After a much heated grumbling fest about iPhone’s apparent signal woes, Apple released the iOS 4.1 Beta to address the issue. Apple recently released a statement revealing that the built-in iOS 4 had erroneous displays of signal strength.

Apple’s Explanation

In depth testing by the engineers at Consumer Reports proved that the Apple’s claims of a software glitch were not the whole truth. After a battery of tests, the Consumer Reports found out it was a design flaw of the iPhone. Users are demanding a recall and Apple stands to lose $1.4 billion if it pursues this course. The debate is yet not over and many iPhone enthusiasts have to wait for a hardware solution from Apple.

The Consumer Reports also presented a temporary fix for the signal reception problem. All you need is a non-conductive tape to cover the antenna gap.

But the iPhone OS 4.1 does have its share of noteworthy improvements.

Finally, the Game Center is with the iOS 4.1 Beta, which will  to be released for the iPhone 4 late this year. With a revamped look, Game Center offers iPhone users a way to connect with their peers while using iGames.


Repositioned Flash/Camera buttons in landscape mode

-Spelling check modifications can be accessed through SettingThe new platform

-Works with the iPhone 4. iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and for the 2nd and 3rd generation of iPod Touch.

For those who have jailbroken iPhones, it might be wise to await for the iPhone Dev Team’s go signal before upgrading to the new beta version.  According to iH8sn0w, a team dedicated to hacking iPhones and iPods “all jailbreakers and especially unlockers should stay away from ios4.1 beta until further notice!”

Just to be on the safe side, Apple gives its users a choice.

“As a reminder, if you are not fully satisfied, you can return your undamaged iPhone to any Apple Retail Store or the online Apple Store within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.”

The iPhone 4 is now dubbed as Apple’s Vista. Judging from the PR mess that iPhone 4 is wallowing in, Apple might have to amp its PR budget this year—probably cheaper than a full item recall anyway.