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Updated: iPhone Firmware 2.1 Now Live!

Update: Chad let's us know that Apple already has an iPhone 2.1 info page up on their website!

Boom! iPhone firmware 2.1 (5F136) weighing in at 237.8MB is now live and available via iTunes. We're downloading now. Will it fix 3G? App crash? Security holes? And will any tasty new features (or even hints of new features?) be hidden inside? Apple says:

iPhone version 2.1 contains many bug fixes and improvements, including the following: 

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Eye-Candy or All-Seeing Eye? iPhone Effects a Security Risk?

Apple has past mastered using animation to aid both usability and fill transitions. An example of the latter is the "shrink" effect used when you hit the home button: whatever's currently on diminishes to nothingness and the home screen icons fly back into place. To do this effect, however, the iPhone takes a quick screen shot, and then uses the built in CoreGraphics/Animation layers to rapidly scale it down.

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MobileMe Control Panel for Windows Now Separate Download

A while back we mentioned how Apple's slipping in of the MobileMe Control Panel was earning the rightful ire of Windows users. Well, it seems Apple has gotten the message, and their news blog now reports:

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Counter Strike: Apple Fires Back at Jailbreakers!

ZOMG! Apple has fought back! The only way Apple can fix the exploit that the iPhone Dev Team has been using to Jailbreak iPhone's and iPod Touch's (check out our forums for more on that) is to fix their hardware, but it seems Apple has figured out a way to program iTunes 8 to detect and prevent the Pwnage exploit.

Apple may have won that battle but they have not won the war. The Dev Team reacted promptly:

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Today on the Forums: Blackberry Storm... iPhone Killer?! 2.1 Firmware Hot or Not?

Today on the forums we have a few hot topics for you to check out:

First let's start off by taking a look at the latest iClone... the Blackberry Thunder/Storm. Do you think it really is a iPhone killer? Make your voice heard and vote in the poll! Next up is a thread started by mikecc and he wants to know if you are using your iPhone for gaming more than anything else? Stay tuned to TiPb in the next few days for more coverage of the iPhone as a gaming platform.

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iPod Touch Bluetooth Hopes Raised, Mercilessly Quashed

One of the big missing features on the iPhone is support for wireless bluetooth stereo, also known as A2DP. Naturally, the iPod Touch lacks the same, since it lacks a Bluetooth chip altogether. ...Or does it? Yes, it does. See, as MacRumors notes, the legendary disassemblers at iFixit took on the iPod Touch 2G and found a little chip called the Broadcom BCM4325 -- a chip typically used to provide WiFi or Bluetooth. There's already a separate WiFi chip, so Bluetooth is the natural assumption.

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PhoneSaber Soon to be LightSaber Unleashed!

We mentioned before that PhoneSaber, everyone's favorite free iPhone dueling app, was pulled from the App Store over copyright issues (THQ, see, has sole mobile rights to all things Star Wars), but that it would soon be making it's triumphant return. Now developer Mac Box is telling us how, and it seems the Force (Unleashed) will be with it, and best of all -- it will still be FREE!

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Live From CTIA, It's Yahoo! BluePrint! (And Pics!)

Yahoo! oneConnect wasn't the only news to come steamrolling out of the CTIA Keynote yesterday, and TiPb senior editor Dieter Bohn was there live to capture it:

The big story is BluePrint -- it offers a very quick mobile services development platform based on XML. Basically it's a large set of XML setup you can program a mobile app in and it will display very nicely on different platforms -- iPhone, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Symbian, etc. They are opening it up for anybody and anybody can distribute however they'd like. Yahoo would prefer you use Yahoo's ads on your apps, but not requiring it.

While we await more on this latest contender/pretender for the "build once, deploy many" crown, check out Dieter's gallery o'pics straight from the keynote (after the jump), and head on over to WMExperts for the full play-by-play.

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iPhone Analysts vs. Magic 8-Ball: Post Let's Rock Round-Up!

Welcome to iPhone Analysts vs. the Magic 8-Ball, where we take the often outlandish, sometime surreal predictions of iPhone analysts and pundits, blogeratti and the ‘net elite, and compare them to the potentially equally precise prognostications of a… magic 8-ball (running on an iPhone, of course!)

This edition checks back post-Let's Rock to see was right, and what's still left!

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