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August 15, 2008

iphone 3g dropped called and poor performance … fix coming?

Filed under: iphone — perivision @ 12:12 am
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Everyone has been talking about it, and I’m one of those guys who can personally attest, the iphone 3G is just not as good as the first one. I’ve ranted about this before, and have even stopped using the 3G because it is simply not worth the hassle.

Well, seems like we may get a fix … we may … someday.

from appleinsider..

“The most recent report on the problem arrived Thursday courtesy of BusinessWeek’s Peter Burrows, who cited “two well-placed sources” as saying the reception issues are tied to the iPhone’s Infineon chip and will be addressed via an upcoming software update — likely iPhone Software v2.1 — rather than through a more disruptive step, such as a product recall.” … “BusinessWeek added that the problems have been isolated to high density areas such as Boston, the San Francisco Bay area, and several locales overseas. The reason the problems are just now manifesting is due to the increasing number of activations with each additional day the iPhone 3G is on the market, the report claims.

“Two sources say Apple will likely issue a software update by the end of September—if not by the end of this month—to resolve the issues,” Burrows wrote. “Apple and Infineon are currently testing the fix, which will be included in a broader update of the iPhone’s software.”

There are other issues, but if the problem is a weak chip, then I wonder just how far they can take this fix? I would love to see the specs and how they are going to change it. Clearly lowering the discovered traffic availability is a help, but if a poor antenna is the problem, then yes you can re-tune to help, but I do not think you can set that in firmware. If this is going to come out in a month, then I would guess the specs will be out in two weeks… and I will be watching for it..


August 5, 2008

new OS update iphone 2.0.1

Filed under: iphone — perivision @ 2:22 am
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iPhone OS update 2.0.1 came out today. So being a risky kind a guy, I installed and tested and here are my results.

First off, as an winXP user, and full itunes hater (is it slow or did it crash again), I had to wait FAR too long for the download. Ave 650byte/s. Hey, I have high speed here… Lets get this cracking eh? BTW, we are talking over 200megs of changes here. If you do not have high speed, get some coffee. Everything is automatic, so once it starts updating, done mess with itunes or the iphone.

Things feel a bit snappier, but then again, a fresh load, kinda like when you reload windows. 🙂 We’ll see. I’m going to take a walk to check out the GPS, wifi pickup, and 3G. Also, I’m going to keep an eye out for the dreaded textfield lockup.

Ok, so far, everything seems to be working ok. The GPS at my home has moved a few inches, but eh. Walking around the lake, the error seems to keep around 10′ north on ave. Same as before.

Icons got moved around. Another, ‘eh..’

Well this is new. When hold down on an icon, ONLY that icon is offered to be deleted. Wait, this seems to be inconsistent. Hmm.. Only happened once.. Odd..

You can now move icons between pages.

Hey! Cache reload on Safari is MUCH faster! YEEAAA!!! App store seems faster too.

Still cannot access iTunes store via 3g. No biggie.

That is odd. Send an SMS, press the home button and you are taken to the phone app. Press again and then you are home. Hmmm… Only tried this once though.

Ok. So I’ve played with it for a bit, tried all the major functions and everything seems good. Loading the address book is still a hair slow, but acceptable. I even got a few contact images back. 🙂 So my final recommendation is go head and install. The feeling I had with V1 where the OS operation felt good and as Steve Jobs would say, looks right, feels right. The biggest improvement is the textfield. Not one stall…. so far. Course, with OS and application garbage collection, it might take a few days to see if the OS goes unstable… and, yea, I’ll scream if that is the case.