iPhone 2.0.2

19 08 2008

I’m glad that Apple is taking steps to improve iPhone 2.0. The 2.0.2 update was released today, just two weeks after the 2.0.1 update was released.
Apple doesn’t give much information on what it fixes, the only description given is “bug fixes”. There is hope that people with the 3G models will see their connectivity issues fixed. (Since I’m still using the older model, I haven’t experienced these problems.) There is also hope that the lag in the keyboard will be fixed (which irritates me to no end!)

Just to download the update takes a while to complete, and expect the backup and installation to take a while too. I’ll let you know what changes once mine finishes.

Update:
It seems like there are not any major changes, which I was not expecting anyway. Applications are loading a little bit faster, and the lag that I’ve noticed with the keyboard seems to be fixed. I usually had this lag when using the search feature in my contacts list, now this comes up a lot faster and the letters appear as soon as they are typed. Let’s give it a couple of days and see if these improvements in speed are fixed for good.
It’s also being reported that 2.0.2 provides a temporary fix for a few of the 3G problems — maybe. Read the article at Ars Technica.

Update – 8/21/2008:
Some iPhone 3G users have reported that they do not have the ability to make calls after updating to 2.0.2. Read the full article on Infinite Loop (Ars Technica).

Update – 8/22/2008:
I was really excited after updating when the keyboard lag I had been seeing seemed to disappear. But, like I said when I initially wrote this post, I would wait a few days to see if the “fix” was permanent. Yesterday, I was using the search function in my contacts, and it went back to taking forever to come up, and the letters didn’t show up as soon I typed them. So, that was only “fixed” for a couple days. *sigh*

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iPhone 2.0.1 Update

5 08 2008

Apple released the iPhone 2.0.1 update yesterday. The update brings us bug fixes, so I’m hoping my phone (and anyone else who has had the same problems) will stop restarting on its own and stop running so slowly.

While I’m still in the process of updating my phone, I’ve heard from others that the update does NOT bring copy and paste, unfortunately. Considering that the version number did not change that much, there are probably not going to be any big functionality changes. I think that it will take a few days to realize what bugs have been fixed.

Update – 8/13/08:
I noticed today when I synced my music that this update seems to fix one of my biggest pet peeves. Before, syncing would literally reinstall your applications, making it necessary to reorganize your icons to your desired setup and login in again to any applications that needed it. After syncing my phone today, though, all of my applications are in the same spots and on the right homescreens. Also, I stayed logged in to all of my applications. Thank you Apple for fixing this!





Empty Network Connection and Device Manager

3 08 2008

My boyfriend had the oddest problem this morning with his computer. Just thought I’d share it with everyone, maybe it will prove to be helpful for someone having the same problem.

Background:
I use the wireless on my macbook; he plugs directly in to the wireless router with his XP desktop. I was connected just fine this morning, but he had no internet connection, no icon in the task bar, and no connections in “Network Connections”.

Steps:
My first thought was maybe the network adapter drivers somehow got uninstalled. I asked my boyfriend first off what he did with his computer last night, trying to see if he had done anything out of the ordinary. He had only been listening to music and going to myspace.
I checked the Device Manger, only to find it completely empty – not even the computer name showed up. Restart? He already did that. That’s when it’s time for Google.

Helpful Sites:
This forum provided a lot of suggestions, which maybe or may not be helpful. The suggestions didn’t fix all of my problems, however, I was able to get the device manger list populated again. It turns out that the plug and play service was disabled. Changing it to automatic and starting the service re-populated the device manger.
Unfortunately, the network connections list was still empty. I found that this Microsoft Knowledge Base Article was EXTREMELY helpful (surprising, I know. This maybe be one of the first useful KBs I’ve ever seen!) There a lot of different cases, and several methods that you can try. I finally got to the point where I had to make sure that the Remote procedure call, network connections, plug and play, COM+ event system, remote access connection manager, and telephony services were all started. Interestingly, all of them had been disabled. Setting all to automatic and start the services brought back the network connections.

New Problems:
It always seem that bad things happen in threes, right? Well, this was no exception. After successfully fixing the two empty lists, I was still unable to connect to the internet. I was trying acquire a network address forever. Hmm… does this have something to do with practically every service disabled?
I looked up the default status for all services and found this list. I changed every service whose default was “Automatic” and started each of those services. Doing this allowed the computer to finally to acquire a network address and connect to the internet.

It’s completely satisfying to fix a problem like this (makes me feel more confident in my skills!) Please let me know if this post has helped you solve a similar problem!





