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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. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gorduxo View Post
      great! no i have an unlocked but UNACTIVATED 1st gen iphone! yes i did update, not restore!

      anyone? help?

      `!!!`!гргргрг (i think yall know what i mean)
      Everyone in this thread that successfully did an upgrade to 2.1 on their 2G phone and retained your unlock/activation please confirm or deny.
    1. oscar25's Avatar
      oscar25 -
      Wondering how the "genius" playlist feature works with music that isn't purchased form itunes. For instance at least half of my music collection is live music that I either recorded myself or got from someone who did. I do have it all tagged and what not so wondering how it treats those songs. Or how about all my CDs that I ripped into itunes?

      One other thing I noticed when updating to itunes 8 with regard to album artwork. I had artwork for ALL of the albums in itunes before version 8 and after upgrading I lost a bunch of artwork and itunes doesn't find it when I click on get album artwork. Guess I'll need to go get it manually again.

      Edit: I guess this should go in the itunes 8 thread, sorry.
    1. enkur's Avatar
      enkur -
      I googled the feature and it seems you have to add the lyrics to your songs in iTunes and when you sync the iphone it downloads the lyrics and plays them with the song. here is a guide on how to do it
      How to - Getting song lyrics on the iPhone

      Quote Originally Posted by FTBoomer View Post
      Well then how does one turn it on because it doen't work for me.
    1. gorduxo's Avatar
      gorduxo -
      well...you guessed: DIDN'T WORK HERE! At least i can still receive calls...
    1. thebug3000's Avatar
      thebug3000 -
      Wait on the devs you guys dont update

      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Everyone in this thread that successfully did an upgrade to 2.1 on their 2G phone and retained your unlock/activation please confirm or deny.
      A few people are having trouble updating while others are successful but not jail broken, im tempted, but im waiting on the devs
    1. todesto's Avatar
      todesto -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      This has been a feature since 2.0.0
      It was supported since 1.1.4
    1. iphnct's Avatar
      iphnct -
      Hi had 2G iPhone 2.0 firmware jailbroken and unlocked with devteam pwnage tool and did "Update" to 2.1 with iTunes 8 on a PC:

      iPhone works fine on 2.1, still unlocked. Except I have lost Cydia and 3rd party apps. I will plan on putting Cydia back as soon as the new tool is ready from devteam.

      I am happy to report that the lag is greatly reduced (For now...Hopefully it will last). It used to take me like 4 seconds to go to SMS or settings.
    1. andyjoneski's Avatar
      andyjoneski -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphnct View Post
      Hi had 2G iPhone 2.0 firmware jailbroken and unlocked with devteam pwnage tool and did "Update" to 2.1 with iTunes 8 on a PC:

      iPhone works fine on 2.1, still unlocked. Except I have lost Cydia and 3rd party apps. I will plan on putting Cydia back as soon as the new tool is ready from devteam.

      I am happy to report that the lag is greatly reduced (For now...Hopefully it will last). It used to take me like 4 seconds to go to SMS or settings.
      Sounds great that you have lost the lag !!! so just updated yeah ? hmm i may try it or wait and see what more people have to say. Although its not my phone so i dont want to ruin it for my mate.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by todesto View Post
      It was supported since 1.1.4
      2.0.0, 1.1.4, who's keeping track, anyways? :P
    1. esko032's Avatar
      esko032 -
      uhmmmm i have the spinning wheel and the phone wont enter dfu mode what do i do?
    1. aayman_farzand's Avatar
      aayman_farzand -
      Any words from the devs yet? I'll upgrade my iphone to 2.1 if devs can jailbreak it soon. I can live without Cydia and Installer for a couple of days or a week or 2.

      Question: While upgrading via itunes, if i somehow lose my internet connection, will I face any problems?
    1. Tony_Z's Avatar
      Tony_Z -
      I have a 2g 8gig 2.0.2. quickpwnd jailbroke, unlocked and activated on T-Mobile.
      Downloaded firmware 2.1 - 20 mins.
      I didn't put my iphone in DFU mode, I left it in the lock screen.
      clicked 'Update'
      iPhone Backup - 9:19am-9:34am
      Updated firmware and restarted itself.
      Lost cydia and related apps.
      Kept ipod videos, camera roll pictures, photo library pictures, contacts, sms messages, calendar entries, EDGE settings, mail settings, maps bookmarks, youtube still works, every stock app settings stayed.
      Everything works well.

      Edit Poseidon: Thank you
    1. Shinner23's Avatar
      Shinner23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tony_Z View Post
      I have a 2g 8gig 2.0.2. quickpwnd jailbroke, unlocked and activated on T-Mobile.
      Downloaded firmware 2.1 - 20 mins.
      I didn't put my iphone in DFU mode, I left it in the lock screen.
      clicked 'Update'
      iPhone Backup - 9:19am-9:34am
      Updated firmware and restarted itself.
      Lost cydia and related apps.
      Kept ipod videos, camera roll pictures, photo library pictures, contacts, sms messages, calendar entries, EDGE settings, mail settings, maps bookmarks, youtube still works, every stock app settings stayed.
      Everything works well.
      That's reassuring-same as me, except i have a 16gb.
    1. thebug3000's Avatar
      thebug3000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tony_Z View Post
      I have a 2g 8gig 2.0.2. quickpwnd jailbroke, unlocked and activated on T-Mobile.
      Downloaded firmware 2.1 - 20 mins.
      I didn't put my iphone in DFU mode, I left it in the lock screen.
      clicked 'Update'
      iPhone Backup - 9:19am-9:34am
      Updated firmware and restarted itself.
      Lost cydia and related apps.
      Kept ipod videos, camera roll pictures, photo library pictures, contacts, sms messages, calendar entries, EDGE settings, mail settings, maps bookmarks, youtube still works, every stock app settings stayed.
      Everything works well.
      im guessing i gonna loose my cycorder videos right???
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Here is what I have after several hours of putting the phone through the test on 2.1.

