Apple confirms iPhone 2.0.2 addresses 3G bugs

Apple confirms iPhone 2.0.2 addresses 3G bugs

Summary: Although Apple has never given us a proper changelog with its software updates, an Apple spokesperson has provided a tiny but important detail on the iPhone firmware 2.0.

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Although Apple has never given us a proper changelog with its software updates, an Apple spokesperson has provided a tiny but important detail on the iPhone firmware 2.0.2 released earlier this week. According to an Associated Press article, the update "improved communication with 3G networks," said Apple spokesperson Jennifer Bowcock.

Why couldn't they just say that in a changelog? I know that it's technically a "bug" and so it would fall under the generic "bux fixes" catchall that they use. But still, a little more detail is in order for Apple's software updates as they currently border on offensive.

Despite Bowcock's comments about the update addressing 3G reception issues, the verdict is mixed with some seeing improvements while others aren't.

In related news, Apple is said to be working on a fix for a bug that causes third-party apps to crash on boot then proceed to lock the iPhone on the Apple screen - a.k.a. the black screen of death.

An AppleInsider reader received an email from Steve Jobs (or one of his staff) saying that the company is aware of the problem and has a solution. The terse reply reads:

"This is a known iPhone bug that is being fixed in the next software update in September."

Topics: iPhone, Apple, Hardware, Mobility, Networking, Wi-Fi

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  • Apple will make things right sooner then later...

    Why do I get the feeling people want to see Apple fail? It's been less then two months since Apple released the 3G iPhone. They've already come out out with two updates which have addressed most of the issues with the phone, unlike Vista, which is still buggier then a bee hive. Unlike Microsoft, Apple is working hard to address issues with the new device and will have it close to perfection before long. Can the same be said for Windows Mobile or Windows Vista. Apple was under a lot of heavy pressure to get the 3G out into the market. They had to get out sooner then they probably would have wanted to due to customer demand and to address their competition. But with the soon to be released updates most if not all the problems will be addressed. The iPhone is an incredibly complex device and it is amazing it works as well as it does. There is really no other device that compares to it. Give Apple credit where credit is due, the iPhone is an awesome device.
    gtdworak
    • Perhaps because

      People seem to be merciless toward Apple, because of the complex of superiority both Apple and its fanboys have toward anything else than Apple products and how much hyped Apple products are.
      You for example, this Article is about iPhone and its bugs fixing,yet you can prevent yourself to bash both Vista and Windows mobile and to implicitely try to show how superior Apple is to Microsoft when it is far to be true.
      Last time i check Windows O.S don't run on an incredibly limited set of hardware built by Microsoft itself thus enabling them to stronglmy optimise both hardware and software for each other like Apple has the luxury to do.
      So yes people have perfectly the right and must be merciless with Apple,at least as much as they are with Windows or other companies, when Apple products have as many troubles as the iPhone 3G has had since its release.
      With such control obsession and so closed products, Apple has close to no right to fail to deliver almost flawless products right at launch.
      timiteh
    • re: Apple will make things right

      [i]Why do I get the feeling people want to see Apple fail?[/i]

      Why do you assume that since someone has a problem with Apple's patch and/or communication of bug fixes, that it means they want Apple to fail? That seems a bit paranoid to me.

      [i]It's been less then two months since Apple released the 3G iPhone. They've already come out out with two updates which have addressed most of the issues with the phone, unlike Vista, which is still buggier then a bee hive. [/i]

      Hmm, you mean Apple released something that wasn't ready? Nooo... say it ain't so! Only Microsoft would do something so stupid.

      Also, if you think Microsoft and the vendors haven't been releasing drivers, updates, and patches like crazy for Vista, you obviously haven't been paying attention.

      [i]Apple was under a lot of heavy pressure to get the 3G out into the market. They had to get out sooner then they probably would have wanted to due to customer demand and to address their competition.[/i]

      I'd swear if you replaced 3G and Apple with Microsoft and Vista... the tune would sound exactly the same.

