Apple has begun its assault on the iPhone 4 reception issue today with the release of iOS 4.0.1, the first update to the device’s operating system.
Two weeks ago, when the iPhone 4 reception issue came to light, Apple promised a software fix to the formula it uses to calculate signal strength. Although the reception issue has been identified as a hardware problem since then, we still expected Apple to roll out the software fix.
According to Apple, iOS 4.0.1 only has one change: It “improves the formula to determine how many bars of signal strength to display.” Because it addresses an issue inherent only to phones, iOS 4.0.1 is only available for the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and iPhone 4.
We expected Apple would roll out the software fix as part of its plan for stopping its iPhone 4 nightmare, but it won’t be enough alone. It must address the iPhone 4 reception issues on Friday and clearly answer the many lingering questions about the device. Whether that leads to a recall or something else remains to be seen.