Jobs: iPhone 2.1 update due Friday, fixes 'lots of bugs'

Apple CEO promises it will mean fewer dropped calls, fewer app crashes

Some took Jobs' announcement at face value, and were willing to withhold judgment until they can download and install the update. "We should at least wait and see if the update lives up to his word," said a user tagged as "Ansuz82" on the iPhone support forum.

Others, however, were still angry that Apple had not been more forthcoming about the iPhone 3G problems and were skeptical that the company would be more transparent on Friday. "Let's see if those statements or any further detail actually make it into the firmware release notes," said "DaddyK" on a different thread. "Further bug detail would be the responsible thing to do."

A few wondered why the iPhone 2.1 update had been scheduled for Friday when a similar update, also dubbed 2.1, is available for the iPod touch, the iPhone look-alike. "Why do we have to wait till Friday when people can buy an iPod touch today with 2.1 already on it?" asked "deimos256" just before the Apple event concluded. "Talk about deflated expectations, all this big update is gonna do is fix problems that never should have happened."

Ansuz82 pitched in with a possible answer. "More than likely it's a server load issue. I remember the last big update where iTunes and the iPhone/touch were updated. Downloads were going at a crawl. Staggering will help with that."

The user was referring to the version 2.0 update that Apple issued on the same day it launched iPhone 3G, when AT&T was forced to suspend in-store activations because Apple's servers had been overwhelmed.

Apple did post a 2.1 update for iPod touch users yesterday. The update included patches for seven vulnerabilities, among them a fix for the DNS bug that was first disclosed in July and patched by Apple the last day of that month. Some researchers, however, maintained that Apple's July 31 fix didn't patch the vulnerability on Mac OS X clients.

iPhone 2.1 will presumably patch the same vulnerabilities on Friday.

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