      [i]The iPhone is an incredibly complex device and it is amazing it works as well as it does.[/i]

      Damning with faint praise, perhaps?
      Badgered
  • RE: Apple confirms iPhone 2.0.2 addresses 3G bugs

    So the iPhone has been nothing but iBugs. That is pretty funny considering how it was supposed to be the next hottest thing and was to eclipse all other cell phones. Sadly they have had to make 2 major updates so far in the 2 months that it has been out. When does this trend stop? My current 3g cell phone hasn't had any issues and it has had 3g for a couple of years! I just can't respect a phone that is constantly broken.
    Loverock Davidson
    • if you put it that way...

      by the way you post here and on some other places i dont think
      i can take respect for yourself, you need help, you have a
      problem LOL!!!
      null.next()++
  • RE: Apple confirms iPhone 2.0.2 addresses 3G bugs

    I have had various phones and smart phones over the years and I have to say for me at least, the iPhone stands head and shoulders above the others I've owned.
    I've had no problems with my iPhone 'Classic' nor my 3G version. Others have had problems, I guess I'm lucky!
    John Purser
  • But I thought there were no problems with the iPhone?

    People like frgough kept telling us that only 204 out of the million people who bought the iPhone 3G have reception problems because there were only 204 messages in Apple's support forums about this. Either Apple is wasting a lot of energy fixing something that is affecting 0.0001% of its customer base or maybe Apple knows that the problem is bigger than frgough would like to believe it is? :)
    NonZealot
  • This is my only beef with smart phones...

    This is my only beef with smart phones; the more closely
    they resemble computers, the more things that can go
    wrong. I gave up my old B&W Nokia when my carrier stopped
    supporting it. I had to get some AT&T phone. While not a
    smart phone, it [i]still[/i] crashes. A phone. Crashing. What
    the hell?
    olePigeon
  • Re: Loverock & (Non)Zealot

    WindowsCE and Windows Mobile both experienced significant
    problems when first rolled out. It's the inherent difficulties
    with applying established software on new platforms, you
    don't know how well it's going to work until a few million
    people are using it.

    I can understand how zealotry and ignorance can get in the
    way of logical thought process.
    olePigeon
    • What does WM have to do with iPhone stability?

      [i]WindowsCE and Windows Mobile both experienced significant problems when first rolled out.[/i]

      Fantastic! Now, how does that in any way refute what I wrote? I didn't say Apple was unique with its issues, I've simply been saying that the iPhone has had issues. People like frgough then come back with: [i]No, the iPhone doesn't have issues because only 204 people posted messages on the Apple support forums out of the million that bought the phone.[/i]

      While I'm arguing with someone who is suggesting that the iPhone has no problems, you are saying: [i]Yeah, but WM has problems too![/i] That's fine but it is totally irrelevant in a discussion about whether or not the iPhone has issues. Actually, if anything, by admitting that the iPhone has problems, you are siding with me and against people like frgough who insist that there are no iPhone issues whatsoever.

      [i]I can understand how zealotry and ignorance can get in the way of logical thought process.[/i]

      Yeah, I suppose that could explain frgough's Apple apologetic posts. :)
      NonZealot
  • iPhone 2.0.2 is Hacked!

    The iPhone Dev Team has patched their QuickPwn Tool to work firmware 2.0.2 you can now jailbreak and unlock 1rst gen and jailbreak 3G. Remember use at your own risk it's still beta!

    Download QuickPwn GUI 1.2.0
    http://www.iphone-hacks.com/downloads/file/137
    bryonbrock
  • Throw-down

