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iPhone update improves camera, Wi-Fi

updated 01:45 pm EDT, Thu August 23, 2007

iPhone update surprises

Apple's latest iPhone software update appears to repair camera issues and improve wireless performance, according to various owners of the cellular handset. Apple said the update included unspecified bug fixes, but those fixes are making some iPhone owners extremely happy. "My Wi-Fi reception is definitely better," said one forum poster cited by Computerworld. "While in my office, I have never been able to connect to the wifi hub in the conference room down the hall [but after the update] I was surprised that the Edge connection seemed faster, until I realized I was connected to the wifi hub with two bars."

"For me, this is a huge issue, as I was preparing to try to deal with whatever hassle it would take to get the wifi connection extended to my office area," the user wrote.

"Wifi reception and connection is much improved," said another forum poster on the same message board thread. "The phone works better. Some places I had problems with before now work like a charm."

Other users suggest the update could boost Web surfing performance via Safari on the iPhone, and others say cellular phone reception has also improved. Many iPhone users insist that the camera has undergone drastic improvement, no longer blurring the live video preview with the sweep of a hand across the camera lens.

"Before even small hand movements would blur the screen really easily," said a different forum poster. "But now it seems to have much higher refresh rate or some kind of stability enacted."




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  1. patniemeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    No difference in refresh.

    I happen to have two iPhones here - one updated and one not. I don't see a difference - but I made a video so that you can check yourself. The one on the right is the 1.0.1 phon.

    http://iphreak.com/iphonecam1.mov http://iphreak.com/iphonecam2.mov

    - Pat

  1. drole.homme

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    oh yeah

    My phone is soooo much better. The earpiece is louder and I can pic up wireless where I couldn't in my apartment. The camera thing, yeah not so much.

  1. DRuth086

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Secure Wireless

    I have been thinking about getting the iPhone ever since it came out and I guess I was wondering if anyone could answer whether or not it can connect to secure wireless connections that require a password. I am a college student and we have wireless throughout campus but it requires my student id and password to be typed in if it were used on a computer. Thanks for any information.

  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re:secure wireless

    Had no problem connecting an iPhone to our WPA-protected network in the office. I've heard some express issues with WEP-protected networks, though. I would hope your campus would use WPA, as WEP is fairly trivial to crack.

  1. mjs975s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    no campus access

    @druth

    The short answer is no :( Unfortunately, Apple dropped the ball on this one. Most campuses use EAP, LEAP or PEAP which were developed by Cisco to use 802.1X authentication over WiFi. If your campus is like mine, you normally log in with your private id and password and it authenticates you that way there is no generic campus wide password. Numerous bug reports have been filed with Apple because this is the way large corporate wifi works as well. It was a huge oversight considering every other WIFI device out there supports 802.1X authentication.

  1. DRuth086

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Campus Access

    The only problem is that I hear that you have to also authenticate the device with the security tool that we use to verify that our computers are up to date and virus free, which the iphone can't do because it can't install software of this type.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iPhone update 1.0.2

    They must have optimized the code and cut some out because mine must be a few ounces lighter now!

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Audio attachments

    You still cannot play audio attachments in mail, which is disappointing.

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