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iPhone Software 2.1 Apple Finally Gets It Right

Only a few hours ago, Apple released iPhone Software Update 2.1 for all iPhone users. Though the update has only been available for a few hours, early usage feels very promising with increased reception, signal strength, and overall device and app stability.

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I have been using iPhone Software 2.1 for about 2 hours now. The update installed very quickly, and my iPhone 3G was ready to use within about 20 minutes. Immediately I noticed that every app that previously hadn’t been opening (regardless of restarts and restores), is now launching and staying open. A few of these applications had cost $9.99, so the fact that they work now is great. Regardless of how long Apple took to deliver this software update, they finally did, and that means a lot. Given that they had to counter in all facets of the iPhone’s software and hardware, as well as multiple cellular networks around the world, while simultaneously delivering a software update to all users (globally), Apple has delivered as promised this time.

My iPhone 3G’s interface and operating system is beginning to feel more like the first generation iPhone that was launched rather “bug-free.” Text messaging is much more responsive, the keyboard actually responds to my input, my contacts load faster, same with my email. Prior to this update, my iPhone would get hung up a lot when downloading large amounts of email from the mail server, and now it works like a charm. AT&T has pretty solid 3G coverage here in Portland, and within the last 90 minutes, voice clarity and call stability has also been improved. Ya know when you’re talking to someone on your iPhone and then you get the “kshhhhh” sound, and then they’re gone? That hasn’t happened yet with 2.1.

One tricky line that Apple included in the list below is this “Improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display.” This would technically mean that the accuracy of the reception signal display bars is more accurate with 2.1, but not the actual reception. Apparently there was an issue with the display bars previous to this update, although I don’t know how users could have known, because we had no reception for it to attempt and display.

Apple describes the fixes in iPhone Software Update 2.1 as follows:
• Decrease in call set-up failures and dropped calls
• Significantly better battery life for most users
• Dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes
• Improved email reliability, notably fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
• Faster installation of 3rd party applications
• Fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes for users with lots of third party applications
• Improved performance in text messaging
• Faster loading and searching of contacts
• Improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display
• Repeat alert up to two additional times for incoming text messages
• Option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts
• Genius playlist creation

Additionally, the 2.1 Software Update also fixes a major security flaw that was previously exposed with iPhone Software 2.0.2.

I’m not the only one loving this new software. iPhone users all over the web are reporting back significant increases in signal strength, reception, interface speed, app stability, overall performance, data speeds… pretty much everything that has been giving iPhone users headaches over the past weeks, Apple is addressing here.

It seems like Steve Jobs held up to his promise, and Apple finally got it right. If you haven’t downloaded iPhone Software Update 2.1, it’s available through iTunes. You can learn more about it at Apple’s website as well.

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2 Comments to “iPhone Software 2.1 Apple Finally Gets It Right”

Erin @ September 12th, 2008 at 2:04 pm
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Rock on. I can’t wait to get home and update my phone!

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Aviv @ September 12th, 2008 at 2:05 pm
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Check back and let us know how it goes. Our installations went very smooth.

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