      First I tested on a 2G Unlocked/JB w/quickpwn 2.0.2

      I upgraded through iTunes. I did not select restore because I wnted to see if I could keep some of the aps from cydia.

      When I was done I sync'ed the phone and restored my backup. everything restored except:

      Installer/Cydia---and the software I had installed from both repo's...
      (Bummer) But I knew this was going to happen prior.

      Test #1

      absolutley zero increase with the cell reception. Well at least none to get excited about....

      2.0.1 signal test docking station
      -81
      Off docking station was -88
      I am not sure but I believe the docking station works as a small booster...

      2.1 On the docking station:
      -80
      off the docking station was -85

      A small increase but none worth measuring in my book. I wasnt to suprised because I believe the fix was just a soft fix for the 3g hardware chip.

      NEXT TEST--- BATTERY LIFE

      I love my iPhone but at the end of the day...its my phone and the #1 use...

      --With the phone in call @ -95db (FULL BAR -100db is the best reception). It ran for 6hrs and 2 min... I did this test in 45 min intervals... No reaso except I did not want to run the battery that hot for 6 cont... hrs....

      With 2.0.1 and 1.1.4 I had the incall time at 5hrs and 57 min.

      During the incall test the bluetooth/wifi were off!


      for the drop call test... I did not do... its a 2G and I never had the issue before... But I can say that 2.1 doesnt either...

      The software...hmmmmm welllll

      Ok not much I was hoping for a2dp support for the bluetooth.... oh well perhaps with a hack... anyone anyone? :-)

      The "Genius" playlist and sound effects etc...

      GREAT pretty kewl but...this option is not essential nor will most people use this after a few times messing with it....

      Overall if you have a 3g with all the mad problems then...UPGRADE NOW... My friends phone is now up to the same standards as my 2g.. Only mine is metal and runs cooler... (did I mention mine is better? lmao love the 2g)

      IF YOU OWN A 2G... This is a great update BUT....Ugrade AFTER the PWNAGE is available... Not worth losing your custom apps such as iCommander and Winterboard.

      Take all this with as strickly my preferance but bottom line my recommendation comes from..

      Phone 1st
      the rest second

      With that said 2g on 2.0.2 is working perfect...(for me) so second takes priority with my decision.... Winterboard ;-)

      However, If your iPhone is suffering then upgrade..(NOT RESTORE YOU WILL LOOSE YOUR ACTIVATION)
      ________________________

      I am back on 2.0.2 with all my custom needs..

      DFU - RESTORE to pwn 2.0.2 then synced with my profile from yesterday and all was back...

      --MMI have a great weekend! headed to the Alps for a little fun..;-) Yet another thing the iPhone cant do..lol

      D-OUT

      No no really... Thank you I insist....
    1. andyjoneski's Avatar
      andyjoneski -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tony_Z View Post
      I have a 2g 8gig 2.0.2. quickpwnd jailbroke, unlocked and activated on T-Mobile.
      Downloaded firmware 2.1 - 20 mins.
      I didn't put my iphone in DFU mode, I left it in the lock screen.
      clicked 'Update'
      iPhone Backup - 9:19am-9:34am
      Updated firmware and restarted itself.
      Lost cydia and related apps.
      Kept ipod videos, camera roll pictures, photo library pictures, contacts, sms messages, calendar entries, EDGE settings, mail settings, maps bookmarks, youtube still works, every stock app settings stayed.
      Everything works well.

      Sounds as if apple have decided to leave the old 2G iphone alone, and focus more on the 3G one, unless............. the havent updated the modem firmware? hmmmm questionable.
    1. Jazz2k8's Avatar
      Jazz2k8 -
      ok before i make any attempts... i own a iphone 3g now... 2.0.2 jailbroken (legit contract with o2-uk so not fussed about the unlock..)..

      Am i supposed to hit the "Update" button OR do i manually "Restore" the firmware which i have downloaded already? lol surely it doesn't matter either way as im going to loose the 3rd party apps & jailbreak hack on my iphone..

      Oh and is it possible to backup all installer repo sources iv manually inserted..? if so .. how???

      and is it possible to backup all applications or a list of applications iv downloaded with installer.app and cydia.app?

      Just so it makes life a lot easier in near future in getting the same apps back on the phone...

      cheers!
    1. dooley19's Avatar
      dooley19 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wilkcards View Post
      I just noticed SONG LYRICS pop up on the screen. This was unexpected!

      actually this been out since 1.1.3
    1. ltsmash's Avatar
      ltsmash -
      My 2.0.1 phone shows lyrics if I single tap the screen. I use GimmieSomeTune to automatically find lyrics and artwork.
    1. cparzianello's Avatar
      cparzianello -
      That's cool, but i think i'm not going to update my Pwnage'd 2g iPhone till the Devs give us their word....
      although, iTunes is really getting on my nerves when i sinc my iPhone...
      does anyone else is having the same problem?
      it connects and disconnects many times while sincing... and keeps showing errors,
      really weard.