iPhone 2.1 Firmware Available Friday, Sept. 12

In all of the about 10 seconds devoted to the iPhone in this year's Apple pre-holiday event, Steve Jobs let rock with the iPhone 2.1 announcement. No demo, though we suspect it will be very similar to the iPod Touch 2.1 software that received so much loving. Jobs did run down the "feature" list, however:

  • Fewer dropped calls
  • Significantly improved battery life
  • Not going to crash if you have lots of apps
  • Backing up to iTunes much faster
  • Great new performance enhancements

Pretty much nails all the recent complaints. But that's about all it does.

Don't get us wrong. We said we wanted stability first, and this is stability first. We're happy. Really. But the kid-on-Christmas inside us... That kid says no push notification service? And so much for those who hoped for cut/copy/paste, or turn-by-turn GPS. Unless Apple's still hiding some "secret features", guess we gotta wait until at last 2.2 for that, huh?

Better solid than just new bugs... Hopefully -- at least -- the Genius features and new interface tweaks will carry over from the iPod Touch as well. (Absent Nike +, of course!)

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.