Apple fixes iPhone 4 reception – by making signal bars bigger

Steve Job's top technologists have been working around the clock to fix reception problems reported by thousands of users when they hold the new iPhon

In a stunning PR move, Apple is claiming not that the iPhone 4 is faulty - but that all the previous iPhones were. In a letter to iPhone owners today, Apple admitted, "The formula we use to calculate signal strength is totally wrong, in many instances mistakenly displaying 2 more bars than it should. For example, we sometimes display 4 bars when we should be displaying as few as 2 bars."

In fact, says Apple, its own experience and testing says the iPhone 4's wireless performance is the best they have ever shipped. The company will be issuing a free software update "within a few weeks" to correct the display, but if you feel it's all a bit Emperor's New Clothes, you can of course return your iPhone 4 to Apple for a full refund. Something tells us there will be plenty of people willing to take it off your (left) hands.