Chances are the next time you tether your iPhone to your PC or Mac, you’re handset will be hungry for the latest firmware. Version 2.1 became available this morning although it didn’t automatically appear for me when I connected my phone. A quick button click addressed that issue and the large firmware file was on the way. Some of the higher impact updates include:
- 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 apps.
- Fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes for most users with lots of third party apps.
- Improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display.
- Genius playlist creation.
My iTunes inner Genius is still adding zero value, so I won’t likely see benefit from the last bit. Funny that Apple has no issue recommending purchases with the Genius, but can’t build a playlist for me. All that music purchased from Amazon wouldn’t have anything to do with it, right? ;)
Regardless of your mobile handset of choice, there’s one effort I see from Apple that clearly eclipses most of the market right now: a higher frequency of firmware updates to address issues. You could argue that some of these issues shouldn’t be there to begin with, and I’d agree. However, no platform is perfect and I’d rather see updates every month or two as opposed to updates once every year.