iPhone firmware 2.2.1 released, unlockers beware (updated 3x)

iPhone firmware 2.2.1 released, unlockers beware (updated 3x)

Summary: Apple released firmware v.2.2.1 (build 5H11a) for the iPhone and iPod touch at 11:00 am today, which provides "improved general stability of Safari" and fixes an issue where images saved from Mail do not display correctly in the Camera Roll, according to the release notes.

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Apple released firmware v.2.2.1 (build 5H11a) for the iPhone and iPod touch at 11:00 am today, which provides "improved general stability of Safari" and fixes an issue where images saved from Mail do not display correctly in the Camera Roll, according to the release notes.

The 246MB file (direct link) can be downloaded in about 20 minutes by connecting your device to iTunes and clicking "check for update."

Apples "hundredths" decimal place updates (like 2.2.x) are usually bug fix releases and thus relatively minor. Don't get too excited, 2.2.1 doesn't appear to contain anywhere near the amount of features (and hype) that the 2.2 update did (a "tenths" decimal place update).

But, as usual, there's a lot more under the hood than Apple is letting on. According to reports from first installers Apple's 2.2.1 firmware appears to break the iPhone Dev Team's vaunted unlock, yellowsn0w:

Hold your horses!
There is an iPhone and iPod update available in iTunes - it is numbered 2.2.1 (5H11a).

Please DO NOT update. We will investigate and report back to you ASAP.

Then according to their tweets:

yellowsn0w WARNING -

there are early indications that today's 3G firmware update (2.2.1_5H11) will break yellowsn0w -- do not install it

only upgrade only through custom firmware that prevents the baseband update -- NOT official firmware

Unfortunately, 2.2.1 doesn't appear to include push notifications as had been rumored, or any of the other laundry list of cliche list of embarrassing iPhone omissions. (Sing it with me: No cut and paste. No push notifications (promised for Sept 08). No MMS. No A2DP.)

I wish that Apple would spend more time developing iPhone features instead of wasting time on stupid counter-measures designed to thwart the unlock/jailbreak community. Apple will never win that cat and mouse game and risks losing customers to Google, RIM and heck, even Palm.

Photo: Engadget

Update:

  • Modem Firmware 02.30.03
  • Emoji "hacks" still seem to work
  • iPhone SDK 2.2.1 is available (all 1.75GB of it)
  • Reports that Safari is "faster"
  • Reports that it fails, "went into recovery mode right after update" and "had to restore"
  • Rumored that 2.2.1 was released to support photo syncing from iPhoto '09
  • Safari Now caches the last page in memory (yippe!) ? ? ?

My favorite comment:

iPhone 2.2.1 fixes that nasty little problem of actually liking your iPhone because its jailbroken

What have you found?

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  • You are unprofessional

    "..I wish that Apple would spend more time developing iPhone features instead of wasting time on stupid counter-measures designed to thwart the unlock/jailbreak community..."


    That would be like saying, "I wish my city spent more time building more roads instead of telling the police to write more speeding tickets".


    I'm not sure why the IT industry seems to get a pass when it comes to nasty little things like being law-abiding.
    croberts
    • Law abiding huh?

      If apple would have released most of the features i get with my jailbroken phone, then i wouldn't care. Please tell me witch one of these are illegal.

      Themes for one, every iphone looks the same, any other phone that i have ever owned i could change the background and sounds. By background i mean behind the icons not the lock screen.

      IRealSMS is a full text message replacement app, that has LANDSCAPE keyboard!!!

      Can do MMS if i want, most people i know have iphones and we just email.

      Copy and Paste,can do with CLIPPY, that app just released a couple weeks ago.

      Minor but useful, i changed my battery to a numeric value, now its always a percent, instead of just at 10 and 20 percent.

