Apple, today, released the much anticipated iPhone 2.1 firmware update.  This is a major update that addresses a number of issues, not the least of which is the app crashing problem plaguing certain users that have lots of 3rd party apps loaded on their device (myself included).

Features include:

  • decrease in call set-up failures and call drops
  • significantly improve battery life for most users
  • dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes
  • improve email reliability, notably fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
  • faster installation of 3rd party applications
  • fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes if you have lots of 3rd 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

Any significant OS update brings with it the chance that certain applications will break due to under-the-hood changes.  The iPhone is no exception to this rule, and so far we've seen one application break under firmware 2.1: Zen Pinball: Rollercoaster from ZEN Studios.

Seeing this, we expect to find a number of other apps similarly afflicted by this latest update.  Developers of applications so affected will certainly post updates that restore compatibility soon, and we will keep readers updated of which apps require an update as we encounter them.

Please let us know of any such incompatibilites you encounter.

( Thanks Raphael Salgado for the initial report )

  • Arthur Lim

    The sound effect (SFX) of Toy Bot Diaries seem to be affected as well. The background music is not affected.

  • Arthur Lim

    The sound effect (SFX) of Toy Bot Diaries seem to be affected as well. The background music is not affected.

  • Joshua Curtiss

    ack! Good to know. Just got that game.

  • Joshua Curtiss

    ack! Good to know. Just got that game.

  • Nagromme

    You can take 10% of my apps away from me until they get updated. Just keep me protected from unexpected-quits. Do we have a deal? :)

  • Nagromme

    You can take 10% of my apps away from me until they get updated. Just keep me protected from unexpected-quits. Do we have a deal? :)

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  • http://myspace.com/battlebornmusic Battle Born

    I'm sure lots of developers are going to love the extra work they now have to do. I'm going to wait a bit before updating and see how this pans out...
    looks like a good update though

  • http://myspace.com/battlebornmusic Battle Born

    I'm sure lots of developers are going to love the extra work they now have to do. I'm going to wait a bit before updating and see how this pans out...
    looks like a good update though

  • icepulse

    I can confirm the Last.FM app is useless until updated. I'm not the only one who discovered this.

    It's to be expected.

  • icepulse

    I can confirm the Last.FM app is useless until updated. I'm not the only one who discovered this.

    It's to be expected.

  • MaGCoL

    I don't know if it's just me, but the "drifting sound" on Asphalt 4 has gone bit crazy. Need to turn the sounds off if I want to play the game without damaging my ears :(

    EDIT: Now that I try to start a race the whole game freezes. Pushing the home button quits the game though. I have to try if resetting the phone helps.

  • MaGCoL

    I don't know if it's just me, but the "drifting sound" on Asphalt 4 has gone bit crazy. Need to turn the sounds off if I want to play the game without damaging my ears :(

    EDIT: Now that I try to start a race the whole game freezes. Pushing the home button quits the game though. I have to try if resetting the phone helps.

  • grammy

    Brain tuner crashes.

  • grammy

    Brain tuner crashes.

  • http://www.chucksmith.de Chuck Smith

    Truphone caused an "out of memory error" on me today and kept ringing the phone I was dialing. Don't know if this is a problem just for me or not.

  • http://www.chucksmith.de Chuck Smith

    Truphone caused an "out of memory error" on me today and kept ringing the phone I was dialing. Don't know if this is a problem just for me or not.

  • Ryan

    I'm getting no audio in Last.FM and when I pressed the stop button, it crashed.

  • Ryan

    I'm getting no audio in Last.FM and when I pressed the stop button, it crashed.

  • Chuck L

    I use Last.fm a lot, so I may have to wait until this is sorted out before I upgrade.

  • Chuck L

    I use Last.fm a lot, so I may have to wait until this is sorted out before I upgrade.

  • Finch

    I installed it today. All my games still work (that I've tested) and installing new games is super fast. Funky Punch Lite took about 10-15 seconds. I was up to 3 minute install times even for Papiriver before 2.1.

  • Finch

    I installed it today. All my games still work (that I've tested) and installing new games is super fast. Funky Punch Lite took about 10-15 seconds. I was up to 3 minute install times even for Papiriver before 2.1.

  • http://www.allaboutiphone.net James @ All About iPhone

    Just chiming in to confirm the Asphalt and Pinball problem, updates soon... hopefully.

  • http://www.allaboutiphone.net James @ All About iPhone

    Just chiming in to confirm the Asphalt and Pinball problem, updates soon... hopefully.

  • Bryan

    All of my 3rd party apps were crashing when I first updated...
    Deleated and reinstalled them and they seem to be working fine now...

