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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. tha5150's Avatar
      tha5150 -
      i am extremely happy with the update but it DOES suck not having my Cydia..

      i woke up this morning, grabbed my cup of joe, sat on my patio and went to hit Cydia icon and look for new things and it wasnt there.
    1. felacio's Avatar
      felacio -
      Tha5150... I feel your pain. Or at least I did. I updated before I went to work yesterday. Got bored at work a couple times and went to click on it and it was like a big hole in my soul. *sniffle*
      But! Jailbreak is working nicely. A couple more notes I've noticed.

      Winterboard "works". Found an odd issue. If you have a theme that has icons larger than the default size. They will be cropped to fit. While this doesn't completely ruin the look of some themes (my favs where Lucid and Reveal). It makes them look... Well. Just not as good.
      Hopefully this can be alleviated.
      Also. Docks is working. w00T.

      About the "3g signal accuracy". Apple... Dude, come on. That sucks! So.. If I was only getting 1-2 bars at home. But now I'm "supposedly" getting 5. Does that mean in a place I was getting 5 bars I should now be getting 25 bars??! Because that would be kinda scary. But cool too. 3g so strong and fast it would simultenously download apps BEFORE I even opened appstore AND microwave me up some popcorn

      UPDATED: ok so. Docks isn't 100%. Apparently if the icon is hidden (by poof or bosspref.) it won't show it. Even if you have "show hidden icons" turned on.
    1. enkur's Avatar
      enkur -
      PwnageTool and QuickPwn for FW 2.1 for Mac is out... man they are fast.
      blog.iphone-dev.org | PwnageTool and QuickPwn for 2.1 Firmware

      just waiting for windows version.
    1. Nefarious's Avatar
      Nefarious -
      Quote Originally Posted by enkur View Post
      PwnageTool and QuickPwn for FW 2.1 for Mac is out... man they are fast.
      blog.iphone-dev.org | PwnageTool and QuickPwn for 2.1 Firmware

      just waiting for windows version.
      wow, that was fast. hopefully the win version will follow shortly.
    1. lostwhiteboyy's Avatar
      lostwhiteboyy -
      Quote Originally Posted by LastSonOfKrypton View Post
      Could you provide a link to their blog? Everyone seems to like 2.1 so I'm itching to upgrade, I just don't want to lose Winterboard. I love my Vista ultiamte theme
      sorry i finally went to sleep last night or this morning! blog.iphone-dev.org the real pwnage and real quickpwn are released!
    1. Daiskei's Avatar
      Daiskei -
      does this new pwnage tool address the cydia apps not showing up/having to delete the cache problem?
    1. tha5150's Avatar
      tha5150 -
      ruh roh... i just sent someone that link.. since they have a mac... i am still on pc so i guess i have to wait too...

      i have now had 3 cups of joe and ready to go!!!!!!!! ziiiiipppppppieeeeeeeeeee
    1. enkur's Avatar
      enkur -
      wish someone would post a custom firmware made from the mac version for us windoze people who cant wait.
    1. ady199's Avatar
      ady199 -
      Quote Originally Posted by enkur View Post
      wish someone would post a custom firmware made from the mac version for us windoze people who cant wait.
      I second that, can someone please help us poor windows users??

      Thanks in advance
    1. mawells787's Avatar
      mawells787 -
      the new and improved reception crap on 2.1 is ********. all of the sudden i have 5bars in my house when i only had 2 so im using the phone im happy now i have a perfect signal yeeea!!! when all of the sudden it switches over to edge i have a perfect signal on 3G how the hell do i get dropped to edge well anyways after a little while it picked up 3G again only this time its not 5bars its back to 2bars in the same spot i just had 5 WTF?????? it seems apple just flashed the signal indicator to show more signal bars then we actually have to shut us up about the complaints. but once the phone looses 3G and reconnects the flash goes away and voulla!!! your back to square 1 before the 2.1 update. i don't know im not a lawyer but i see a lot more lawsuits going to apple and at&t. and i already had 2 dropped calls and apps crash on me weren't all these problems suppose to be fixed on 2.1???
    1. himmatwala's Avatar
      himmatwala -
      Can someone please please upload custom 2.1 firmware for 2G phone.

      Thanks in advance.


      Quote Originally Posted by ady199 View Post
      I second that, can someone please help us poor windows users??

