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  • Iphone Firmware 2.1 - Grab it While It's Hot

    The iPhone 2.1 software update contains many bug fixes and improvements. To get it, connect your iPhone to your computer using iTunes 8 and click Check for Update.

    Update includes:

    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

    You can find the update in itunes and we'll have it here shortly: (Thanks to Raxxal for the links)

    Here you can get the new updates:

    For 3G Iphone

    For 2G Iphone

    MMI Note: If you have a jailbroken phone or if your phone is unlocked.....DO NOT UPDATE....until we get word from the Devs
    *First generation users - if you upgrade in iTunes you will lose your jailbreak, but retain your unlock/activation due to the baseband not changing. If you restore, you will lose your jailbreak AND activation but remain unlocked.

    Note to 3G Users - If you upgrade in iTunes to 2.1 and have intelliscreen installed (or other programs that modify your com.apple.springboard.plist you WILL get the Spinning Wheel of Death after you upgrade and have to restore.

    Quickpwn/Winpwn/Pwnage DO NOT WORK on this new firmware yet.

    Thanks to Reeko for posting it in the Iphone Talk Section
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Iphone Firmware 2.1 - Grab it While It's Hot started by .:MirrorminD:. View original post
    Comments 372 Comments
    1. yagami's Avatar
      yagami -
      aw crap, I Don't know whats wrong, but after installing any app that requires me to restart the Springboard wiht Cydia the Phone crashes and after a force restart its stuck at loading screen (ussually apple logo now my own custom one)

      I've So far Isolated the problem to the Installation of any app that requires Cydia to restart the springboard, but stil, no good.

      ok, just finished another try and it crashes If I uninstall also...
    1. thebug3000's Avatar
      thebug3000 -
      you guys won't believe what the hell i just been through

      I just tried jailbreaking at the link below

      iPhone News & Review Blog Archive 2.1 2g and 3g Jailbreak

      Now after everything right at the end i mistakenly removed my mobileinstallation folder and my phone couldn't boot i tried installing the custom patch and it wasn't doing nada, so i then removed the custom patch and used my girlfriends phone copied the mobileinstallion folder from her 2g 2.0.2 phone, i am using a 2g phone btw, and to my surprise, it work, i am now using a unlocked, activated, jailbroken 2.1 phone

      strange but true
      cydia is working fine, installer is working, winter board is running smooth, cycorder is running nicely

      sweet, thats all i gotta say for now,

      P.S. this has to be the weirdest update ive ever done
    1. albior's Avatar
      albior -
      I just upgraded a clean 3G running 2.02, never JB, to 2.1... Which took all night, to get the infamous no music/spacetaken anyway bug... Hurrah... I guess I'll have to restore and upgrade again? Reception seems slower than before the upgrade, despite the new 3G logo LOL , and where is that 3 buzz mail notice option???
    1. moby2112's Avatar
      moby2112 -
      What happened to the turn by turn navigation?
    1. Tweetix's Avatar
      Tweetix -
      Hey folks, I'm having a little issue with this new FW update from Apple. Although it fixes a lot of bugs and issue, I guess it created a new one... my Bluetooth isn't working. It's not picking up my jawbone earpiece that i've been using for months. If anyone else out there is having the same issue and have found a way to fix it, please let me know, this is aggrevating. Thank You.
    1. thebug3000's Avatar
      thebug3000 -

      I again tried the patch mobileinstallation file on my phone using diskaid, reason: my installer crashes whenever i try to install an app

      I didnt remove the entire folder this time, [plus i backed up] i removed the file placed the patched file, rebooted the phone and it did'nt work, i got the apple logo and the cart wheel of death, i placed back the mobileinstalation file from my GF's phone [she is running 2g 2.0.2 jailbrokeen unlocked and activated] and it worked like a charm,

      just putting this out there, cause the patch didnt work for me, but cydia works fine and everything else

      anyone trying to jailbreak, make sure to back up your mobile installation folder before trying any patches, cause that file might be you fail safe

      good luck fellas
    1. alantoo's Avatar
      alantoo -
      so far i likes. much quicker. i have had a few crashes while running apps and games but maybe will get better.

      this is finally an upgrade worth making. what 2.0 should have been in the first place
    1. antiflash's Avatar
      antiflash -
      can someone with a mac post a JB'd and PWN'd FW image? it would be much appreciated as I just ebayed my macbook in anticipation of the new ones in october. i'm feeling a little cutoff as I have no mac and a stock 2.1 iphone
      Gracias in advance
    1. iphoneee's Avatar
      iphoneee -
      2.1.. Sounds interesting..
    1. jamesgrenard's Avatar
      jamesgrenard -
      Mine won't restore!!

