Apple 2.1 iPhone Revamped

Its been eventually one week now since the release of “THE FIX” an update to the Apple inc. new iPhone 2.0 software. The new 2.1 contains a huge list of bug fixes that where reported. Some of the main issues with 2.0+ to this date where several and the list is long. lets go through briefly what fixes where included in the update.

  • Decrease in call set-up failures and dropped calls
  • Significantly better battery life for most users
  • Dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes
  • Improved email reliability, notably fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
  • Faster installation of 3rd party applications
  • Fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes for users with lots of third party applications
  • Improved performance in text messaging
  • Faster loading and searching of contacts
  • Improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display
  • Repeat alert up to two additional times for incoming text messages
  • Option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts
  • Genius playlist creation
To go through them one by one from my own 1 week experience.
  • The number of dropped called has increased
  • battery life seems to have become better in the face of apps that include keep alives
  • BACKING UP has become a meager process once again. THANK YOU APPLE
  • not much to say here there have been improvements that are not readaly visable to me.
  • be it g3, wifi, or edge your new great 3rd party apps install like they should in a jiffy
  • improved performance in text messaging ? (does anyone know what they are talking about?)
  • baised on a 2k contact list the search works fine, with the new g3 iPhone performing flawlessly
  • I couldnt say about signal strength.
  • repeat alerts nice, but not a bug fix
  • the wipe option works as intended perfect for the nosy girlfriend that tries to hard? (i dont see the point apple)
  • and a Genius playlist creater to finish this update with somthing glamerous and new.
All in all the update is completely worth it and if your at 2.0 or less i would say go ahead and go for it.
For all you gents that areholding out getting 2.x+ the current winpwn has not been released as of this titme to jailbreak the new firmware on a windows pc. The firmware has been jailbroken on a mac so its only a matter of time for the rest of us.
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iPhone Browser Market Share Increasing!

According to the New York Times a market share for the all popular apple creation the iPhone has been getting surprisingly high hits on the major search engins. The iPhone at the time of the data was only at about 2% of the total number of smart phones on the market. Others running different browsers such as Symbian and phones like the blackberry running a flavor of Windows couldn’t account for the traffic serge that the major players like Google, MSN, and Yahoo where seeing during the Christmas season. Early reports said thatjust because of Christmas the stats where higher but those voices where quickly silenced later when the stats showed that the iPhone continuously showed an increase of browsing over all of it’s competitors. The simple browser capability has surly revolutionized the way we will forever more browse the web from a mobile device.

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Browser Market Share Report 08

Developers are constantly watching web logs to see just what browsers are being used by visitors of their particular sites. The general report holds that Microsoft Internet explorer is still the predominant browser with almost 80% of the browser market considering most everyone is running XP with more being migrated into using Vista. The message is clear for most, develop applications for IE computability first and everything else second.

Browser Market Share Survey Results

The steady increase of Firefox and Apple’s safari still pale in comparison although recently the iphone is starting to show up in logs. Unless you are in a niche market this isn’t probably something you should put at the top of the list. It does say that more people are going to browse the internet and use the tiny handheld screen included with cell phones.

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We have been reviewing sites not specifically designed for the handheld pda browser market but it is nice to see them render well when checking. We do not find it yet financially prudent in most cases to put a lot of resources toward making sites render clean in the 3″ screen category but keep watching your logs. If your site attracts a high number of handheld visitors then you will want to polish up your code to detect and present your data to your handheld visitors. This would be the exception not the rule.
2008 should see a new batch of highly capable phones with more Internet capability than ever before but that doesn’t mean we will jump on the experience. Even the Big “G” can’t make me throw out my dual widescreens. The population is aging and small screens are simply not going to please your mom for more than a few minutes.

Serious browsing will be on the desktop and the news is clear that IE is the browser of choice. The most common desktop resolution is 1024×768 with widescreen monitors in the 1280×800 range running a distant second.

Look for a designer aware of these issues and always keep looking at your logs. There is a lot more than just browser information but the start is certainly making sure your site works in the most popular browser being used by the visitors to your family of websites. [spark] [type bar] [size 10, 20] [series -15,-1,65,16.01,77.35][/spark]

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