      Just saw a video of Bluetooth file transfer in the near future.
      jedaon
      • If the bank had only given me the money...

        when I asked politely, I wouldn't have had to rob it.
        msalzberg
      • "I" "I" "I" .. you sound like a five year old

        "..If apple would have released most of the features i get with my jailbroken phone, then i wouldn't care. Please tell me witch one of these are illegal.."

        How is that any different from saying, "If they built a freeway from point A to point B, I wouldn't have to speed through a school zone in my Porche"?

        So it's ok to jailbreak a product to do something you knew it wouldn't do legally when you bought it.

        Again I ask, why does the IT field get a pass when it comes to legalities?
        croberts
        • Not the point

          In any of the things that i mentioned, witch ones are illegal, that means getting in trouble with law enforcement. Please tell me how any of those features will get me in trouble?


          You keep throwing the work legally around, how have i broken the law?

          You obviously don't own an iphone because you would know how helpful those features are. The fact that apple doesn't do the landscape keyboard out of the box is ridiculous.
          jedaon
          • There is criminal law...

            And there is civil law. When you bought your iPhone part of the deal, unless
            you paid the full unsubsidized price, was to use AT&T. You sign a contract to
            that effect. If you are over 18 that contract is considered [b]legally binding[/b].
            In other words, breaking that contract is illegal, under civil law.

            I find it sad that there are people who like the iPhone, yet don't understand that
            it exists because AT&T, [b]and only AT&T[/b], was interested.
            msalzberg
          • Att

            "When you bought your iPhone part of the deal, unless
            you paid the full unsubsidized price, was to use AT&T."

            I did buy my phone for the unsubsidized price but have been with att for the past 6 years and no complaints. I DIDN'T jailbreak my phone to use it with t mobile or anybody else. Att has the best coverage in my area.
            jedaon
          • Then I agree..

            you've done nothing that I would consider illegal. Of course, I'm no
            lawyer.

            On the other hand, Apple has a contract with all iPhone owners. But in
            mucking about with the iPhone's OS and firmware, I'd think that you
            voided any obligation Apple has to you.


            msalzberg
          • Restore

            Just a quick restore, back to normal then i can take it back into apple. No problems
            jedaon
          • RE: There is criminal law...

            In that case, what is the law in regards to an Ipod Touch?
            This was purchased outright in cash from a store.
            I don't have a phone contract and have nothing to do with AT&T.

            So should I be allowed to modify my Touch and then have Apple "break it" with their updates?
            crap3
        • you have to be kidding me...

          this is so stupid.

          "why does the IT field get a pass when it comes to legalities? "


          hacking is one thing- that is to say stealing things from others with out the right to is illegal and immoral.


          but buying a peice of hardware and software, like a computer... or a phone... or a car etc. and changing it to suit your needs..... is not illegal. nor immoral. its customization- plain and simple

          you get to put what ever tires on your car you wish. put what ever gas in, and listen to whatever music you like in it, paint it what ever color your taste allows..it isn't illegal because.. it is yours.


          you get to put what ever operating system you wish on your machine, even though it usually comes with one preloaded, you load what ever programs are available or write your own... you can put the components you want inside or eliminate the ones you don't like.... nothing illegal there either..because its yours..



          but somehow, when you unlock a phone or mess with apples iphone software, to hurt no one, and change a product that you own for your own use... its all of a sudden illegal.


          apple should be happy that people are buying their device. not trying to keep it locked to at&t or the other carriers that have contracts with them....it was and always will be a mistake to make these kinds of agreements with these companies.


          if a device manufacturer knew what was good for them they would release a phone that was sold for all carriers they would sell a ton of phones, because people would see we wouldn't all have to be slaves to this trend of having to change carriers to change devices. not to mention the full cost responsibility is on our selves to do so.


          we are all just being played here by the status quo. i applaud those with the insight and the intelligence to study these OS's and find a way to eliminate these bars, that were needless and immoral in the beginning.


