Apple (AAPL) acknowledged Tuesday that a software update for the iPhone partly fixes the connection snags that have caused a global firestorm for the new iPhone 3G. Though mum on details, Apple spokeswoman Jennifer Bowcock said on Tuesday, "The software update improves communication with 3G networks."
As I mentioned previously, yesterday in Downtown Montreal, it looked like I was unable to connect to the 3G network at all. Last night in the suburbs of Montreal, however, I was able to connect (though it took a while). Today, downtown again... nadda. Or so I thought. I switched back to WiFi and still couldn't connect... to Gmail.
Yup. While I'd tested Gmail, MobileMe, ActiveSync, and MobileSafari yesterday, sometime since then I'd made the mistake of just hitting Gmail in MobileMail.app to see if a connection would pop up. Turns out that was really shoddy testing on my part. See, Gmail on iPhone says I haven't had any messages since 6pm last night. Gmail on the desktop however, while continuously giving me "Server error: too many simultaneous connections (Failure)", shows 50+ more, right up to this very minute. Now, I've Twittered nearly constantly about problems with Gmail IMAP lately, from invalid certificate errors, to server connection problems, to the mail outage they had a week or so back (not coincidentally the same time MobileMe was out... again).
So what's going on? Are their network connection problems or is Gmail IMAP that really buggy (according to Twitter again, it's buggy enough to make some iPhone developers abandon it entirely)? And has this been adding to, or merely confusing my 3G network connection problems?
My guess is the former. Intermittent 3G network connection errors, and Gmail IMAP still really isn't ready for prime time. (And why that doesn't get the blog-focus MobileMe gets, aside from the admittedly free nature of the beast, is a bit perplexing).
I plan to run more (and better) tests today, and hopefully get something of a less obscure picture.