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iPhone 2.1 Update Brings Speed, Battery & Call Boosts

Gordon Kelly


iPhone 2.1 Update Brings Speed, Battery & Call Boosts

Little was made of the iPhone at Apple's Let's Whimper Let's Rock event last week, but the back end of Friday afternoon did at least see the handset's anticipated 2.1 firmware released to end users...

So what can we expect to see? Well, it is tweaks again primarily according to the official Apple list:

  • Decrease in call set-up failures and dropped calls

  • Significantly better battery life for most users

  • Dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes

  • Improved email reliability, notably fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts

  • Faster installation of 3rd 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 ten failed passcode attempts

  • Genius playlist creation
That said, the Cupertino based company is known to slide little nuggets of gold in now and again to fuel water cooler talk so have a dig around once you've updated.

Cut and paste? Now, now, that's just foolish talk.

Oh and yes, it's already jailbroken. If that's your bag then you know where to look...


iPhone 2.1 Software Update

Peter A

September 15, 2008, 12:30 pm

As well as the offical Apple list, we have changed icons for Edge and 3G (yawn). When privacy is on, new text messages appear with "New Text Message", without showing the name of the contact, as before.


September 15, 2008, 1:20 pm

Original unlocked iPhone - significantly faster on 2.1.


September 15, 2008, 1:23 pm

According to my iPhone, it is still fully charged from when I did the update on Friday evening. That doesn't seem right, somehow, but I'm going to keep on using it to find out! Everything seems good, some nice enhancements and generally better performance.

Kashif Bhatti

September 15, 2008, 3:54 pm

Better battery life (I'd say, so far double - from one day to two, with 3G, no bluetooth, and occasional wi-fi), better GPS (google maps loads faster, less hanging), contacts are faster (nearly instant flipping).. thanks Apple.


September 15, 2008, 5:57 pm

love you babe..

gonna try to update & jailbreak it later on today.. wish me luck!

Oliver Levett

September 15, 2008, 11:27 pm

At least Apple have admitted that 2 crashed a bit, and had dodgy reception. And at least you lot have now realised that the iPhone was not as perfect as you made out, although no doubt you'll forget all the issues and crashes as soon as you get to review a WM based device...


September 16, 2008, 12:21 am

@Oliver - which is why updates come out on a regular basis.

We totally stand by our iPhone 3G review incidentally, no sure where you got any other viewpoint from. In fact, it's now looking even better after 2.1 ;)

Oh and why do you think we could "forget all the issues and crashes as soon as you get to review a WM based device..." - hmmmmmmn, I wonder... ;)


September 16, 2008, 1:05 am

Oliver the none believer!

Get him!

Ruffle his hair

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