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iPod touch 2.1 update released ahead of Jobs' promise

updated 08:55 pm EDT, Tue September 9, 2008

iPod touch update early

Although Steve Jobs announced that the iPhone and iPod touch 2.1 software update would be released on Friday, iPod users can already download the update from iTunes. He claimed the new version fixes a lot of bugs, improves app function, enhances security, and makes the sync function faster. A "Genius" function can be used to find similar songs in a library and play them together. Multiple calendars and push functions for Microsoft Exchange are now supported.

Users can now choose from 30 keyboard layouts, 19 dictionaries, or 17 languages. A search box is provided to search through contacts, and a scientific calculator has been included. Email function has also been improved, PowerPoint and iWork attachments can be viewed, messages mass deleted, and replies sent from a different account. Runners can track their progress with an integrated Nike+iPod app.

A bug has been fixed from the previous software which contained a sandbox flaw that would let one application read files from another. Another corrected flaw had allowed arbitrary code execution from maliciously coded font data. The DNS protocol has been strengthened to avoid forged information and cache poisoning from affecting apps that use mDNSResponder. TCP sequence numbers are now randomized to help prevent spoofing or hijacking. WebKit's handling of document references has also been improved to protect against malicious websites.

For iPods that have software version 2.0 already, the upgrade to 2.1 is free. The update will cost $10 for users of version 1.0. The iPhone update has not been made available yet, but can be expected on its official release Friday.

by MacNN Staff





  1. BDLatimer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPod touch iPhone

    No, Steve's comment was that the iPhone 2.1 update would be made available by Friday; iPod touch 2.1 was indicated it would be available "Today".

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    it's macnnnnnnn. What do you expect!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    so much wrong with this.

    Unbelievable. This article contains wrong information and implies that certain features that were present in 2.0 are new in 2.1. Dude... fact check!

    As pointed out by another commenter, the iPod Touch 2.1 update is supposed to be out today. And the iPhone 2.1 is to be released Friday, according to Steve Jobs.

    Also, PowerPoint attachments could be viewed in 2.0, and I believe iWork attachments could be as well.

    These sort of over-the-top, numerous mistakes are sort of inexcusable. Is there no editor at MacNN?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPod Update

    I attempted to update my iPod Touch to v2.1. I got an error message stating that the iPod could not be updated (of course no reason was given). Now my iPod has a graphic that shows a USB cable that needs to be plugged into iTunes. iTunes 8 doesn't recognize it. Now I have a paperweight!

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