          there is only one reason that i see for these contracts that arise between the carriers and the device manufacturers- the carriers would be forced to compete on quality of service, pricing, and dependability. if all the devices were carrier agnostic these companies would really have work to do- it is area where they all lack. now they have an easier go at it, all they have to really compete on the devices that are in demand....how nice...





          all im saying is

          why is the cell phone market special. you dont see the computer market binding you to an internet carrier under contract when you buy a machine and putting measures into the machines operating system to only respond to one carrier... or the laptop market, or anything like that. just phones....something is wrong there and i know others agree.


          epaph
        • RE: "I" "I" "I" .. you sound like a five year old

          Hmmmm... I BUY a product but I'm NOT allowed to modify it to suit my wants, needs and tastes?

          Do you see anything wrong in that statement?
          Do I like what the Iphone and Touch can do? Yes.
          But will I buy one for myself? NO!

          I got an Ipod Touch for my wife because she asked for one, only to find that all the accessories that we're interested are not compatible with the 2G version of the Touch.
          So since it was purchased before a vacation and Apple is too cheap to include a charger and because the usb charger I already had didn't work I had to rush out and spend another $30 to allow my wife to use it for the full two weeks.

          I still want to know why I'm not "allowed" to modify something that I OWN?
          Please explain it to me.
          And I don't want to hear that "you knew before you bought it" Crap.

          Either I own it or I don't.

          Did you know that car companies tried that crap, by telling people if they added aftermarket parts, they would void the warranty. The government told the car companies otherwise.
          This is the same deal, a company trying to tell YOU what you can and can't do with something you OWN! All so they can steer you thru Itunes and their online store and make sure that you pay as much as they can get away with for any addons for Iphone or Touch.
          crap3
      • Forget about the law, bigger reason not to jail break iPhone

        [i]If apple would have released most of the features i get with my jailbroken phone, then i wouldn't care.[/i]

        The problem is that Apple gets paid the same amount for jailbroken phones as they do for non jailbroken phones. Since paying for something is a vote for that something, you are telling Apple that you approve of them releasing a device [b]that actively tries to prevent you from using features you want to use[/b]. Note that this is [b]unique behavior to Apple[/b]. My WinMo phone is lacking some features out of the box but I am [b]encouraged to add features or modify existing ones[/b] and so I vote for that product. This is probably why Windows Mobile is still outselling the iPhone.

        Every jailbroken phone that is purchased [b]ensures[/b] that Apple will keep forcing you to jailbreak and will [b]never[/b] give you any of the features you want nor will they ever allow you to customize your iPhone the way you want to. Why would they? You just paid them.
        NonZealot
        • It's a trade-off

          With respect to jailbreaking to use additional software:

          Apple believes it has superior software and a superior user interface. I
          happen to agree; some may not.

          Apple believes it needs configuration control to insure the integrity of
          its software and warrant the product. That is at least arguably correct.

          Within the above, Apple provides a vast array of third party software
          openings--so much so that some have complained about a flood of
          trivia getting in the door. That suggests they are playing fair within
          the limits of the above.

          The rest is whining by those who want what they want when they want
          it and aren't getting it regularly.

          With respect to unlocking to use other carriers:
          You knew this was a limitation when you bought the phone. Don't
          complain now.
          davidaaa4
    • @ croberts, re: You are unprofessional

      [i]"..I wish that Apple would spend more time developing iPhone features instead of wasting time on stupid counter-measures designed to thwart the unlock/jailbreak community..."

      That would be like saying, "I wish my city spent more time building more roads instead of telling the police to write more speeding tickets".

      I'm not sure why the IT industry seems to get a pass when it comes to nasty little things like being law-abiding.[/i]

      Is there something wrong with you? Or did you get up on the wrong side of your futon this morning?

      Jason's main complaint (which you completely ignored) was:

      "Unfortunately, 2.2.1 doesn?t appear to include push notifications as had been rumored, or any of the other laundry list of cliche list of embarrassing iPhone omissions. (Sing it with me: No cut and paste. No push notifications (promised for Sept 08). No MMS. No A2DP.)"

