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Version 2.0.2 of firmware for Apple's iPhone was made available yesterday, offering improvements on 3G reception for some, but not fixing the crashing applications Steve is promising to sort by September.

Apple won't say what's in the latest firmware version, beyond promising "bug fixes", but one thing that won't be fixed is the inability to run third-party applications experienced by some iPhone owners.

Those who run into the problem see installed applications pop up briefly, then unexpectedly quit as they apparently fail the permissions check. In some cases the problematic application can be reinstalled and run successfully, but others have found themselves unable to run any third-party apps at all.

One such user apparently emailed the great man himself, and received a characteristically succinct reply seen by AppleInsider: "This is a known iPhone bug that is being fixed in the next software update in September."

Those who've installed the latest version are reporting improved 3G reception in many cases, though a few users have found their devices unable to use 3G networks at all after the upgrade, so clearly Apple has been mucking about with the 3G firmware in the hopes of improving things.

It seems that a more comprehensive fix to the 3G connectivity issues will be forthcoming - there was never a serious risk of Apple recalling handsets, but managing a mobile OS is a tricky business as the environments and usage vary so markedly. In this case it seems that Apple has improved things for the majority, at the cost of causing problems for a minority - which is fine, depending on how vocal that minority ends up being. ®

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