iPhone Firmware 2.1 Released: Many Bug Fixes and Improvements [Updated]

iPhone Firmware 2.1

Apple has released iPhone 2.1 firmware (Build 5F136) through iTunes this morning as promised by Steve Jobs during Apple’s Special event earlier this week.

The release notes surprisingly has a lot more details this time round and claims many bug fixes and improvements.

You can get all the details of iPhone firmware 2.1 after the jump.

The release notes lists many bug fixes and improvements in iPhone firmware 2.1 for iPhone and are mentioned below:

  • decrease in call set-up failures and call drops
  • significantly improve battery life for most users
  • dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes
  • improve email reliability, notable fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
  • faster installation of 3rd party applications
  • fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes if you have lots of 3rd party applications
  • improved performance of 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

iPhone firmware 2.1 also includes quite a few security fixes including the security flaw that was discovered by iPhone expert in iPhone firmware 2.0.2.

If you have jailbroken and/or unlocked your iPhone then updating your iPhone with the latest firmware is not recommended at least until the iPhone Dev Team have not released the latest version of their Pwnage Tool which can hack iPhone firmware 2.1.

The iPhone Dev Team had reported that thier Pwnage tool worked with iPhone firmware 2.1 (beta 1), however we will need to wait and see if it works with this version.

You can download the latest firmware directly through iTunes.

One of our readers, bazza, who tipped us about the availability of the update, seems to have hit some issues upgrading to iPhone firmware 2.1 but was able to get things working after restoring the iPhone with the latest iPhone firmware third time round.

He reports:

"well everythings fine 3rd time around, much snappier seems more like the speed of the old 1.1.4 firmware, no lag like there was…"

Thanks bazza for the tip and for all the updates.

Update 1:

  • Some iPhone users are reporting improved reception.
  • The screen shot feature now makes a camera shutter noise.
  • You can now pause iPhone app downloads by tapping on them.
  • If you update the iPhone apps from the iPhone, they now stay in the same spot they were put in before they were updated.

Update 2:

  • You can now triple-click the mic button on the iPhone earbuds to go to the previous song (Steve Jobs had mentioned this during Apple’s Special Event on Tuesday).
  • A minor change: The Edge icon which was a square with an E inside has changed, its now a floating E (thanks Michael).

Folks, please do let us know how it goes.

[via Mac Rumors]

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