Comic: “Anything for an extra bar”

June 29, 2010
Comic:  “Anything for an extra bar”

About this comic

Sounds like Apple will have a software fix for the weird reception issue on the iPhone 4, depending on how you hold it, but in the meantime, BOOM!

23 Responses to Comic: “Anything for an extra bar”

  1. Martin says:

    I may not be a communications technology expert, but how can a software patch fix hardwayre fault? I’m pretty sure that if the optical sensor of my mouse gets deformed as soon as I lay my hand on the chassis, in such a way that it can’t get a clar picture and the mouse won’t know if it’s moving, a new mouse driver will definitely not solve that problem.

    Besides that, the comic is great :)

  2. Fang14 says:

    There’s an app for that…

  3. gedece says:

    Well, it’s quite easy, if the software detects a sudden drop in reception, it doesn’t show it. Fixed Jobs style.

  4. Everyone is assuming it’s a hardware flaw. Could totally be a SW thing. Who knows. All I know is back in my early 3G days, I had HORRIBLE battery life, that a patch fixed. So I am optimistic.

  5. Scott Martin says:

    I loved this one. I’m also hoping that a software patch can fix this. Although, admittedly I’m getting a case for mine anyway, so I am not that bothered by it.

  6. SirWackerly says:

    Are you getting it Scott?

  7. Dave says:

    Having to wear your own butt as a hat just to get an Apple product to worck correctly.

    hmmmm. Actually sounds about right.
    Game on!

  8. NeuroMan42 says:

    You cannot fix a “hardware” issue with “software”. Of course, maybe in the dream world in Jobs’ mind you can.

    • Again, everyone is assuming it’s a hardware issue. Like I did with the 3G battery life. Wait and see.

      And yes, I am getting an iPhone 4. Just as soon as someone has em. :)

      • NeuroMan42 says:

        I can see how the battery life can be changed by an upgrade… you can change how Apps use power, BUT you cannot change the physical location of the antenna with a software patch. LOL… I am curious why it is taking Apple so long to fix such a big problem though.

      • NeuroMan42 says:

        My sister keeps “trying” to get me to get an iPhone. I am switching to AT&Crap solely for the fact that my mom, sister, and girlfriend use it.

      • It’s not always about physical location. The way that the OS and firmware USE that physical location is what matters.

        Either way, the patch will tell. If people have no hit on data or cell speeds after the patch, easily testable with 3rd party speedtest apps, then we’ll know.

  9. tnfreak says:

    batteries and antennas are two differnt entitys, althogh as far fetched as it can be for reception, maybe one antenna isnt getting enough voltage, but on the other hand (no pun intended) they could have made the left side antenna with a poor solder connection or , maybe it isnt fully seated or some other issue, i plan on saving up for one but ill hold off until the issues are fixed

  10. NeuroMan42 says:

    I personally think that the Commodore 64 is the blame. ;)

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  11. Meph says:

    Brilliant.
    You know this one made it too the last episode at TWiT?

  12. knealy says:

    I think it’s pretty simple. There are two antennae and they are separated in the metal frame by a small gap which gets electrically bridged by your sweaty palm. This attenuates the signal. The two parts of the frame need to be kept isolated from each other.

    Electrically insulate the metal frame from your hand and the problem is solved.

    • NeuroMan42 says:

      Yes… but that involves Apple admitting a problem and fixing it. So far they would rather lie, blame AT&T, and iPhone users. They need to man up and admit the problem and fix it instead of continually slinging BS. Although it is funny to see them constantly being caught in their lies. :)

  13. knealy says:

    And, yes, this is a design flaw.

    BTW, the time stamp on my post is fast by 2 hours and 22 minutes.

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