Apple has released the first update to iPhone 2 software since its release almost one month ago with iPhone 3G launch on July 11th. Version 2.0.1 of iPhone software is a minor point release which Apple says is for “bug fixes”, no update details are available. iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPod touch users can download the 249MB firmware via iTunes.
Hopefully iPhone 2.0.1 addresses the random application crashes encountered by many, and improves on the responsiveness and smoothness in general usage. Please share with us if this update solves any of your iPhone 3G or iPod touch problem.
Apple has released the iPhone 2.0 Software for first-generation iPhone and iPod touch, allowing these devices to upgrade to use the iPhone 3G software features and access to the new App Store.
First-generation iPhone users will be prompted to install the upgrade when they connect their iPhone to iTunes. The upgrade will wipe out all data in the iPhone and temporary reactivate the device. Once the Phone 2.0 Software is installed, iTunes will connect to Apple servers to reactivate the device for use, using the same activation mechanism as the new iPhone 3G. Apple activation servers were down on July 11 morning due to the overwhelming load during the iPhone 3G launch day. The service has since been put back online but the the load is expected to be high for the next few days.
iPod touch users will have to purchase the firmware upgrade from iTunes Store for $9.95. Apple has put up on iPod touch website information on ‘iPod touch App Store’ with a firmware update link to the iTunes Store. This latest update for iPod touch includes Mail, Stocks, Weather, Maps and Notes, as well as all the changes in the January update.
Apple’s App Store is now live with over 500 native applications for iPhone 3G, iPhone and iPod Touch. These applications however require iPhone 2.0 Software, which is not released yet. iPhone 3G which will be on sale tomorrow will have iPhone 2.0 Software as default. Existing original iPhone and iPod touch will need to upgrade to iPhone 2.0 Software to run these software.
You can access the App Store now via iTunes Store with the new iTunes 7.7 release. You can also access AppStore directly on your iPhone 3G, and on your original iPhone/iPod touch with the iPhone 2.0 Software installed. Over 125 of the applications are free download, and most pay apps cost less than $10 with the most expensive being ForeFlight Mobile at $69.99. Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has mentioned that 90 percent of the pay applications will cost just $9.99 or less.
Some of the free applications include Apple Remote for iTunes, AIM instant messaging, Twitterrific client for Twitter and Google Mobile. Example pay applications include Sega’s Super Monkey Ball, Apple’s Texas Hold’em, Pangea’s Enigmo, Pangea’s Cro-Mag Rally and Freeze Tag’s Etch A Sketch.
Apple has posted a new article ‘How to replace an original iPhone with an iPhone 3G’ on Apple Support website that contains step-by-step guide on how to move the contents and settings on your first generation iPhone to iPhone 3G.
The steps basically require the use of iTunes (version 7.7 or later required) to back up the contents and settings of the original iPhone, and then connect the new iPhone 3G to restore the backup into it. You can transfer SMS messages, email accounts and passwords, photos, notes, and other personal settings from original iPhone to iPhone 3G.
Google has released a new version of Google Talk instant messaging application for iPhone and iPod Touch. Google Talk runs entirely under the Safari browser of iPhone and iPod Touch and there is no software to download or install. Just point your iPhone or iPod Touch browser to www.google.com/talk.
Announced the release yesterday in Google Mobile Blog, Google Talk for iPhone does not provide the same always on experience as the desktop version due to its web application nature:
There are some differences from using Google Talk on your computer. For instance, in order to receive instant messages with Google Talk on your iPhone, the application needs to be open in your Safari browser. When you navigate away to another browser window or application, your status will be changed to “unavailable” and your Google Talk session will be restarted when you return.
It is great to see more instant messaging platform release on iPhone, providing alternative to traditional SMS text messaging available on mobile phone. With AOL AIM Client confirmed for iPhone, let’s hope we get MSN/Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger on board soon. Market share estimate that AIM has about 50 percent of the instant messaging market, followed by MSN/Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger. Google Talk has about 2.5 percent of the market, according to Nielsen Online.
Reddit is one of the social news bookmarking site that we like to visit, it is similar to Digg where community votes for the news to be on the front page. There is now an iPhone friendly version available at http://reddit.buxfer.com, made possible by Buxfer.
This is the best you could get to read Reddit on your iPhone, there is no news if Reddit is working on its own iPhone version. The iPhone version of Digg is at http://digg.com/iphone
Happy Birthday iPhone! Yes hard to believe but iPhone is one year old today. With all the hype and buzz around next generation 3G iPhone, let’s look back at some iPhone milestones for the past one year or so:
- Apple announced iPhone on January 9, 2007
- iPhone is released on June 29, 2007 in United States with retail price of $599 for the 8GB and $499 for the 4GB model.
- On September 5, 2007, 68 days after the product launch, Apple dropped the 8GB model to $399 and discontinued the 4GB model.
- iPhone launched in UK and German on November 9, 2007
- Time Magazine named iPhone the Invention of the Year in 2007
- Apple on June 9, 2008 unveiled details of next generation 3G iPhone, which will include 3G mobile technology and Assisted GPS function.
Apple is set to release the second generation 3G iPhone on July 11, we guess many of you already have plan to join the queue on day one.