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iPhone 2.0.1 firmware already in testing?

updated 09:15 am EDT, Tue July 15, 2008

iPhone 2.0.1 in testing?

Apple may already have the next iteration of iPhone firmware in late development, web traffic indicates. Data analyzed from server logs shows a minority of references to iPhones running firmware titled v2.0.1, instead of the normal v2.0 available preloaded or as an iTunes upgrade. The connecting phones are further divided into different builds, with 2.5G models running 5B101, and 3Gs relying on 5B103.

Significantly, v2.0.1 devices appeared online before v2.0 was pushed to the public, and their traffic has originated from only two places: San Francisco, not far from Apple's Cupertino headquarters, and Atlanta, the home of AT&T Mobility. It is also not uncommon for new phone technologies to be field-tested, and this is believed to have happened with the original iPhone in 2007.




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  1. sordidloam

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    I hope sooner then later!

    Perhaps that will fix my crappy iPhone FW 2.0 battery life and the fact that my phone reboots itself now. ;-)

  1. djpluv

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    MobileMe aliases

    I'm hoping an update would allow users to send email from one their MobileMe aliases (without having to set up their MobileMe account as a regular IMAP account).

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    shocking news

    Wow, that IS surprising... Apple did NOT stop working altogether after they got the 2.0 firmware wrapped. Who would have thought?

  1. symonsl

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    web traffic

    Monitoring web traffic? Wow, that surpasses fanboyism.

  1. chadpengar

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    and this is news?

    Of course they are working on it and probably in late stage. 2.0 was probably done a few months ago (I mean code freeze) due to the need to get it stabile and to manufacturing to manufacture the 1-2 million iPhones needed for the launch last Friday and their distribution and stuff... Developers don't stop working at code freeze for a specific version -- they just create a new branch for the next version. This is not news.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    The cool guys complain...

    ...but I think we're too quick to overlook the last paragraph.

    "Significantly, [...] their traffic has originated from only two places: San Francisco, not far from Apple's Cupertino headquarters, and Atlanta, the home of AT&T Mobility. It is also not uncommon for new phone technologies to be field-tested, and this is believed to have happened with the original iPhone in 2007."

    It's likely that Apple's ideal version of the FW 2.0 wasn't ready for the hard July 11 3G phone launch date. They scaled back the new features to what was ready, loaded it onto the new phones, and continued working on the fully-featured version of FW 2.0, which I assume is 2.0.1. Hopefully this fixes the early known issues with 2.0 (stability, ffs), and maybe even adds some secret new feature Steve conveniently forgot to mention at MacWorld.

  1. e:leaf

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Hopefully

    They will get the speed of the UI back up to par. When I open the Phone application in 2.0, the UI stutters about, sometimes taking more than a second to switch screens (say, from Contacts to Recents), or start scrolling in my Contacts.

    Hopefully teh snappy will be restored.

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