updated 01:55 pm EDT, Tue September 9, 2008
iPhone 2.1 Firmware
Apple today revealed full details of its iPhone and iPod touch 2.1 firmware upgrade. Unusually, the company is focusing on software issues and claims to have fixed "a lot of bugs," according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs: on iPhones, the software cuts down on dropped calls and is also said to provide "big" improvements to battery life. It also improves the reliability of apps and speeds up the backup time before a sync begins.
On the second-generation iPod touch, the software also includes a built-in Nike+iPod app for tracking a run using the built-in transceiver. Support for Genius playlists is present for all supporting devices.
The 2.1 update will be available by Friday and will be free for both iPhones as well as any iPod touch already upgraded to version 2.0 firmware; pre-2.0 iPods can buy the update through iTunes for $10.
No mention has been made of the addition of background push notification or directional GPS support, both of which were included in most beta releases of 2.1 and were scheduled for September.