  • Bryan

    All of my 3rd party apps were crashing when I first updated...
    Deleated and reinstalled them and they seem to be working fine now...

  • vandy1997

    Someone should contact those developers so that they're aware of the issues and fix them as soon as possible. This will likely be an ongoing issue, since Apple puts out a good amount of updates. Hopefully not all of them will affect the apps, and hopefully some of them will contain features that have been requested since the first generation iPhone was introduced.

  • vandy1997

    Someone should contact those developers so that they're aware of the issues and fix them as soon as possible. This will likely be an ongoing issue, since Apple puts out a good amount of updates. Hopefully not all of them will affect the apps, and hopefully some of them will contain features that have been requested since the first generation iPhone was introduced.

  • http://www.didigetthingsdone.com Andrew Mason

    Yep, Zen Pinball is crocked for me too. Everything else on my phone does seem OK though..

  • http://www.didigetthingsdone.com Andrew Mason

    Yep, Zen Pinball is crocked for me too. Everything else on my phone does seem OK though..

  • whooley

    Yup, in both Toy Bot Diaries and the demo some sounds are corrupted.

    Other games seem fine though.

  • whooley

    Yup, in both Toy Bot Diaries and the demo some sounds are corrupted.

    Other games seem fine though.

  • Tom

    Voice Dialer no longer works. It launches but doesn't appear to react to any voice commands.

  • Tom

    Voice Dialer no longer works. It launches but doesn't appear to react to any voice commands.

  • scott

    Asphalt fans, check your options for sound. There are separate controls for the background music and the sound effects. The 2.1 update defaults to 100% volume. The volume control buttons on the iPhone only controls the background music resulting in the unpleasant screech while drifting.

  • scott

    Asphalt fans, check your options for sound. There are separate controls for the background music and the sound effects. The 2.1 update defaults to 100% volume. The volume control buttons on the iPhone only controls the background music resulting in the unpleasant screech while drifting.

  • Marc

    Well, in Alli's Jigsaw Puzzle I can't select a new image for it, using the included ones all work fine. Doesn't work on either my 1g or 2g.

  • Marc

    Well, in Alli's Jigsaw Puzzle I can't select a new image for it, using the included ones all work fine. Doesn't work on either my 1g or 2g.

  • Zingy

    I can confirm the same problem with Toy Bot, the background music is fine but the sound effects are horribly distorted on my iPod touch; it's unplayable. I sent an e-mail to the dev about it.

  • Zingy

    I can confirm the same problem with Toy Bot, the background music is fine but the sound effects are horribly distorted on my iPod touch; it's unplayable. I sent an e-mail to the dev about it.

  • Jimothy

    I don't remember Koi Pond being this loud...

  • Jimothy

    I don't remember Koi Pond being this loud...

  • dk206

    I've got tonnes of apps and they work fine!! I've got like 18(two screens worth of them)
    Ahhhhh no keyboard lag. Best firmware up to date
    And wifi seems quicker too! Loving it!

  • dk206

    I've got tonnes of apps and they work fine!! I've got like 18(two screens worth of them)
    Ahhhhh no keyboard lag. Best firmware up to date
    And wifi seems quicker too! Loving it!

  • Paul

    Reception still as bad as ever where I live. Safari crashed on me as soon as I used it (using the linkedin web site). So far this update has done nothing for me.

  • Paul

    Reception still as bad as ever where I live. Safari crashed on me as soon as I used it (using the linkedin web site). So far this update has done nothing for me.

  • tingting

    @dk206: I hope you are joking. Two screens of 18 apps is hardly a "tonne" compared to most of us... I have 7 pages worth of apps that I have synced to my iPhone with several more apps I haven't synced.

    Unfortunately for me, I can't even update since my computer died and seems to be unrecoverable... :(

  • tingting

    @dk206: I hope you are joking. Two screens of 18 apps is hardly a "tonne" compared to most of us... I have 7 pages worth of apps that I have synced to my iPhone with several more apps I haven't synced.

    Unfortunately for me, I can't even update since my computer died and seems to be unrecoverable... :(

  • http://www.valkyriestudio.net Mike

    I intend to e-mail the developer, but for anyone reading, it seems Lexitron has some sound issues as well (loud screeching whenever a sound plays). Luckily it can just be muted, but it never did this before.

  • http://www.valkyriestudio.net Mike

    I intend to e-mail the developer, but for anyone reading, it seems Lexitron has some sound issues as well (loud screeching whenever a sound plays). Luckily it can just be muted, but it never did this before.

