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Why does my iPhone lie to me? (a genuine question)

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How were the pyramids built so accurately? Did the city of Atlantis really ever exist? Are we alone in the universe? Who killed JFK? Why do intelligent people watch ‘reality’ TV? These are just some of the great mysteries that have puzzled scholars, scientists, and academics for years, but they all pale into insignificance compared to the biggest mystery that faces me.

Why does every iPhone I have ever owned lie to me?

I first joined the Cupertino cult when the iPhone 4S was introduced in 2011, and ever since then, I’ve watch the phone get increasingly more powerful and increasingly more capable.

The current-day iPhone is, essentially, a powerful handheld computer that just happens to be able to make phone calls, and if you take a step back and think how quickly (relatively speaking) we have got to where we are today with the iPhone’s technology, it’s incredibly impressive.

But here’s my issue. Despite all of the huge advances in iPhone technology that we’ve seen since Steve Jobs unveiled the first device in 2007, one very, very, annoying aspect of the iPhone still hasn’t been engineered away.

The iPhone lies about the signal its receiving.

On literally hundreds of occasions, I’ve looked an an iPhone screen that’s telling me that I have some kind of connection to a cellular network only to find that I really don’t. And I know that I don’t really have a connection because nothing else on the phone that relies on a cellular network will work!

a screenshot of a phone
Two bars of 4G signal, but no internet access.
a screenshot of a computer
Three bars of 5G, but no internet access.

What’s even more annoying is when another bit of software that Apple has engineered tells me that I have no network connection at the same time that the main signal indicator continues to show that, apparently, I’m fully connected.

a white rectangular sign with black text
No access to the internet, but I have access to 5G … apparently!

What’s that all about?!

How is it possible for one bit of iPhone software to be capable of knowing that I have no signal while the bit of software whose only job it is to tell me how much signal I have is incapable of doing the same?

Does anyone know?

This was bad enough back in the days of the iPhone 4S, but here we are 13 years later with iPhones that are colossally more powerful than the 4S, and yet the same issue persists. Why?

This is the real mystery that I want to see scholars, academics and scientists address. The mysteries of the cosmos and the universe can wait. Forget dark matter, string theory, and cold fusion. Someone with a brain needs to head over to Apple HQ, kick some *** and sort this signal issue once and for all before I (inevitably) crack and throw my lying phone into the nearest lake 🙂

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  1. There is 1 inaccuracy. True smart people do not watch reality TV. It’s those who unknowingly believe they are smart but are not that do. The rest you are spot on.


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