincinnati Bell. I have been receiving false readings from the iPhone reception bars. Occasionally, my phone will read full bars, where I usually only have one or two. It also switches sporadically from 3G to Edge to WiFi, even while I stand in the same place. This is definitely a software issue, and it is currently more of an annoyance than anything else.
After the MobileMe catasrophe, I’m sure Apple is eager to keep iPhone issues under wraps. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to realize that people are more apt to become belligerent when their complaints are ignored and obvious problems are denied. It is apparent that many of the issues we are seeing with Apple are merely the price we pay for technology. All new devices have issues, and Apple is no different. The fine people at Apple aren’t doing themselves any favors by attempting to keep these issues hush hush. If anything, it might be nice to see Apple acknowledge that they do indeed make mistakes.