      Thanks in advance
    1. UPA_Knight1's Avatar
      UPA_Knight1 -
      I had 2.0.2 jailbreak, unlock, activated before going to 2.1. When i went to 2.1 I lost my activation and had to downgrade back to 2.0.2. I had to jailbreak and activate 2.0.2 again, and it did so successfully. I did not restore my backup at this point, and instead i decided to go back up to 2.1 (choosing the check for updates from help bar). At this point, the 2.1 upgrade went perfectly fine and i was able to restore all my stuff from my backup file.

      So woohoo!
    1. Dizz's Avatar
      Dizz -
      Quote Originally Posted by BLOWNCO View Post
      i also jailbroke with no problems using this method. but i havent had any problems so far/yet running just as stable and before the jaibreak THANKS BIG BOSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Me either, Cydia hasn't given me any problems at all. I'm on 2.1 jailbroken using big boss's instructions and everything is working flawlessly.

      Quote Originally Posted by vassalle View Post
      congrats for those who manage to JB 2.1. Just a quick ques, do you sync your 2.1 iphone with iTunes 7.7.* right now? How about official apps, are there any problems with that (Assuming you bought it in Itunes 8)? Im still on unlocked 2.1 and no JB. Still reluctant do the uninstall/reinstall thinggie
      After you finish JB'ing your 2.1 you have to switch back to itunes 8.0, I havn't had any problems what so ever with any apps and am really enjoying my jailbroken 2.1 firmware.
    1. q8cba88's Avatar
      q8cba88 -
      please can anyone upload a custom 2.1 firmware for 2G .. 700 partition with cydia , installer and ssh .. please?
    1. kanaya's Avatar
      kanaya -
      Quote Originally Posted by enrigonz View Post
      Did you have T-Zones installed? Does it still work??
      well i upgraded and my tzones is still runing good, but i recommend using the hack that is editing the preferences.plist
    1. Tony_Z's Avatar
      Tony_Z -
      just something I figured out. When going into field test mode (*3001#12344#*) if you swipe your finger across the signal bars it switches from numbers to bars.

      sorry I can't edit from my iPhone but test more is *3001#12345#*
    1. viP4x's Avatar
      viP4x -
      Quote Originally Posted by UPA_Knight1 View Post
      I had 2.0.2 jailbreak, unlock, activated before going to 2.1. When i went to 2.1 I lost my activation and had to downgrade back to 2.0.2. I had to jailbreak and activate 2.0.2 again, and it did so successfully. I did not restore my backup at this point, and instead i decided to go back up to 2.1 (choosing the check for updates from help bar). At this point, the 2.1 upgrade went perfectly fine and i was able to restore all my stuff from my backup file.

      So woohoo!
      How did you do the downgrade? plzzzzz Im stuck
    1. thebug3000's Avatar
      thebug3000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kuhndsn View Post
      follow these instructions from quickpwn...

      i recommend using two computers!!! upgrade one with 8.0 and leave the other on 7.7... its much easier thn messing around with installing and uninstalling itunes....

      You must install iTunes 8 first, so if you don't have iTunes 8 download or update to it right now.
      People you do not, i repeat you do not need to update to iTunes 8 to update unless its different on a MAC, If you are on 7.7 use itunes 7.7 to update it will work, it worked perfectly on my 2g phone on pc, just letting everyone know to avoid all that work....

      I messed up with my removing of the MobileInstallation.framework folder however i can still get to my phone from disk aid, can someone copy their MobileInstallation.framework folder and send it to me please or post a link to where i can get a copy please

      thanks in advance
    1. ExTrEmE99's Avatar
      ExTrEmE99 -
      Does SSH Not work anymore?
    1. frobroj's Avatar
      frobroj -
      Anyone having problems with reception going to squat? I just upgraded to 2.1 with pwnage tool. My buddy dropped the phone but it was about 2 feet and didn't even scratch it. I'm hoping its just the 2.1 software. If it doesnt improve I guess I'll roll back to 2.0.2. Anyone else with this kind of issue?

      Thanks All!!

      Went back to factory 2.1 and the bars are back..Guess I'll have to try again...
      thanks!

      Dang it. Used the pwnagetool and it did the same thing again. Guess I'll download a different base image. Doh!

      WOW I am one big dumb animal!!! I forgot to uncheck the "activate" selection... Now I have service...

      But an interesting thing happened after that. I brought up the phone and selected restore from backup on itunes and the phone would start restoring from backup and then would restart and would come up to a pineapple(with a spinning hourglass on top of it) and just sit there and vibrate every 15 seconds. It was hosed. I tried this several times(6 gruelling times) and finally I got the bright idea to install as many of the apps and themes that I had had installed at the time of the backup. VOILA!! That did it.
      Weird but it worked. Thank God!!!