iOS 4.1 beta includes signal bar changes, doesn’t help antenna problems

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The upcoming update to iOS 4, version 4.1, has now hit the beta stage with developers now able to get a sneak peak and able to play around with the SDK (software development kit).

While the changes remain unclear, one of the changes is already known – the software fix that has been touted by Apple to fix the antenna problems that have plagued the iPhone 4 since launch.

Need a recap on the fix? Here’s Apple’s own explanation of it:

To fix this, we are adopting AT&T’s recently recommended formula for calculating how many bars to display for a given signal strength. The real signal strength remains the same, but the iPhone’s bars will report it far more accurately, providing users a much better indication of the reception they will get in a given area. We are also making bars 1, 2 and 3 a bit taller so they will be easier to see.

Turns out, according to the MacRumors forums, this solution does not fix the problem. Let me repeat this again. It DOES NOT fix the antenna problems. As well, users have also reported that the problems with the proximity sensor have not been fixed.

However, with a press conference coming in the next two days, we might find that they have finally come to their senses and admit this is a hardware problem.