Apple releases iPhone 3G firmware update

Reports, unconfirmed by Apple, speculate that the update is aimed at fixing problems with unreliable web reception and dropped calls

Apple has released an update for the firmware for its iPhone 3G but has refused to give details of 'OS 2.0.2' beyond saying it incorporates "bug fixes".

However, there is no shortage of blogs and press reports speculating that the update is aimed at fixing problems with unreliable web reception and dropped calls on the iPhone 3G, also unconfirmed by Apple but widely reported in the blogosphere.

Last week, BusinessWeek said industry sources had confirmed the problems are down to a chip inside the device. That claim followed a report by analyst Richard Windsor, of Nomura Securities, that named a communications chip made by Infineon as the root cause of the issues — specifically software on the chip playing up when the iPhone needs to switch from faster to slower wireless networks.

A spokeswoman for Apple confirmed there has been an iPhone 3G OS update but could not give details of the bugs it fixes.

As with previous Apple firmware updates, OS 2.0.2 will be pushed out to iPhone owners via iTunes when they sync their devices.

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