Originally Posted by thespaz
I got to thinking today... perhaps this whole mess actually is a software issue.
I read somewhere where someone suggested that maybe when you touch that part of the phone, it's actually making it MORE signal, not less, but the software screws up and makes the signal drop.
How hilarious would it be if Apple rolls out a software update that fixes the problem and reception is actually improved when you pick it up and have no more dropped calls.
If I recall correctly, Apple has been able to fix issues with their computers that a lot of people SWORE that it HAD TO BE HARDWARE with a software update. After all, software CONTROLS the hardware.
Am I right?
I'm not saying that this software update will solve the problem because I have just as much doubt as everyone else about it, but it would be interesting if they did in fact find something in the baseband that wasn't making the hardware act as it should.
I have a strong suspicion that you are right. I have a long history with Apple going back to 1978. If there is a choice between:
1) a hardware-only implementation
2) a software-only implementation
3) a hardware-modifiable-by-software implementation
Apple will choose 2) a software-only implementation, initially. Over time they may evolve to 3) a hardware-modifiable-by-software implementation.
Almost never, will Apple choose a 1) a hardware-only implementation.
The reasons for this are obvious:
-- they can fix problems (maybe even dropped calls)
-- they can add features
To illustrate, anecdotally:
Circa 1984-6, then Apple Employee Bill Atkinson, (MacPaint, HyperCard, etc.), was giving a demo of some graphics on the Mac (AIR, it was for software for a CCD camera).
Someone on the audience asked: Will Apple buy Amiga to get their graphics hardware?
Paraphrasing Bill's answer: "Why, we can do that in software!"
Consider that Apple is the oldest personal computer manufacturer still in existence; that they have released thousands of devices over the 34 years of their existence; that there have been very few product recalls (you could count the major ones on one hand).
I believe a lot of that is due to the way they integrate hardware and software-- so that fixes and enhancements can be made without changing the hardware!