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Speed The Key As iPhone Firmware 2.0.1 Hits

Gordon Kelly


Speed The Key As iPhone Firmware 2.0.1 Hits

While few would disagree firmware 2.0 marked a quantum leap for the iPhone it did have that rushed feeling about it, something Apple now promises is fixed...

Firmware 2.0.1 touched down this morning and at a hefty 250MB (it won't waste that space on your handset) it comes with the claim of bug fixes and performance improvements galore.

Early reports include much reduced virtual keyboard and contacts lag and a snappier OS all round while applications are said to run with more stability and install quicker through iTunes. I'm also hearing reports of faster iPhone backups (once the first post-upgrade backup is done) as well.

Sadly however it looks like new features (including the infamous copy and paste, turn-by-turn GPS voicing, etc) are a bust but let us know if you spot anything incremental. Needless to say the Pwnage unlock tool has itself been pwned by this update.

Oh and iPod touch users (wow, I'm treating you as badly as Apple) - this update is free for you too...

In related news ever innovative peripherals site USBFever has started sales of a hardware unlock tool for the iPhone 3G and like its previous systems simply requires the careful trimming of your SIM card. Whether the unlock is hindered by firmware 2.0.1 we'll try and find out but with a 20 August ship date we'd seriously hope not.

Update: We've had it confirmed the sim unlock is only compatible with firmware 2.0 at present so beware. A 2.01 compatible version is imminent apparently.


Apple iTunes UK

USB Fever Product Page


August 5, 2008, 5:54 pm

I'm wondering when they're going to allow you to SMS through your computer when the iPhone is docked. It seems a bit pointless having to remove the iPhone from the dock to text someone when an application could be written allowing you to do it on the computer.

Apparently iPhone PC Suite has part of that functionality, but it would be nice if Apple jumped on the bandwagon with this feature.


August 5, 2008, 6:21 pm

The question is, do I believe the iPhone Dev Team's suggestion that my unlock should survive the upgrade?


August 5, 2008, 7:02 pm

@Darfuria - granted you can't text through your computer with the iPhone docked, but there's nothing stopping you just picking the dock up and texting with the phone connected. I do it all the time!


August 5, 2008, 7:22 pm

@Gordon, of course, it's just a simple thing really. Apple just seem to be fantastic at all of this great technology, but they often miss the simple things that make people go "Aawhh", such as copying and pasting, and SMS through the computer when the phone is docked. It'd be a neat little feature.


August 5, 2008, 7:22 pm

I would expect the various SIM unlockers to survive any and all updates because they are handset-independent and don't just exploit a (pluggable) iPhone hole.

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