iPhone 2.1 firmware released

Apple has released new iPhone 2.1 software on its iTunes online service that offers to decrease dropped calls, improve the battery life, improve e-mail reliability, improve text messaging notification, reduce 3rd-party application crashes and reduce the time it takes to sync the device with a computer. Users have noticed more "bars" on the connection meter and have reported that it was faster performing key tasks. Last month's update from Apple drew some criticism from users that claimed that it did not enhance access to high-speed data networks as Apple had predicted. In this update, Apple also patched 8 security vulnerabilities including the "passcode bug" they fixed last January but failed to include in the July iPhone 2.0 update. The other 7 vulnerabilities were the same 7 that were fixed in the iPod Touch 2.0 update earlier this week.

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This one is much better for me. I actually turned on and left the 3G on lastnight. My battery seems much better now too. I usually can go two days and then I have to recharge. So far it is still on full battery, and 3G was on all night long.

Contacts searching is 10000% better. It does seem like a new install of a windows OS... :)

*2 thumbs up*

Glitches:

If you have a text conversation open with a particular person and you lock the phone and then get a text from that same person and unlock your phone to read and reply to it, you'll see that that text isn't in the conversation. You have to hit "Messages" to go into the 'text lobby' and then go back into the conversation to have it appear.

Well, I'm not sure if the following is a glitch or an 'improvement.' When you receive a text and you don't unlock your phone to view it, you just leave it, the phone will alert you again like five minutes later that you've received a new text.

(Le Master said @ #10)
Glitches:

If you have a text conversation open with a particular person and you lock the phone and then get a text from that same person and unlock your phone to read and reply to it, you'll see that that text isn't in the conversation. You have to hit "Messages" to go into the 'text lobby' and then go back into the conversation to have it appear.

Well, I'm not sure if the following is a glitch or an 'improvement.' When you receive a text and you don't unlock your phone to view it, you just leave it, the phone will alert you again like five minutes later that you've received a new text.

Yeah, I had that in either 2.0.1 or 2.0.2 - I forget which introduced it for me, but 2.0 never did it. Haven't had it with 2.1 .. yet.

So when will Apple be putting on the Push Notification and Turn-by-Turn Navigation they said they plan to put on for September?

I love this update! I've been on 2.0.1 and 2.0.2 and not once would the GPS find my location, now it works every time and in under 2 seconds! Finally!

The new update has just made everything much snappier; in other words it feels like installing a fresh copy of Windows on a PC that had spyware.

(LTD said @ #6.2)
Your comeback is pure fail.

...said Mr. Mac Bias. Sorry, you lost your vote on Mac vs. PC debates when you lost all of your credibility. :cheeky:

(excalpius said @ #6.3)

...said Mr. Mac Bias. Sorry, you lost your vote on Mac vs. PC debates when you lost all of your credibility. :cheeky:

LOL, well OBVIOUSLY I have a Mac bias. Like, who wouldn't??

(LTD said @ #5)
LOL, well OBVIOUSLY I have a Mac bias. Like, who wouldn't?? ;)

The other 96% of the world who isn't so easily taken in by clique marketing. :cheeky:

Lots of improvements, but not everything it allright. It takes a lot longer now to catch WiFi networks, even known ones. And (I don't know who had the stupid idea at Apple) the contact list now puts blank spaces inbetween the phone numbers. Which wouldn't be so bad if it put them where they belong... which it doesn't. Actually it tries to put them according to a country scheme. That only works if you put the international code before the number.

2.1 >>>>> 2.0 for me. Contact searching used to make me want to tear my hair out on 2.0, even after I reduced the size of my listing in half (from about 300 down to 150) -- other elements are a lot snappier now too, but that's what has really stood out for me.

I have noticed one thing so far with the latest update, it might be temporary I have to play with it more. It seems as if the visual voicemail is a lot more 'tinnier' sounding. I've gotten 2 voicemails today, and upon listening to them they really sounded like it has less quality than previously. I hope it's not permanent.. it sounds terrible.

I just was listening to 2 voicemails as well, and the sound on both was very tinny/high. Don't like it at all...

The rest of the update looks good though so far.

Why do I so often see weird titles for Mac-related stories? "iPhone 2.1 firmware released" is what any normal news related site would say. Also, where did it ever say there were 8 security vulnerabilities in the iPhone and that they were fixed in this update? The only vulnerability I've ever heard about was the passcode.

(patseguin said @ #2)
Why do I so often see weird titles for Mac-related stories? "iPhone 2.1 firmware released" is what any normal news related site would say. Also, where did it ever say there were 8 security vulnerabilities in the iPhone and that they were fixed in this update? The only vulnerability I've ever heard about was the passcode.

I rather enjoyed "iFix for iPhone". It isn't any different than "Yahoo! Adds! More! Content!" although that particular bit has been done to death.

Some more information on some of the vulnerabilities can be found here: http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1891

(Fred Derf said @ #2.1)

I rather enjoyed "iFix for iPhone". It isn't any different than "Yahoo! Adds! More! Content!" although that particular bit has been done to death.

Some more information on some of the vulnerabilities can be found here: http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1891


hehe, yeah I suppose. I guess I am cranky. I see you changed it which is pretty cool. :)

As far as the vulnerabilities, I stand corrected sir.

Apps install a lot quicker now. Updates are better too as the icon on the menu used to move to the end of the home menu. Now it correctly just replaces the old install icon.
Can't say much for reception, I only have an Touch.

I still don't know why they removed the 'Update All' option in 2.0.1. Ideas?