iPhone 2.1 Is Here! Where Is Push Support?

September 13, 2008 by Ryan Ray 

Friday finally came and as you all know, or I hope you knew, Apple did release the new 2.1 software for the iPhone. The iPod Touch got the software first when it was updated this last Tuesday at their “Let’s Rock” event. It was obvious that it had to come to the iPhone, and Steve Jobs said it would be coming but on Friday. True to his word the update came, people installed it, and nothing was of big news except the EDGE and 3G logo had changed. Wahooo right? So what did this update really entail, and why are people a little let down? Let’s sit in a circle and talk about it, shall we.

First things first, I finally updated my iPhone as I slept last night. So as of right now I haven’t experienced but half of the fixes this bad boy included. Here are the listed fixes that Apple has given to us…

- 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, notably 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 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

So with all of that I will once again give you what I’ve found out so far, straight up. I will tell you that the speed of everything they fixed is really there. My text messages aren’t sluggish, they keyboard is responsive and so is anything I tap on. Apps launch much quicker and are much more responsive. The iTunes backup process has definitely got better. I was timing mine and it was around halfway done after 1 minute and done roughly after 2 minutes. I’m sure that’s just since it’s recently backed up, but that is DEFINITELY faster than 8 hours or more. The contacts do load faster, it’s not just a placebo. I don’t use the contact search too often but I do hope that’s improved as well. The thing I noticed the most was the email reliability and speed. I have my mail setup as IMAP because it syncs it across everything, but it was definitely smoother and my computer and phone got the message at the same time when I sent a message to myself.

I can definitely say though that I’m going to be disappointed if this was the update that push support was supposed to come in. Apple said it was coming in September, so as of now it’s either been delayed or is coming in another update soon. All in all though who can complain about the improvements in this update. It didn’t really add any awesome features like copy & paste, but I do like the Genius playlist creation ability. I had a few smart playlist setup to do the same thing, so I’ve already got rid of them, haha. I’m also still waiting on that sweet turn by turn app. GPS is awesome but even more so with something like TomTom! I know your a busy company Apple, but give us customers what we are asking for.

It’s like I said though this update is very welcome to my iPhone. I might have had my hopes up a little bit on things like navigation and push support, but I still my faith in Apple’s promise. They’ve said these things are coming. I just don’t like waiting such a long time. Now it’s your turn to voice your opinion. What have you experienced with this update? I’m testing out the new battery life improvements today. Wifi and 3G are on all day so we’ll see what happens. Thanks for reading!

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2 Responses to “iPhone 2.1 Is Here! Where Is Push Support?”

  1. Bud on September 14th, 2008 1:08 pm

    I think the main speed up is simply because it chooses NOT to back up your apps each time.

    Three experiments that need to be done, that I have not seen done yet, as apple web sites post more questions than answers these days

    after your most recent backup (for most of us that will be the 2.1 upgrade)…

    Go into all your apps that alter or save data, and add more data or change them. Play a game and save it. How many apps did you change? Sync iPhone. What happened and how long did it take.

    Remove all your apps, either via iTunes or on the phone itself (poof!) then sync them back on (you will probably lose app data this way, so be aware) How much memory did these apps represent (choose big ones)? How long did the sync take to add those apps, per megabyte.

    Try buying an app on the phones app store, a habit most of us avoid because of behavior of earlier versions of 2.0. See how long sync takes.

    Remove ten or so apps, Note the amount of

  2. Ryan Ray on September 14th, 2008 11:15 pm

    Great points there Bud,

    Perhaps I can get around to this experiment some day soon. Thanks for the idea, and for the comment!

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