Just when you thought Jobs was beyond parody...
...he authorises the release of an "update" to bias out the signal strength meter.
The anandtech piece explains that the meter does in fact offer a non-linear user experience in areas with patchy coverage, but the aerial design/reception issue does actually exist.
Therefore the "update" lives in that neat little crevice between fact and FUD, most impressive indeed.
Since the iPod Mk 1 was released, Apple have demonstrated a pretty impressive climb towards the summit of industrial design - until today.
This is not the beginning of the end for Apple's image, but certainly the end of the beginning.