Keeping its promise, Apple released iPhone Software 2.1 this morning, promising a range of bug fixes and much improved battery life.

The update is a 238MB download. To get it, connect your iPhone to your computer using iTunes 8 and follow the on-screen instructions

Let’s find out what’s inside – any improvements? Any new features?

We’re updating as soon as we can, share what you learn in comments below…

Update: All appears to be as good as advertised – we have an official review and some of our user impressions:

  • the SMS alert repeat is not there. :s…fast as lightning though…
  • texting is fast, settings load faster, games run better, they finally made a update that did something!!!!
  • Wow, this made such a big difference for me. I get 4 bars now where I used to get 1/2 in 3G. It’s not just displaying better strength because my connectivity speed is way yup.
  • My SMS IS FIXED!
  • Apps seem faster and none have yet crashed.
  • Apple may have finally fixed the iPhone.
  • I do agree, everything seems to work like warm butter but my guess is how do I activate Genius playlists creation? I have everything already set up on iTunes 8 and expected it to work as shown on the special event for the iPod touch.
  • I get the impression push messaging didn’t just have bugs, it didn’t work – thats why it was pushed.

    (see what I did there, ‘pushed?’ god I’m hilarious)

 

The update includes:

 

  • Decrease in call set-up failures and dropped calls;
  • Significantly better battery life for most users;
  • Dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes;
  • Improved email reliability, notably fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts;
  • Faster installation of 3rd party applications;
  • Fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes for users with lots of third party applications;
  • Improved performance in text messaging;
  • Faster loading and searching of contacts;
  • Improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display;
  • Repeat alert up to two additional times for incoming text messages;
  • Option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts;
  • Genius playlist creation;

We don’t know just yet if the patch addresses a bug which impacted some users who saw their applications fail and their iPod library content become unavailable.

 

 

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