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2.1 iPhone Firmware Download Available on Friday!

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Taaa daaa!! X1Zero’s father, Steve Jobs has done it again with this update to his iPod line up at today’s Let’s Rock Apple event! Most of the rumors were that a new Nano would be released, changes to the iPod Touch, iTunes 8 and 2.1 iPhone firmware. Looks like some of those rumors were bang on! Before we start…Steve Jobs entered the stage and crushed a recent rumor about his “death”:

2.1 iPhone Firmware is Coming your way this Friday!!!

Well, the important news I was waiting for was the 2.1 iPhone firmware update! Stevey-boy didn’t disappoint and announced that 2.1 firmware is going to be available free to download this Friday! 2.1 firmware is…

* a big update according to Steve Jobs
* going to fix a lot of bugs, such as fewer dropped calls
* going to bring better battery life improvements
* going to fix crashing Apps
* going to speed up backups

As I mentioned before, if your Rogers/Fido iPhone 3G is jailbroken, then updating via iTunes is going to remove your jailbreak. With such a plethora of new bug fixes I’m going to be updating on Friday along with tonnes of other iPhone 3G owners. This 2.1 firmware should’ve been on the iPhone 3G when it was released, but of course it wasn’t. Oh well, at least Apple is addressing these updates in a timely fashion!

Apple Let’s Rock Event Summary–Cliff notes version–What you missed:

iTunes 8 released: HD shows, grid view, “Genius Playlists” (in other words, customized playlists to your music preferences).

iPod Classic update: now comes in 120GB for $250, 160GB model dropped.

iPod Nano redesign: it’s super skinny now, available in rainbow colors (silver, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red and pink). Accelerometer added allowing for turning the iPod sideways for Cover Flow, “shake” for shuffle (neat), voice recorder using the new headphones, made from GREEN materials, voice recorder. 8GB for $150 and 16GB for $199.

New Apple Premium In-Ear Headphones: $79, dual drivers (woofer + tweeter).

iPod Touch redesign: chromed trim, external volume controls, Genius playlists, Nike+ integration, 2.1 firmware, accelerometer, EXTERNAL speaker. $229 for the 8GB, $299 for the 16GB, and $399 for the 32GB.

So there you have it. The event ended with Jack Johnson on stage and the entire thing lasted about an hour. Can’t wait for Friday’s 2.1 firmware update, enjoy your jailbroken iPhone 3G until then! A big thanks to Gizmodo and Engadget for the pictures!

What did you guys think of the event? What was the biggest highlight/disappointment for you?

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  • Peacock

    I’m so glad it’s free to download. Imagine the day when they start charging to update iPhone firmware. It was $9.99 from 1.x to 2.0; I wonder what it’s going to cost for 3.0 firmware…

  • Peacock

    I’m so glad it’s free to download. Imagine the day when they start charging to update iPhone firmware. It was $9.99 from 1.x to 2.0; I wonder what it’s going to cost for 3.0 firmware…

  • Justin

    2.1 is out for iPod Touch. Anyone venture enought to try it on their iPhone 3G? 🙂

  • Justin

    2.1 is out for iPod Touch. Anyone venture enought to try it on their iPhone 3G? 🙂

  • Justin

    2.1 is out for iPod Touch. Anyone venture enought to try it on their iPhone 3G? 🙂

  • Justin

    2.1 is out for iPod Touch. Anyone venture enought to try it on their iPhone 3G? 🙂

  • Ricky

    I was sort of expecting the iPhone Nano and MacBook Nano (compete with EEEEEEPC market) annonced. Well, I guess I need to wait and see their next conference then.

  • Ricky

    I was sort of expecting the iPhone Nano and MacBook Nano (compete with EEEEEEPC market) annonced. Well, I guess I need to wait and see their next conference then.

  • Ricky

    I was sort of expecting the iPhone Nano and MacBook Nano (compete with EEEEEEPC market) annonced. Well, I guess I need to wait and see their next conference then.

  • Ricky

    I was sort of expecting the iPhone Nano and MacBook Nano (compete with EEEEEEPC market) annonced. Well, I guess I need to wait and see their next conference then.

  • haha…as long as you have the latest it’s gonna be free. iPod Touch users have to pay though for updating to 2.0.

  • haha…as long as you have the latest it’s gonna be free. iPod Touch users have to pay though for updating to 2.0.

