Apple unsheathes Jesus Phone 2.1
iSavior or iFlop?
Apple has released a software update for the iPhone, saying it will cut the number of set-up failures and dropped calls while providing "significantly better" battery life.
The iPhone 2.1 update also patches eight security vulnerabilities, including the seven Apple mended on the iPod touch earlier this week and an extra bug the company fixed eight months ago but somehow forgot to address when it rolled out iPhone 2.0 this summer.
Over at Apple's support forums, some users claim the new update fixes infamous reception problems with the new 3Gesus Phone. "I'm VERY happy to report that 2.1 seems to have resolved ALL of my 3G issues," says someone who calls himself DJRumpy.
"I even have 3-4 bars in places where there was no signal before (read..dead) and I am able to browse with excellent speed. I've gotten approximately a 20-30 db signal increase according to the service mode signal strength."
But others tell a different story. "Upgrade to 2.1 made my already bad call drop situation far worse. Whereas I drop 20-25 calls a day with the iPhone (it was 2-3 a day with Verizon Wireless), I have been dropped at least 50 times today after the upgrade to 2.1," says Sheeko .
"The iPhone is an iFlop that will haunt apple for some time to come. This along with the the stupid idiosyncrasies, iTunes consistently crashes with outlook Sync, A miniature search button under contacts, Terrible battery life, Unbearably slow response time to user input, shows Apple's new direction to focus on revenue over quality."
To judge for yourself, connect your Jesus Phone to iTunes and press update. ®
Another fully operational and improved 3G
Just thought I'd add my voice to the others that have had no major problems with their iPhone, including now 3 firmware updates which have all worked without a hitch. The latest has speeded up contacts loading and app installation, and iTunes 8 has speeded up backups and syncs (not that mine were horrendously long, but they occasionally seemed to stall for a minute or two - now they don't).
Yes, I get a occasional app crash, but it's no worse than my previous phone in that respect (p910) and I use it more. I've had the low signal on 3G until 2.1, but no dropped calls - it just switched seamlessly to 2G. All in all, very pleased with it, as with other Apple kit. I can understand it not being suitable for everyone: what I don't get is why so much hatred for it? Or Apple in general. They make good stuff on the whole - is that such a sin?
Whoo better 3G signal, what would be nice is if O2 actually had any 3G masts in the north west of england to start with!!!
I wasn't going to comment as it was a breeze for me. Plug in, hit the button, wait an inordinately long time for the backup, get told it's done, enjoy.
However, I feel with the number of people saying no-one can get it to work without deleting everything, I felt I should add my voice to the usually silent crowd for whom things just work. I suspect there are millions like me reading this on their working iphones trying to work out what the fuss is about.
Good update, it's the one we should have had with the iPhone 3G release.