Originally Posted by HamburgerJung
My 1st generation MacBook is also randomly losing Bluetooth connectivity for hours, which I only discovered recently, when I purchased a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. I have tried every trick in the book (that is, every trick that I could find on the web), to no avail. I tended to think that this was a hardware problem as the log file pointed to a corrupt USB port, on which the Bluetooth connector is supposedly located.
Now I am curious to see if 10.5.7 fixes that problem. Doesn't matter anymore anyway, as I will be picking up my new MacBook Pro this afternoon
For what it's worth, I've found OSX's built in bluetooth to be problematic across all of the 9 MacBook Pros and 2 MacBook Airs I've used over the years.
Hoping for the best (10.5.7 + iPhone 3.0), I had preemptively purchased 4 of the best A2DP stereo bluetooth headsets I could get my hands on. I've kept the Sony Ericsson HBH-DS205 because of the fantastic experience I'm having when using them with Vista machines and mobile phones.
Unfortunately, my otherwise flawless MacBook Air delivers terrible audio via A2DP and intermittently freaks out, freezing all bluetooth audio until I reboot.
The sad news is that 10.5.7 shows no improvement.
Over the years I've observed a range of limitations and quirks in the OSX bluetooth implementation that go beyond A2DP (stereo audio). I've also noted that using bluetooth will decrease the stability of weak wi-fi connection... making use of a bluetooth headset and simultaneous internet impossible throughout the upper floors of my house. I love the notebook esthetics, but isn't it possible to reduce radio interference through better placement of the antennas/chipsets?
Having great bluetooth experiences on other platforms and a consistently negative macbook+bluetooth experience, leads me to conclude that Apple needs to get moving on both hardware and software improvements.
Having tried a lot of gear over the years, the first really usable, well designed wireless stereo headsets are here. As mobile telephones are to fixed line telephones... the wireless revolution in personal audio is here. A simple pendant that provides stunning sound and a great microphone with all-day battery life makes the perfect audio interface to our computers, phones, ipods and even televisions.
Will Snow Leopard save my MacBook Air? Will this summer's round of iphones bring music to my wireless ears?
Time will tell. Sigh.