  • haha…as long as you have the latest it’s gonna be free. iPod Touch users have to pay though for updating to 2.0.

  • Don’t think it’ll work, but let me go try it now!

    NOT!!! 🙂

  • Don’t think it’ll work, but let me go try it now!

    NOT!!! 🙂

  • Don’t think it’ll work, but let me go try it now!

    NOT!!! 🙂

  • haha…as long as you have the latest it’s gonna be free. iPod Touch users have to pay though for updating to 2.0.

  • Don’t think it’ll work, but let me go try it now!

    NOT!!! 🙂

  • That’s probably going to be for the next event…who knows what Stevey J has in store. I’m waiting for an update to the MacBook lineup…:)

  • That’s probably going to be for the next event…who knows what Stevey J has in store. I’m waiting for an update to the MacBook lineup…:)

  • That’s probably going to be for the next event…who knows what Stevey J has in store. I’m waiting for an update to the MacBook lineup…:)

  • Denis

    Hey if you jailbroke your phone then I would suggest doing a full restore to 2.1 by putting your phone in DFU mode then connecting to iTunes 8 and setting it up as a new phone. This is what I’m going to do on Friday when 2.1 is available via iTunes. I just want to make sure that I get a ‘clean’ 2.1 with no remanence of the jailbreak files etc. Just a suggestion.

  • Denis

    Hey if you jailbroke your phone then I would suggest doing a full restore to 2.1 by putting your phone in DFU mode then connecting to iTunes 8 and setting it up as a new phone. This is what I’m going to do on Friday when 2.1 is available via iTunes. I just want to make sure that I get a ‘clean’ 2.1 with no remanence of the jailbreak files etc. Just a suggestion.

  • Denis

    Hey if you jailbroke your phone then I would suggest doing a full restore to 2.1 by putting your phone in DFU mode then connecting to iTunes 8 and setting it up as a new phone. This is what I’m going to do on Friday when 2.1 is available via iTunes. I just want to make sure that I get a ‘clean’ 2.1 with no remanence of the jailbreak files etc. Just a suggestion.

  • Denis

    Hey if you jailbroke your phone then I would suggest doing a full restore to 2.1 by putting your phone in DFU mode then connecting to iTunes 8 and setting it up as a new phone. This is what I’m going to do on Friday when 2.1 is available via iTunes. I just want to make sure that I get a ‘clean’ 2.1 with no remanence of the jailbreak files etc. Just a suggestion.

  • Luke

    Huh, so they’re not going to have the Genius and shake to shuffle feature on the latest iPhone firmware updates? That’s a shame.

  • Luke

    Huh, so they’re not going to have the Genius and shake to shuffle feature on the latest iPhone firmware updates? That’s a shame.

  • Luke

    Huh, so they’re not going to have the Genius and shake to shuffle feature on the latest iPhone firmware updates? That’s a shame.

  • Jeremy

    iPhone users got the update to 2.x for free. Only iPod Touch users had to pay.

  • Jeremy

    iPhone users got the update to 2.x for free. Only iPod Touch users had to pay.

  • Jeremy

    iPhone users got the update to 2.x for free. Only iPod Touch users had to pay.

  • Jan

    Interesting enough I suppose. Sounds like you 3G’ers will finally get your dues. I just hope it can be cracked, jailbroken and unlocked for my first gen. I’d rather not get left in the dust…come on Dev team! (Seems like they’ve had to work round the clock lately, what with Qwkpwn, new winpwn, pwnagetool etc.)

    “You can do it!”

  • Jan

    Interesting enough I suppose. Sounds like you 3G’ers will finally get your dues. I just hope it can be cracked, jailbroken and unlocked for my first gen. I’d rather not get left in the dust…come on Dev team! (Seems like they’ve had to work round the clock lately, what with Qwkpwn, new winpwn, pwnagetool etc.)

    “You can do it!”

  • Jan

    Interesting enough I suppose. Sounds like you 3G’ers will finally get your dues. I just hope it can be cracked, jailbroken and unlocked for my first gen. I’d rather not get left in the dust…come on Dev team! (Seems like they’ve had to work round the clock lately, what with Qwkpwn, new winpwn, pwnagetool etc.)

    “You can do it!”

  • Jan

    Interesting enough I suppose. Sounds like you 3G’ers will finally get your dues. I just hope it can be cracked, jailbroken and unlocked for my first gen. I’d rather not get left in the dust…come on Dev team! (Seems like they’ve had to work round the clock lately, what with Qwkpwn, new winpwn, pwnagetool etc.)

