Apple’s growing iphone 4 popularity has hit an apparent snag. Users have reported that iPhone 4 signal display can drop 4 or 5 bars when tightly held in a way which covers the black strip in the lower left corner of the metal band.

Under pressure from the negative buzz it has generated, Apple has come out with its own research results. Its engineers found that it is not a defective antenna but a software bug that causes the signal bars show incorrect readings on screen. Apple admitted that this software issue not only affects the fourth generation handsets but has also been there in all its iphones ever since its first iphone launch.

On heels of the iphone 4 signals issue, a law firm claiming to speak on behalf of iPhone users has filed a lawsuit this week, seeking damages for “diminished value of the phone”. The law suit also demands Apple to provide a free casing as the handset manufacturer had previously maintained that the issue could be resolved by enclosing the phone in one of its “bumpers”.

Some mobile phone experts agree with Apple’s findings and add that holding any phone in a certain way would affect signal reception in most mobile phones. In its statement, Apple has offered its iphone users a software upgrade that will correct this signal display issue.


Do you own an iphone 4G? What has been your experience? We would be interested to know in the comments section below.