Apple has released version 2.1 of its iPhone software, promising a wealth of bug fixes for a pioneering device that suffered a number of problems.
Chief Executive Steve Jobs had promised the iPhone update in a speech Tuesday during a launch event for next-generation iPod music players, saying, "This is a big update, and it fixes lots of bugs."
The company's software update page shows just how big:
- Decrease in call setup failures and dropped calls
- Significantly better battery life for most users
- Dramatically reduced time to back up to iTunes
- Improved e-mail reliability, notably fetching e-mail from POP and Exchange accounts
- Faster installation of third-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 10 failed passcode attempts
- Genius playlist creation
The iPhone 3G has generally won acclaim for its design and the range of third-party applications that now can run on the device, though some miss features such as copy-and-paste and voice-command dialing. However, network connectivity troubles and other issues have tarnished the iPhone 3G's debut.