iPhone 2.0.1: What's Changed, Vodafone Woes, and Watch out for Airplane Mode!

iPhone 2.0.1 Firmware On the Way?

We told you when iPhone 2.0.1 dropped, we asked you how 2.0.1 was doing for you? And we warned iPwners to stay away. Turns out people running on Vodafone (in the 10 countries they currently supply) might want to consider staying away for now as well. TUAW reports on the problems:

Specifically, users who paid to have their 3G iPhones unlocked by Vodafone* are unable to re-connect to the service following the update, and instead receive a "0xE8000001" error message. How helpful. It seems to happen on both Windows and Mac OS X.

Another problem, via iPhoneAtlas, occurs when users try to upgrade when in the radio-silent Airplane Mode:

Having Airplane mode turned on can result in a non-functional phone when the update is applied. You may receive the error message: “Information for activation cannot be obtained from the iPhone” Fortunately, you can disable Airplane mode from the emergency screen if your iPhone is put into an inactivated state by a problematic update.

If you do get 2.0.1 installed (and I confess, mine installed quickly and flawlessly), what will you find under the hood?

Apple said "bug fixes", which seems to include fixes to sluggish interface animations/transitions and app launches in general (especially Contacts and SMS). Some are claiming faster backups, more stable App Store app behavior, and better or more accurate cell strength and GPS placement. And others have even joked that, like a placebo, we'll see any update as a general purpose cure-all for what's been aggravating us.

Have you noticed any specific, repeatable improvements? Keep pounding away and let us know what you find!

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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iPhone 2.0.1: What's Changed, Vodafone Woes, and Watch out for Airplane Mode!


'Impossible to activate mobile datanetwork' &
'Safari can't open page because the computer is not connected to the internet'
It worked yesterday! (After installation 2.0.1. then - because I couldn't get it running - reinstalling the original factory-settings and then two times installing the back-up settings.............)
(T-mobile, Netherlands)

To drag icons across multiple screens definitely worked before! But also with the update it doesn't always work, which means it's kinda tricky to do in my opinion :-P

This is kind of a pointless observation, but I notice now that when I quickly swipe across the menu screens all the way off the edge of the phone, I can actually get the menu stuck half way between two screens now. Whereas before it would always go back to the first screen I was on if my hand went over the edge of the phone, now it will just hang between two screens until I swipe it one way or another. Odd.

Not noticing much of a difference, actually -- which is a good thing, right?
BTW, when the opportunity comes up for non-text browsing (maybe that would be a good blog topic, a recommended Top 20 iPhone apps) on the iPhone (or iPod Touch), I'd like to recommend this one:
iEnvision (in the App Store) -- very cool; brings a refreshing VISUAL collection of content (comics, Manga, space or astronomy images, art work, more). Block out all the email, the reports, the Keynote or PowerPoint presentations, and soak in edge to edge images on those great screens (yeah, I use iEnvision for stress-relief, too). Here's their website:

With 2.0, I was never able to get a GPS lock at my home. Everywhere else, the Maps app would quickly lock in on my location. But I probably tried 20 times at home, different days, different times of day, no luck. My first few tries with 2.0.1 have been successful!

With 2.0 wi-fi was non existent and I was actually in the process of returning my phone-- after countless wipes and such. Now with 2.0.1 the wi-fi is there,albeit sketchy. I'm starting to feel like I'm back on my old Treo 650! Ouch!

Exactly. Use a reed switch attached to the power and mounted on the door and frame, then solder the talk key so it is always pressed. That way, this could run for years all while being completely portable and without having to worry about battery changes. This project is way too complicated for what is trying to be achieved.