Apple hopes new software will finally fix iPhone bugs

Apple is attempting to silence critics of its new iPhone with the release of a software patch it hopes will repair constant firmware and signal problems.

Apple is attempting to silence critics of its new iPhone with the release of a software patch it hopes will repair constant firmware and signal problems.

The patch, released late last week by chief executive Steve Jobs, was eagerly anticipated by the 2% of owners who have suffered constant signal drop-outs.

Apple claims the new fix will “decrease in call set-up failures, improve email reliability, fix bugs causing hangs and crashes and improve accuracy of the 3G signal strength display”.

“The 2.1 software update is a big update. It fixes lots of bugs. You’ll get fewer call drops. You will get significantly improved battery life for most customers. We have fixed a lot of bugs,” Jobs says.

The software fix has been well received by technology bloggers. “Pages load much, much faster, and 3G reception seems greatly improved…. pages that used to stall before loading now seem to spring open much more quickly,” a review from infosyncworld.com reports.

Dan Moren from macworld.com says the patch fulfills all of Apple’s promises. “As promised, iTunes backups take substantially less time than they did previously; installing third-party applications is definitely faster, even over 3G; and loading or searching contacts is definitely snappier.”

A review from ismashiphone.com reports: “The new firmware is a must-have for any iPhone/iPod Touch user.”

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