    “You can do it!”

  • Fazha

    Ugh. The ipod touch used to be 20$ cheaper in canada ($199 in the us, $179 in future shop). Now I see not only are we not cheaper, we’re more expensive! Now we have to pay $259 for the touch, which is only $20 cheaper than it was a week ago. So much for a drastic price reduction.

  • Fazha

    Ugh. The ipod touch used to be 20$ cheaper in canada ($199 in the us, $179 in future shop). Now I see not only are we not cheaper, we’re more expensive! Now we have to pay $259 for the touch, which is only $20 cheaper than it was a week ago. So much for a drastic price reduction.

  • Fazha

    Ugh. The ipod touch used to be 20$ cheaper in canada ($199 in the us, $179 in future shop). Now I see not only are we not cheaper, we’re more expensive! Now we have to pay $259 for the touch, which is only $20 cheaper than it was a week ago. So much for a drastic price reduction.

  • Fazha

    Ugh. The ipod touch used to be 20$ cheaper in canada ($199 in the us, $179 in future shop). Now I see not only are we not cheaper, we’re more expensive! Now we have to pay $259 for the touch, which is only $20 cheaper than it was a week ago. So much for a drastic price reduction.

  • bc

    2.1 on the iTouch looks good so far… free update for 2.0 owners

    much faster App installs and updates via iTunes, very fast backups now too.

  • bc

    2.1 on the iTouch looks good so far… free update for 2.0 owners

    much faster App installs and updates via iTunes, very fast backups now too.

  • bc

    2.1 on the iTouch looks good so far… free update for 2.0 owners

    much faster App installs and updates via iTunes, very fast backups now too.

  • Tony

    iTouch? I’ve never heard of this before. Wow haha sorry I couldn’t resist but ya for real its an ipod touch. Allright I g2g and listen to my iNano peace. 🙂

  • Tony

    iTouch? I’ve never heard of this before. Wow haha sorry I couldn’t resist but ya for real its an ipod touch. Allright I g2g and listen to my iNano peace. 🙂

  • Tony

    iTouch? I’ve never heard of this before. Wow haha sorry I couldn’t resist but ya for real its an ipod touch. Allright I g2g and listen to my iNano peace. 🙂

  • Tony

    iTouch? I’ve never heard of this before. Wow haha sorry I couldn’t resist but ya for real its an ipod touch. Allright I g2g and listen to my iNano peace. 🙂

  • You can be sure the Dev Team has already started…the game will never end (although it is fun to play around with the jailbreak).

  • You can be sure the Dev Team has already started…the game will never end (although it is fun to play around with the jailbreak).

  • You can be sure the Dev Team has already started…the game will never end (although it is fun to play around with the jailbreak).

  • haha. Yes, I hear iTouch all the time and every time I hear it, I cringe a little bit inside. It’s the iPod Touch but for some reason “iTouch” has happened to spread across the globe! 😉

  • haha. Yes, I hear iTouch all the time and every time I hear it, I cringe a little bit inside. It’s the iPod Touch but for some reason “iTouch” has happened to spread across the globe! 😉

  • haha. Yes, I hear iTouch all the time and every time I hear it, I cringe a little bit inside. It’s the iPod Touch but for some reason “iTouch” has happened to spread across the globe! 😉

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  • I just can’t stay quiet 🙂 If the day ever comes when they start charging for MAJOR firmware updates, why wouldn’t you pay for it??!! If it enhances your phone, makes things work better, gives you more features, etc… is it not worth 10 bucks? Think about it in a business sense. Apple employs x amount of people full time that work on firmware for all their products. They pay these people very, very well and being in business to make money, they have to see a good ROI (return on investment), thus sometimes they charge for the work these people do!!!

    Forget about it being the iPhone and think of let’s say… Adobe CS3, or Microsoft Office, etc… When these people come out with a major update, they charge an upgrade fee, right? What’s the difference??

    So, that said, if they end up charging way down the road for a firmware 3.0 release, then yes, I would pay 10 or even 20 bucks for it. 😀

  • I just can’t stay quiet 🙂 If the day ever comes when they start charging for MAJOR firmware updates, why wouldn’t you pay for it??!! If it enhances your phone, makes things work better, gives you more features, etc… is it not worth 10 bucks? Think about it in a business sense. Apple employs x amount of people full time that work on firmware for all their products. They pay these people very, very well and being in business to make money, they have to see a good ROI (return on investment), thus sometimes they charge for the work these people do!!!