    I am so sick of coming on to read an informative article on the iPhone and reading the posts from all the jerks that are Apple haters....especially the NonSensical...NonZealot. I am not an Apple 'fanboy' or a Windows hater, but every Windows PDA or smart-phone I had was crap. The iPhone is a fantastic piece of technology which admittedly has some tweaks to get done to it, but doesn't every new piece of technology. These will be done very soon. What will you Apple haters ..... and moan about then? I have the original iPhone and an iPhone 3G. Not to be pompous but unlike you haters,(I presume), I also have 4 degrees in tech, computer science, and business. If you do have these qualifications then post it so we think that you are knowledgeable. That being said....The iPhone is the greatest piece of mobile gadgetry that I have ever owned, not to mention that I have not touched my Nintendo DS or Sony PSP since I got it over a year ago. Nothing can compare and if you think it can then you are just plain blinded. I will personally come to your house and do a throw-down between your non iPhone device and my iPhone, with an impartial judge and we will see who can do more with their device. Money will be put down upfront. Any takers?? I would love to especially do this with NonZealot and his piece of crap HTC. There will never be any takers because simply put....No mobile device can out surf, out game, or out just about anything else than the iPhone. I also happen to get perfect reception on my iPhone 3G as opposed to my sisters Voyager, my brother in laws Dare on Verizon and my Mother and Fathers workhorse phones on TMobile. Bring it on!! Can't we post some helpful thoughts or tips instead of hate. It is hard enough to find a decent article from the 2 bit hacks on ZD Net (Mr. O'Grady excluded) that doesn't have iPhone in it just to bash or get paid hits. Cnet included but now that Molly has an iPhone maybe that will change. Back to the article....3G issues acknowledged....3G issues will be fixed.....maybe we can then all get along, or just all buy iPhones and be happy. As I have said before....It is not the size of your phone, it's what you can do with it. Have a nice day!!
    GoneFromZDnet
    • where to start?

      [i]I am so sick of coming on to read an informative article on the iPhone and reading the posts from all the jerks that are Apple haters....[/i]

      Then don't read the talk backs.

      [i]Not to be pompous but unlike you haters,(I presume), I also have 4 degrees in tech, computer science, and business. If you do have these qualifications then post it so we think that you are knowledgeable.[/i]

      Now that's just funny. So anyone who "hates" the iPhone isn't educated? Whew, I'm sure glad you're not one of those pompous whack-o's.

      [i]I would love to especially do this with NonZealot and his piece of crap HTC.[/i]

      Have you owned or used the HTC? If not, how are you better than any of the iPhone "haters"?

      [i]Can't we post some helpful thoughts or tips instead of hate. It is hard enough to find a decent article from the 2 bit hacks on ZD Net[/i]

      Gee, with all the hate you're spewing... perhaps you should take a good long look in the mirror. I guess with all that edjumacayshun you skipped the definition of hypocrisy.
      Badgered
      • Where to end

        [i]Then don't read the talk backs.[/i]

        That's possibly the most brilliant statement I have ever heard. Why didn't I think of that.

        [i]Now that's just funny. So anyone who "hates" the iPhone isn't educated? Whew, I'm sure glad you're not one of those pompus whack-o's.[/i]

        I never said that or meant that....did I. Just saying that a lot of posters act like electronics experts and if they are then I would like to know so I could take their posts seriously. If you took that differently then maybe you are a little insecure? Also I don't like being called a 'whack-o'. Who the heck are you? You can't even spell.

        [i]Have you owned or used the HTC? If not, how are you better than any of the iPhone "haters"?[/i]

        Of course I have. I would not ever post if I did not, unlike all of the Apple haters on here who have never owned an iPhone. I post an educated (as in hands on) and factual post.

        [i]Gee, with all the hate you're spewing... perhaps you should take a good long look in the mirror. I guess with all that edjumacayshun you skipped the definition of hypocrisy.[/i]

        Absolutely no hypocrisy here. Just pure unadulterated fact.....In my opinion...and we are all entitled to our opinions, aren't we.

        Bottom line: Since you did not answer any of my points on the iPhone and just tried to personally attack me with every one of your 'points' (and didn't do a very good job at that). I must assume that you agree with my points and are either one of the hacks that I mentioned or are disappointed with the size of YOUR phone. Have a nice day!
        GoneFromZDnet
        • Where to go from here

          [i]That's possibly the most brilliant statement I have ever heard. Why didn't I think of that.[/i]

          Good question.

          [i]I never said that or meant that....did I.[/i]

          Couldn't really tell you what you meant. Only what you typed. [i][b]Not to be pompous but unlike you haters,(I presume), I also have 4 degrees in tech, computer science, and business.[/b][/i]

          [i]If you took that differently then maybe you are a little insecure? Also I don't like being called a 'whack-o'. Who the heck are you? You can't even spell.[/i]

          Re-Read it, I said it's a good thing you're not a whack-o ;) . If you took that differently then maybe you are a little insecure? Also, you can't form a paragraph, but I didn't complain about that.

          [i]Absolutely no hypocrisy here. Just pure unadulterated fact.....In my opinion...and we are all entitled to our opinions, aren't we.[/i]

          The hipocrisy is, you call them haters... and then call the ZDNet bloggers "hacks", one could see that as 'hating'.

