Firmware 2.1 arrives for iPod touch

Firmware 2.1 arrives for iPod touch

Summary: iPod touch users got first crack at the highly-anticipated 2.1 firmware update yesterday despite Steve Jobs' comment that it wouldn't be available until Friday.

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iPod touch users got first crack at the highly-anticipated 2.1 firmware update yesterday despite Steve Jobs' comment that it wouldn't be available until Friday. Touch users noticed the update appearing in the update panel of iTunes late yesterday and Patrick McCarron grabbed a screen showing the new features.

Firmware 2.1 arrives for iPod touch

Features listed in the 239MB update include:

  • Genius playlist creation
  • dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes
  • improved email reliability, notable fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
  • faster installation of 3rd party applications
  • fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes if you have lots of 3rd party applications
  • faster loading and searching of contacts
  • other bug fixes

MacRumors forums users have noticed the following additional features in 2.1:

  • Faster App updates and installation
  • When viewing songs it says Artist And Album underneath the Song title.
  • Podcast has more descriptive information
  • Can now selectively mute certain sound effects (new mail, key taps)
  • More responsive
  • Much faster backups

Let's hope that the same features arrive for the iPhone on Friday.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Collaboration, Data Management, Hardware, Software, Storage

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  • Firmware 2.1 arrives for iPod touch

    Updated last night. After the update it did sync up a
    heck of a lot faster. I'm not sure why Apple thought
    it was a good idea to spend 20 minutes sync'ing to
    begin with.
    Loverock Davidson
  • Another welcome fix

    when you update an app, it's icon stays in the same place.
    frgough
    • great!

      that drove me nuts!
      lostarchitect
  • RE: Firmware 2.1 arrives for iPod touch

    The Genius bar is a dud. Pandora does music
    recommendations much better.
    Alicia001
  • RE: Firmware 2.1 arrives for iPod touch

    Jason, I recommend you listen to the keynote again. What
    Steve said was that the 2.1 update would be available for the
    iPod Touch yesterday and for the iPhone it will be available
    on Friday. So your comment that it is available now "despite
    Steve Jobs? comment" is false, but than again not the first
    time you misquoted others :-(
    EDIguru