      Keep getting error messages...help?


    1. aayman_farzand's Avatar
      aayman_farzand -
      Quote Originally Posted by jamesgrenard View Post
      Mine won't restore!!

      Keep getting error messages...help?


      restart pc and iphone, then kill the Ituneshelper process and then try to restore
    1. danw217's Avatar
      danw217 -
      This questions was asked like 10 pages ago... but i don't see an answer yet...

      The Firmware 2.1 states that it now has the ability to repeat alerts for text/voicemail messages. This doesn't seem to be working on its own, and i cannot find an option to enable this feature.... Does it really exist, or did they screw up and leave it out of this update?
    1. jamesgrenard's Avatar
      jamesgrenard -
      Quote Originally Posted by aayman_farzand View Post
      restart pc and iphone, then kill the Ituneshelper process and then try to restore
      I ended up getting past the error messages after a good 100 tries of restoring..now I'm just stuck at the apple main screen with it vibrating every few seconds and a spinning wheel
    1. albior's Avatar
      albior -
      2 days after upgrading to 2.1 on a non-JB 3G:
      -back up takes 3-4min!!!
      -backup+restore 10min flat
      -installing apps on the go is FAST too
      -keyboard ain't lagging anymore although haven't tried with multiple languages yet.
      -no more lag upon opening Contacts.
      -formerly great 3g coverage in Tokyo is now suspicious, but that might come from the carrier settings update.
      -I don't like iTunes 8...
    1. aayman_farzand's Avatar
      aayman_farzand -
      Quote Originally Posted by jamesgrenard View Post
      I ended up getting past the error messages after a good 100 tries of restoring..now I'm just stuck at the apple main screen with it vibrating every few seconds and a spinning wheel
      huh? thats weird. I guess the only things you can try now are, put the iphone in DFU mode, then try the restore again or, use a USB port, PC, or user account.

      I went through hell yesterday trying to get cfw on my iphone. I faced the same problems as you and the Shift-Restore trick was not working. Eventually I was trying something totally new, but before I could finish that, Shift-Restore worked and I somehow installed cfw on my iphone
    1. ahreckon's Avatar
      ahreckon -
      for all of you with 3Gs

      I'd like to report another successful update from pwned 2.0.2 to pwned 2.1

      Simple, easy, done...

      -no more text delay,

      -(not noticing quicker app launches) although never really had a problem in the first place.

      -3 bars of G in my office when I had ZERO yesterday

      - new 3G and E icons are cute and adorable

      - my MIM hacks Carrier logo, and banner name stayed (interesting)

      -Boss Preffs numerical battery also stayed.. (also interesting)

      - as expected lost all cydia and installer, installed apps but thanks to my newfound 3 bars of 3G reception in my office, I can reinstall everything withought having to do it at home :-)

      anyone noticing not a lot of themes arent working with winterboard?

      snapture crashes too :-(
    1. blahxblitzed's Avatar
      blahxblitzed -
      fyi for my sms app it still lags to load. and i still see some lag in contacts loading, faster, but still slow.

      another thing i noticed as a change i dont know if its itunes or the 2.1 but now the bar at the bottom when you sync now shows the size taked by apps. then color is green
    1. mbaharvard's Avatar
      mbaharvard -
      Quote Originally Posted by ahreckon View Post
      for all of you with 3Gs

      anyone noticing not a lot of themes arent working with winterboard?

      snapture crashes too :-(
      I believe the former is fixed (last night by Saurik) but - YES - Snapture is dead right now!

      Quote Originally Posted by tha5150 View Post
      what was all this about intelliscreen and updating to 2.1?

      i have/had intelliscreen on 2.02 and currently updating.. but someone wrote i would see the circle of death if it was installed during update..

      someone fill me in please..

      also, do i HAVE to be JB to use intelliscreen?
      I doubt that would happen (no Circle of Death - Maybe the SWOD, but if installing anything gives me the COD, I'm outta here)! But, YES, you have to be JB'ed to use Intelliscreen and Intelliscreen needs to be updated along with Snapture to work with 2.1. I get Intelliscreen to start at boot-up, but after a lock action, it is no longer displaying the screens. Snapture just plain crashes.
    1. tom q's Avatar
      tom q -
      I'm running 1.1.4 jailbroken with all the nice aps. I understand I lose all the aps if I upgrade.

      Is there a way to put at least my ringtones and sms tones back in the phone without buying it fom itunes?
    1. tattoojack's Avatar
      tattoojack -
      anyone need a mac created 3G or 1st gen custom firmware, pm me.
      please specify if you have at&t or tmobile, 1st gen or 3G