  • gtooz

    the hour and date settings its crashed *only me?*

  • gtooz

    the hour and date settings its crashed *only me?*

  • Yoman

    I have been putting together a list of all apps affected by the 2.1 software update on a forum post. So for over 15 apps may be affected. Here is the link.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=561880

  • Yoman

    I have been putting together a list of all apps affected by the 2.1 software update on a forum post. So for over 15 apps may be affected. Here is the link.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=561880

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  • KEYPAD

    wow Key Pad is a MASSIVE improvment Most noticible
    and wi-fi seems alot quicker too
    i don't really see any faster booting time or menu flicking (in settings)
    and i still haven't used this alot so don't know about the Battery life for now

  • KEYPAD

    wow Key Pad is a MASSIVE improvment Most noticible
    and wi-fi seems alot quicker too
    i don't really see any faster booting time or menu flicking (in settings)
    and i still haven't used this alot so don't know about the Battery life for now

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  • PJ

    It seems as if AOL's AIM application is not working since 2.1 either...

  • PJ

    It seems as if AOL's AIM application is not working since 2.1 either...

  • Alt

    I noticed that I have issue with Nullsoft Tuner after I installed 2.1. Some radio streams skipping playback all the time, kind of weird, same thing on wi-fi or 3g, first I thought it was my wireless router issue, but is same thing over 3g.

  • Alt

    I noticed that I have issue with Nullsoft Tuner after I installed 2.1. Some radio streams skipping playback all the time, kind of weird, same thing on wi-fi or 3g, first I thought it was my wireless router issue, but is same thing over 3g.

  • http://www.stpatricksday.com Seth

    The update fixed my issue with the UConnect system in my Charger. It works excellent now. I had about 10 updates to apps, but I haven't noticed that anything else was broken. All in all, good work Apple.

  • http://www.stpatricksday.com Seth

    The update fixed my issue with the UConnect system in my Charger. It works excellent now. I had about 10 updates to apps, but I haven't noticed that anything else was broken. All in all, good work Apple.

  • Skidmark

    Monkey Ball shows the splash screen, then quits. I deleted it, re-installed it, re-downloaded it from the App Store.

  • Skidmark

    Monkey Ball shows the splash screen, then quits. I deleted it, re-installed it, re-downloaded it from the App Store.

  • http://digicide.com digicide

    Yeah, I'm the developer of Lexitron-- I'm severely annoyed that Apple decided to break my app. I hope they put out another update very soon, because I do not feel like finding workarounds for their glitch.

  • http://digicide.com digicide

    Yeah, I'm the developer of Lexitron-- I'm severely annoyed that Apple decided to break my app. I hope they put out another update very soon, because I do not feel like finding workarounds for their glitch.

  • Chad

    AIM has not worked for me since the firmware upgrade even after reinstalling the app. Anyone else have this issue?

  • Chad

    AIM has not worked for me since the firmware upgrade even after reinstalling the app. Anyone else have this issue?

  • Nilesh Patel

    Texas Hold them crashes, so does platinum solitaire

  • Nilesh Patel

    Texas Hold them crashes, so does platinum solitaire

  • http://www.Sophiacom.fr/ Sophiacom

    Hi, YouNote has some issues as well. But a new release will be uploaded today or tomorow with nice enhancements (restore/backup on a desktop).

  • http://www.Sophiacom.fr/ Sophiacom

    Hi, YouNote has some issues as well. But a new release will be uploaded today or tomorow with nice enhancements (restore/backup on a desktop).

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  • Skidmark

    I have both AIM and Texas Hold 'em and both are working fine under 2.1. The only app not working for me is Monkey Ball. I would love to have someone confirm whether it's just me or not.

  • Skidmark

    I have both AIM and Texas Hold 'em and both are working fine under 2.1. The only app not working for me is Monkey Ball. I would love to have someone confirm whether it's just me or not.

  • MBQ

    I and several other users seem to be having the same problem with Super Monkey Ball. It crashes on launch after updating to 2.1. Nothing I've tried, from restoring the phone to re-downloading the app, etc. has fixed the issue. I've filed a bug with Apple, but no more info yet.

  • MBQ

    I and several other users seem to be having the same problem with Super Monkey Ball. It crashes on launch after updating to 2.1. Nothing I've tried, from restoring the phone to re-downloading the app, etc. has fixed the issue. I've filed a bug with Apple, but no more info yet.

  • dave

    having problems on 2.1 with:
    iphoneviderecorder 3g

    bugdom 2

    ifish

    snapture

  • dave

    having problems on 2.1 with:
    iphoneviderecorder 3g

    bugdom 2

    ifish

    snapture

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