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Apple's dubious iPhone twaddle makes things worse

So Apple responds to the distress iPhone 4 owners are experiencing by "holding it wrong" by issuing a statement saying that it has been measuring signal strength wrongly since its very first iPhone.

"In many instances," the firm confessed, the iPhone 4 "mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength. For example, we sometimes display 4 bars when we should be displaying as few as 2 bars."

It added: "Users observing a drop of several bars when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don’t know it because we are erroneously displaying 4 or 5 bars. Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place."

So, when the phone gets its new update, it will show fewer bars. Like, you'll see two bars where there might previously have been four. And what happens when you hold the phone "wrong"?

Well, instead of seeing a drop from four bars to two, you'll see a drop from two bars to none.

You still won't be able to make calls. But at least you'll know that the signal bars are more accurate than they used to be.