Apple posts iPhone update
Wireless and wake-from-sleep (not) woes fixed
Apple has released a firmware update for the iPhone which supposedly fixes several “sporadic” and “intermittent” bugs in version 3.1 of the handset's system software.
Firmware 3.1.2 fixes several iPhone bugs
Version 3.1.2 supersedes version 3.1, which was released back in early September. Since then iPhone users have made a whole heap of complaints about the software.
Apple's discussion boards and other websites have been packed with posts from punters who have claimed their handsets have inexplicably slipped into an unresponsive "Coma Mode". Others have had trouble making and taking calls, some experience Wi-Fi woes and more.
Poor battery life has been cited rather a lot too. Last month, Apple took the unusual step of directly engaging with grumbling users and asked them to help nail down this particular issue.
According to Apple’s notes, the latest version resolves a “sporadic issue that may cause iPhone to not wake from sleep”, an “intermittent issue that may interrupt cellular network services until restart” and “fixes bug that could cause occasional crash during video streaming”.
As usual, Apple hasn’t gone into any greater detail about the contents of its latest iPhone update. So you’ll just have to download it and hope that 3.1.2 does what the firm claims.
To get the update, simply connect your iPhone into iTunes. ®
Not that broken
I think people like to over play the issues a bit unless there is a specific problem. Perhaps people should try backing up their contacts and stuff and try restoring the software to factory defaults before complaining too much.
I have had an iPhone 3G (jailbroken of course) since December with no real issues. It's currently updated to 3.01, 3.1 wasn't hacked last time a looked. I did update it to 3.1 a few days before I gave the phone back to apple and it seemed OK to me...
Now the one problem that I did have was the WIFI being physically broken after 6 months of use. And I didn't even use WIFI all that much. I am actually quite worried it will do it again out of warranty, if it does they will still be taking it back or it will be small claims court for them.
If it annoys people that much just take the damn phone back to apple they will either fix it or give you a new one... if it's in warranty that is.
It just works and it has battery life.
I wonder if this update fixes the bug that O2 admitted to me exists: I was in the USA with data roaming turned off, yet the iPhone still managed to clock up some data roaming charges on my behalf!
Why doesnt that comment surprise me coming from you?
I have a WinMo Tilt and HAD an iPhone 3G the only gripe I have with it is crap preformance when told to do something. Other then that I have never had to reboot it (unlike the iPhone) or restore it (unlike the iPhone).
I don't think it's ever bricked a phone - coma mode and bricking are two complete seperate things.
From what I've heard, it's a very small percentage of people suffering the battery drain and coma issues - although I'm not sure why I'm half-defending them, I was one of the people caught with the coma mode, and my battery drains alot more than it did before, to the point where it needs recharging every night or it's dead by morning, even if the phone is unused... pre-3.* it would happily stay alive for 2-3 days, but the battery drain was not such an issue with me as the coma mode though. I've had so many issues since 3.*, each update fixing old problems and introducing new ones... one was unability to "slide to answer" or "slide to unlock" half the time, there was the silent-mode-even-thought-it's-not, the no notification for sms problem... then I had issues where it completely raped my 3g profile and put it on payg settings, even though it's a contract phone... then the latest random coma mode, battery drain, and occasionally visual voicemail claims it's not working... I'm not sure if that's the phone being buggy, or the actual visual voicemail servers.
Hope the new update will fix the problems people are having, but I've had it with worrying about every new update introducing new random bugs, so I'm jumping ship, might look at them again in a few years when they take customer complaints about the updates more seriously... I've not had a reply from their support team for many queries - and they ignore all the forums, and I hate being ignored... shame though, loved my iPhone! :(