    Forget about it being the iPhone and think of let’s say… Adobe CS3, or Microsoft Office, etc… When these people come out with a major update, they charge an upgrade fee, right? What’s the difference??

    So, that said, if they end up charging way down the road for a firmware 3.0 release, then yes, I would pay 10 or even 20 bucks for it. 😀

  • I just can’t stay quiet 🙂 If the day ever comes when they start charging for MAJOR firmware updates, why wouldn’t you pay for it??!! If it enhances your phone, makes things work better, gives you more features, etc… is it not worth 10 bucks? Think about it in a business sense. Apple employs x amount of people full time that work on firmware for all their products. They pay these people very, very well and being in business to make money, they have to see a good ROI (return on investment), thus sometimes they charge for the work these people do!!!

    Forget about it being the iPhone and think of let’s say… Adobe CS3, or Microsoft Office, etc… When these people come out with a major update, they charge an upgrade fee, right? What’s the difference??

    So, that said, if they end up charging way down the road for a firmware 3.0 release, then yes, I would pay 10 or even 20 bucks for it. 😀

  • I just can’t stay quiet 🙂 If the day ever comes when they start charging for MAJOR firmware updates, why wouldn’t you pay for it??!! If it enhances your phone, makes things work better, gives you more features, etc… is it not worth 10 bucks? Think about it in a business sense. Apple employs x amount of people full time that work on firmware for all their products. They pay these people very, very well and being in business to make money, they have to see a good ROI (return on investment), thus sometimes they charge for the work these people do!!!

    Forget about it being the iPhone and think of let’s say… Adobe CS3, or Microsoft Office, etc… When these people come out with a major update, they charge an upgrade fee, right? What’s the difference??

    So, that said, if they end up charging way down the road for a firmware 3.0 release, then yes, I would pay 10 or even 20 bucks for it. 😀

  • ifokust

    LMAO@ iTouch

  • ifokust

    LMAO@ iTouch

  • ifokust

    LMAO@ iTouch

  • ifokust

    LMAO@ iTouch

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  • baba

    It is Friday afternoon however, I do not see 2.1 update on apple Canada’s sites. What gives

  • baba

    It is Friday afternoon however, I do not see 2.1 update on apple Canada’s sites. What gives

  • baba

    It is Friday afternoon however, I do not see 2.1 update on apple Canada’s sites. What gives

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  • golam

    have recently updated itunes 8.0. Now, my iPhone does not sync though it is recognized by itunes. The Device tab says : Setup as a new iPhoneRestore from backup of ….phone It was backed up when it updated itunes 8. Now, I choose ‘Restore from back up …’ but nothing happens. The iPhone has all the information that I had before the update, but there is no music in the iPhone, which means it’s not synchronizing. Please help me. Thanks, Golam

  • golam

    have recently updated itunes 8.0. Now, my iPhone does not sync though it is recognized by itunes. The Device tab says : Setup as a new iPhoneRestore from backup of ….phone It was backed up when it updated itunes 8. Now, I choose ‘Restore from back up …’ but nothing happens. The iPhone has all the information that I had before the update, but there is no music in the iPhone, which means it’s not synchronizing. Please help me. Thanks, Golam

  • golam

    have recently updated itunes 8.0. Now, my iPhone does not sync though it is recognized by itunes. The Device tab says : Setup as a new iPhoneRestore from backup of ….phone It was backed up when it updated itunes 8. Now, I choose ‘Restore from back up …’ but nothing happens. The iPhone has all the information that I had before the update, but there is no music in the iPhone, which means it’s not synchronizing. Please help me. Thanks, Golam

  • Well, of course, it doesn’t restore your music. It restores your info only. I own an iPod Touch and will buy an iPhone soon. Keep on going, guys.

    Steve Jobs
    Apple Inc.

  • Well, of course, it doesn’t restore your music. It restores your info only. I own an iPod Touch and will buy an iPhone soon. Keep on going, guys.

    Steve Jobs
    Apple Inc.

  • Well, of course, it doesn’t restore your music. It restores your info only. I own an iPod Touch and will buy an iPhone soon. Keep on going, guys.

    Steve Jobs
    Apple Inc.

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