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Lots of People Suing Apple for iPhone 4 Reception

Apple has already addressed the signal problem with the iPhone 4, which the company says is a software problem. However, the lawsuits are piling up with Gizmodo reporting that five lawsuits have been filed against Apple. Three of these were filed in the Northern District of California, one in Maryland and one in the Southern District of Texas.

The largest lawsuit of them all is one filed by Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff. Earlier in the week it emerged that Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff was looking for iPhone 4 users who were experiencing problems with the reception on their new phones. The law firm filed suit in the District of Northern California on June 29 on behalf of 11 people.

Apple today posted an open letter explaining that the iPhone was misleading in the number of bars of reception it showed. The company said it was 'stunned' to discover the formula it uses to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong.

"Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength. For example, we sometimes display 4 bars when we should be displaying as few as 2 bars. Users observing a drop of several bars when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don’t know it because we are erroneously displaying 4 or 5 bars. Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place."

Read the full letter here.