iPhone 2.1 firmware released : This should have been 2.0

Apple’s embarrassed release of 2.1, Steve Job’s 30 seconds of spiel about bug fixes not withstanding, seems to have cured many of the big irritations of the original device. Even GPS seems to be working ok now.

Contact searching is much smoother, the network signal seems accurate(ish), backing up is definitely faster (seconds instead of 10 minutes plus), and applications are installed faster. This is all great news.

Unfortunately this has rendered the iPhone only up to the level it should have been originally. It’s not as if Apple simultaneously develop 10’s of handsets models (unlike Samsung & Nokia), so should have isolated most of the bugs before launch.

Yet even now, the iPhone seriously lacks many features that other smartphone users take for granted. Not least cut and paste!