Apple releases 2.1 firmware for iPod touch; iPhone 2.1 due Friday

“The 2.1 firmware update may be the most critical update for the iPhone yet,” Christian Zibreg reports for TG Daily.

“The update is already available for the iPod touch and is expected to be posted for the iPhone on Friday. According to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the 2.1 update addresses “lots of bugs” and finally fixes 3G the iPhone 3G’s connectivity issues such as dropped calls,” Zibreg reports.

“Apple clearly pitches games, the application store, the Genius playlist feature and Nike + iPod support as the main features of the iPod touch 2.1 firmware. However, there is also support for 17 languages, 30 international keyboard layouts and 19 dictionaries. There is a scientific calculator, the integrated App Store, MobileMe and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support as well as voice recording functionality, which requires Apple’s new $80 earphones that come with a remote and microphone,” Zibreg reports.

“A bug that caused crashes and unexpectedly shut down applications has been fixed,” Zibreg reports.

“The iPhone version of the 2.1 firmware is scheduled to become available this Friday,” Zibreg reports. “Jobs specifically said the 2.1 iPhone firmware will result in ‘fewer dropped calls’ [and] deliver ‘big battery life improvements.'”

Full article here.

Charlie Sorrel gives “Hands-On with the iPod Touch 2.1 Update” for Wired here.

20 Comments

  1. Totally lame article and not even worth reading. It lists all the stuff that came out n the 2.0 software as if it only just came out yesterday in the 2.1 software. Stupid or dishonest, take your pick.

    Also, the iPod does support 17 languages, but it still only halfway supports mine, ENGLISH. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. I don’t understand why things can’t be ready when Steve Jobs announces them! This event has been planned for weeks, if not months, and they still needed 3 more days to get the iPhone 2.1 update out? And since when do “bug fixes” = an update worth talking about with such fanfare? What’s going on Apple??

  3. “I don’t understand why things can’t be ready when Steve Jobs announces them! This event has been planned for weeks, if not months, and they still needed 3 more days to get the iPhone 2.1 update out? And since when do “bug fixes” = an update worth talking about with such fanfare? What’s going on Apple??”

    @NewYorkRules
    Maybe Apple learned from their past mistake of releasing the iPhone 3G, 2.0 firmware for iPhone 2G/iPod Touch AND the MobileMe updates the same day.

    Apple released QuickTime and iTunes updates as well as the iPod Touch firmware update. The iPhone 2.1 update will be in much higher demand because iPhone users are experiencing more problems than iPod touch users. This gives Apple 3 days to make sure they have the server load under control before the torrent of iPhone customers start downloading their updates.

    It shows Apple is learning.

  4. Can’t wait for the lamer “teh aPpLzoers fanbois won’t complain about teh bUgZors in iPhone, but if the Best Selling smartphone were from Ballmer and co, we ‘d be on it like white on rice”.

    On thing I’ve learned, after spending a decade in the hardware service industry, is that NO ONE is harder on Apple than Mac users.

    On the other hand?

    The best that the MS sycophants can do is yell “Just wait!!! In 5 years we’ll be just as good!”.

    Apple’s a moving target, ‘Dozers, and catching up with 5 year old tech “ain’t good enough”.

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  5. Looks like Apple posted the update a day early. It is available for download right now through the itunes Store. The download for me is 239.6 Mb. If you have a slow connection plan for the extra time for this to take.

    For me while the Genius update is rather cool, I find having enough stability that Apps don’t crash all the time is well worth the entry ticket.

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