Yellow spots (don't sweat it, the glue just hasn't dried yet). Dropped signals (dude, first off you're holding it wrong. And secondly, our math was buggered , you had less bars the whole time!). And now you can add slow uploads to the list of iPhone 4 woes. So who's to blame this time?
Not Apple, and hey, don't look at AT&T, the wireless carrier says. The problem, according to AT&T, is sloppy code in the software for Alcatel-Lucent's 3G network equipment, which temporarily drops upstream connections for a handful of AT&T subscribers. It took the launch of the iPhone 4 and the subsequent strain on upload capacity to expose the flaw.
"It came to the forefront after the iPhone 4 because of the big increase in the uplink data," said Mary Ward, spokeswoman for Alcatel.
It isn't just iPhone 4 owners who are affected, but anyone using a HSUPA (High-Speed uplink Packet Access) device, such as AT&T's LaptopConnect cards for PCs and netbooks. Even so, AT&T insists the problem is only affecting some 2 percent of its mobile subscribers.
Alcatel says it's working on the problem and expects to have it fixed soon.