Here’s a quick post to let you know that the iPhone 2.1 update was released late yesterday. Not only has this update improved the iPhone user experience (according to blog posts just now coming in) but Apple has learned something about communicating with iPhone users.
Included in the update was the following detailed list of fixes and improvements, instead of the general “bug fixes” statement included in previous updates.
- 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
[Late Update – I just discovered an undocumented and important fix included in the new release, at least its not included in the published list. When you update an application, after installation, your icon is returned to its previous homepage and position. Hooray, no more time consuming reorganizing icons after each update.]
Apple even went one better and immediately posted this list on their website along with detailed instructions for installation. Although folks that have updated their iPhone before won’t need these instructions (nothing has changed in updates) it shows great support for the new user.
And they even included a link to why you would want to upgrade from 1.0, a nice marketing presentation for those that are still at 1.0. Is there anyone still at 1.0?
One closing caveat. This update takes considerable time, so be patient and just let it work its magic. John