A lawsuit was reportedly filed in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday against Apple over the allegation that it misled iPhone customers by displaying a strong carrier than was actually available.
InformationWeek reported the complaint :-
Apple’s design of the [Signal Strength Meter] drastically and surreptitiously inflated reporting of excellent reception and under-reported instances of poorer reception.
The Meter thus conveniently promoted a positive, if not euphoric customer reaction to the iPhone, which inures to Apple’s benefit at the expense of Plaintiff and other purchasers.
Indeed unlike makers of other cell phones, Apple has begun programming its iPhones so as to block users from accessing data showing how its Signal Strength Meter is calibrated.
The allegation first arose last year when iPhone 4 was launched in 2010 about signal the siganl stregth issue but still was able to dodge the bullet which resulted in iPhone 4 success. The Cupertino company said on July 2010 that the formula used to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is wrong in a public letter.
The lawsuit seeks recompense for the faulty effect of the signal calculation appearance has on the iPhone resale value.
The value of an iPhone with a fatally flawed Signal Strength Meter is less than the value of the same iPhone without the flaw.
The Cupertino company has not made any comment regarding this issue till now. Hopefully when they find out the real problem, then they would speak out again just like they did before when they found out bugs in iOS 5 relating to battery issues.
Although that signal calculating formula can be fixed through iOS update, it is still too much trouble for many people who don’t have the time to plug it in and go through the procedure.