      These are items that otherwise perfectly happy iPhone owners have complained that they [b]wanted Apple to put into the iPhone[/b] since Day One. Has Apple listened? Probably. Has Apple done anything to make it happen? Absolutely not.

      You seem to equate the wishes of someone who wants to do something with his Apple-issued equipment that it cannot do to be "illegal". Truly, the RDF is strong in you.

      BTW, I don't own an iPhone, or even an iPod (Touch, or otherwise). I have a rather capable Samsung Omnia (Verizon, WM6) that will do everything the iPhone does, plus all the items that Jason was kvetching about. Oh, and it comes with Opera Mobile pre-installed. When and if Firefox Mobile (Fennec) becomes available (as a 1.0 issue, not a beta), I'll probably install that and give it a whirl.

      But "legal" iPhone users won't be able to...
      M.R. Kennedy
  • Every Update breaks unlocking...

    Duh! That's why they do updates!

    It hasn't even been 24 hours. They will have a patch within the week.
    Eriamjh
    • 2 rules to live by

      1) Don't update your iPhone if it's jailbroken. That this is even news any more is shocking, these articles come out every single update. I mean if you have sufficient technical expertise to go through the trouble of jailbreaking an iPhone this one should be a no-brainer.

      2) Don't update your phone if your about to leave the house for work. Remember v2 update and all the messages "I updated my iPhone and it bricked and I was waiting on a kidney transplant phone call" (OK I made up the kidney thing but you get the idea).
      oncall
  • Losing customers

    Apple is loved. The cellular system is not owned by Apple.
    We the people around the world love Iphone, but we do not
    want to be owned by a cellular company, so we have more
    options that are free. If this continue i will put my Iphone in
    a box and buy something similar or better fom Nokia.
    tony_napalm
  • You don't like your iPhone or Apple? Easy solution: buy something else!

    I've never understood why people get so upset about Apple's business practices and STILL buy their products. What? So you can complain that you ignored their business practices and bought their product(s) anyway? People buy Apple products because they typically put the competition to shame in terms of user friendliness, stability, design, build quality, etc. I use Macs. I use PCs, I own an iPhone. And I've owned a number of Palm, MS, and Symbian Smartphones. The iPhone is the ONE device that finally allows me to travel with just my handheld if I want and still access all my email, all my files, all my photos, all my music, as well as a slew (and growing by the hour) assortment of really clever, top notch games that all install to my device the exact same way (vs. Windows Smartphones in particular in which you get to play games with the installer programs and ActiveSync).

    Why is it that the iPhone continues to pull market share away from the so-called embedded leaders (RIM, and MS Smartphone assortments, namely since Palm OS is all but dead despite their new devices).

    You don't want the update? Don't install it.
    You don't want the iPhone? Don't buy it.
    You don't want a Mac computer? Have fun struggling with settings, updates, patches, conflicts and bloated Registry files on your spiffy state-of-the-art Vista/Win 7 box.

    Me? I like being able to USE these devices and not spend my time constantly fiddling with them to make the do what they're supposed to. I run Parallels and Bootcamp on my Mac laptops (one has XP, the other has Win 7). They work better on the Mac system than on any PC box I've ever owned. And the iPhone, hands down, puts these other handheld devices to shame.
    callahan.gary
    • re: You don't like.....

      [i]I've never understood why people get so upset about Apple's business practices and STILL buy their products.[/i]

      Yeah some people want to have their cake and eat it too... The nerve.

      Actually I do agree with you, if you don't like how Apple or Dell or Chevrolet or anyone else operates, stop buying their stuff.

      [i]I run Parallels and Bootcamp on my Mac laptops (one has XP, the other has Win 7). They work better on the Mac system than on any PC box I've ever owned.[/i]

      So then you're having "fun struggling with settings, updates, patches, conflicts and bloated Registry files on your spiffy state-of-the-art Vista/Win 7 box."?
      Badgered