Steve Jobs: “We screwed up on our [signal bar] algorithms”

Steve Jobs: “We screwed up on our [signal bar] algorithms”

Steve Jobs has just argued that all phones have a problem with the death grip. But he still says Apple is culpable of making a mistake.

“We went to a lot of trouble to put this beautiful line in the stainless steel band,” Jobs said, pointing to the iPhone 4 antenna. “This was to say, ‘Here’s where you touch it everbody!'”

“The problem is we had incorrect bars, so when it did drop the drop looked far more catastrophic.”

“We screwed up on our algorithm,” Jobs admits.

“To fix this, we decided to put the correct algorithm into iOS 4.0.1. Your bars will still drop in a death grip, but all smartphones seems to do that.”

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