Apple has unexpectedly released an updated version 2.0.2 of the iPhone firmware, but not many details were provided as to what the update included, other than it “fixes bugs.” Which bugs you ask?
At a little under 249 MB, the latest iPhone firmware update, version 2.0.2, is about the same size as the previous patch. While many had hoped for fixes to the 3G connectivity issues the device has been experiencing, reports on Apple’s support forums seem to indicate there may be no fix in this patch.
Tests by Apple enthusiast site iPhoneBuzz appeared to claim initially that 2.0.2 did improve 3G functionality, however the methods used have since been called into question by some.
Some users on iPhone enthusiast sites have reported seeing differences in reception, however, but there are also quite a few who just were not sure if anything had changed. No new settings have appeared, according to those who have pored through the update, and some report experiencing reduced typing lag. That problem is part of a bigger issue that many are experiencing with the second generation firmware — general slowness.
As usual, a version can be downloaded directly from Apple’s servers or through iTunes. And, as always, this update will de-pwn your iPhone, should you have previously pwned it for command-line shell access and third-party Cydia applications. If you’ve upgraded your iPhone or iPod touch, drop us a note in the comments and let us know what you’ve found that’s new.