          Absolutely, you are entitled to an opinion... yet you want the "haters" to stop posting what they would like to post. Are they not entitled to an opinion as well?

          [i]Since you did not answer any of my points on the iPhone and just tried to personally attack me with every one of your 'points' (and didn't do a very good job at that). I must assume that you agree with my points and are either one of the hacks that I mentioned or are disappointed with the size of YOUR phone.[/i]

          Attack you? You mean like you did to those who don't like the iPhone? You know... the one's you labeled "haters".

          Actually, I try not to point out anything about the iPhone on purpose. I haven't used one. Anything I'd type would just be a guess. What I don't care for... and you missed the 'point' entirely, is people who rant and rave because someone else has a different opinion. Some people don't like the iPhone, some do, they express their opinions in different ways... big deal... get over it.

          One last thing... What does it matter what the size of MY phone is? It's smaller than an iPhone, and it does what I need. I don't judge my worth based on it... it's just a phone.
          Badgered
          • To the end

            I am not going to go quote for quote with you again because we could both do that forever.

            The phrase 'Apple haters' is a valid, non hateful term for most of the posters on here.

            The term 'hacks' is also a valid term for the ZDNet blog writers and is not meant as hateful. If you see it that way then I could care less. The 'perception' of 'hating' is not a valid argument. That is in the eyes and beliefs of the person who takes it that way. I am not a hater of anyone on here, except maybe you right now.

            Hack- A writer who is paid to write low-quality, quickly put-together articles or books.

            Accurate in my opinion. Read some of the blogs and tell me that it doesn't apply.

            The only reason I answered your first post was it was a personal attack on me. Are you not hating me?

            I have NEVER ranted or raved because someone has a different opinion. I have never ranted or raved at all or wanted people to 'stop posting' as you claim. I love hearing different opinions and base many of my buying decisions on them. I just was wondering why no one has anything constructive, either positive or negative to say on these posts. Most of these posts are just worthless hating including and especially yours to my post. If you don't have an iPhone what are you posting on here for? Do you get off on attacking other people? Are you the Apple posters police? Your post was simply a petty and worthless personal attack on my post.

            Lastly, The paragraph and spelling comments were petty on both of our parts. Also the last comment by me was meant to be funny but obviously went over your head. I am leaving now because I have better things to do than sit here all day and be spiteful to you, and we obviously could go on all day.

            We ourselves are becoming the epitome of why ZDNet blogs are worthless and why the 'talk-backs' are TOTALLY worthless and petty. They are mostly what YOU started, people bickering back and forth. What a waste of precious time. PEACE OUT.

            p.s. If anyone would like to know a useful question about the iPhone and I am still around after being peeved by the personal attacks, then feel free to ask and I will answer.
            GoneFromZDnet
          • almost there

            [i] I am not a hater of anyone on here, except maybe you right now.[/i]

            Sorry you feel that way.

            Let's get a few things straight. 1 - I don't hate you or anyone else for that matter, and I certainly don't hate a piece of technology, it's just not in me. 2 - I treat these talk backs as fun discussions... nothing else. If you get peeved here or upset, then perhaps my very first suggestion to you should be taken as worthwhile - Stop Reading Them.

            My first post to you was to point out that you obviously don't see where you are doing the same things as the one's you call "Haters" and "Attackers". You still don't see that, so I guess the point is falling on deaf ears (eyes).
            Badgered
          • Done

            I admit it!!!! Not meaning to bother anyone, this ZDNet blog and discussion have turned me into a hater and an attacker. I am the nicest guy in the world and should have never gotten involved in this. I cannot stand to look at my self in the mirror anymore. Life has no meaning for me. I am as we 'speak' taking a bottle of pills and downing them with some Jack Daniels. There is no more point in living.
            Until we meet in a better place.........................................................................................
            GoneFromZDnet
          • Take solace ProudIphoneOwner

            [i]There is no more point in living.[/i]

            At least you'll always have the time you spent with your iPhone. No one can take away the proud feeling you got when you looked at that Apple logo. :)
            NonZealot
          • Better place? Like Disneyland? <nt>

            .
            Badgered