After much speculation, Apple has released a firmware update to iOS. Version 4.0.1 of iOS is only for the iPhone, and is designed to better display the iPhone signal bars indicating strength of network coverage. The installer information succinctly states that iOS 4.0.1 will improve “… the formula to determine how many bars of signal strength to display.” This is, in fact, the only fix in the update. Despite the change in height of the bars, this update is only cosmetic, and does not change the hardware issue that has drawn the ire of Apple fans and detractors alike. Apple will presumably discuss this issue in further detail at their special iPhone 4 press event, which will be held tomorrow at 10AM Pacific.
With the iOS 3.2.1 update, Apple has finally produced a firmware update fixing the iPad WiFi connection difficulties. Apple has included the following fixes with iOS 3.2.1 for the iPad:
- Improved Wi-Fi connectivity
- Fixed an issue that could prevent copy and paste of single-page PDF attachments in Mail
- Addressed an issue that could cause video playback to freeze
- Improved reliability of video-out when using iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter
- Added Bing as an option for Safari’s search field
These fixes have been planned since May, and hopefully will solve any problems that users have had.
If you have somehow been able to download iOS 4.0.1 already, is your iPhone’s signal being represented more accurately? Let us know in the comments.