Problems with iPhone 2.0

29 07 2008

I, like many others, was looking forward to iPhone 2.0 and 3G day. Many of us stuck it out while Apple’s servers wanted to collapse from all the traffic. We downloaded app upon app, figuring out which ones were useful, novelty, or just plain pointless. Well, after we all praised our new phones and software (with the exception of MobileMe), we started to realize that everything wasn’t so perfect after all.

Here are the things that I find most annoying about my iPhone after the 2.0 update. I’m putting the 4 that are freshest in my mind, but as I think of more (because I’m sure there are more), I’ll add them.

1. My battery life has gone down the drain. Before the update, I didn’t think that the battery life was too bad. I mean, sure it could have been better, but it wasn’t as bad as it is now. Everyday I am down to 20% of battery life. Is this a scheme to get all of us to buy a second charger or a car charger? I hate more than anything when my phone dies, and it is just too often of an occurrence now.

2. Syncing has now become a pain in my ass. If I want to sync anything else (pictures, music, etc.), I have to “re-sync” my applications. What I mean by this is you HAVE TO select that you want to sync your applications, otherwise it will delete all of them from your phone. But once you re-sync, all of your logins are cleared from your applications, and everything is in a different order than it was before. So you waste your time putting it in again when all you really want to do is use the application. Why isn’t there an option to not sync them, but in a way that just leaves everything the way that it is?

2b. ¬†Another thing that is sort of related to this is the process of updates for applications. Here is an example: Pandora is on homescreen #4 on my phone and NetNewsWire is on homescreen #1. I updated both of them today. Well, it’s nice that it gets rid of the old version of the application, and it’s great if the application you are updating is the last icon of the first homescreen, like my NetNewsWire is. However, Pandora was now placed in the last spot of the first homescreen. Why doesn’t the application just get updated and stay in the same spot that it was in to begin with? It almost makes all of the organization pointless since it constantly has to be redone.

3. Why do we not have copy and paste? I know that Apple stated it was not top priority, and I know that MagicPad (still waiting for approval for the app store) can do copy and paste. Mind you, this is only copy and paste within that one application, it doesn’t work with Safari or Mail. It just kills me that one of the most basic text-editing functions hasn’t been included yet.

4. My phone seems to have a mind of it’s own, or it’s just really unhappy. Before iPhone 2.0, my phone would RARELY restart on it’s own. After the update, I can’t even count how many times it’s just restarted randomly. I’m just using an application, or closing one down, and everything goes black. Eventually I see the silver apple, and I know my battery didn’t die, at least. But why does it do this? And I switching between applications too fast?

With all the problems I, and many other iPhone users, have been having, it’s not suprising to read an article titled “Is Apple Becoming Microsoft” (which is similar to this article.) The main points that the first article makes are:

  • hardware shortages of extremely popular products
  • computers crashing during activation at Apple and AT&T stores
  • buggy 2.0 software, which Apple “inflicted” on their customers
  • formal apology for MobileMe performance
  • installing software on user’s computers without their knowledge

Ok, I think it is a little harsh, and I wouldn’t necessarily go so far as to say that Apple is becoming Microsoft. However, I do believe that some of the things that they have done could have been handled better. To me it seems like some more planning could have been done. But just because of that doesn’t mean they are now Microsoft, because there a plenty of companies out there that could have benefited from a better plan.

Finally, I know that this is not Apple’s fault, but it is so sad to see a really cool application be unusable by anyone because of the city that they live in. I live in Reno, NV and sure, it’s the “biggest little city in the world”, but it’s not THAT small. And it’s sad to not see us on the list of supported cities in some of these applications.

The one that I was most looking forward to was UrbanSpoon. I think this is an awesome application, and something that I would actually use. (Somehow I am friends with people who are all just like me – extremely indecisive when it comes down to where to eat, or even what kind of food to eat.) When this first came out, instead of telling the user that their city was not supported, the application just crashed. They have since come out with an update, which tells you your city is not on the list and asks you if you would like to suggest a city. Why, yes, I would! I applaud them for trying to make this application better (but I still wish I could use it NOW!)

What are the things that bug you the most about the software update / iPhone 3G? Do you think Apple is becoming Microsoft? And what applications have you been unable to use?





Today is the day!

11 07 2008

It’s July 11th everyone, and we all know what that means – iPhone 2.0 software and iPhone 3G day! While some of us (ie. me) aren’t getting a new phone, we can still look forward to the new software, including the App Store, which launched yesterday.
I downloaded iTunes 7.7 yesterday and looked through all of the free apps (not ready to commit to buying apps at this point.) I downloaded a few, but had to wait today to actually use them. (Ok, I know, there was an unofficial release of the update yesterday, but for the same reason that I never jailbroke my iPhone, I decided to wait until the official release.) Speaking of jailbreaking, there is news that iPhone 2.0 has already been jailbroken (that was quick!). The Lifehacker article was particularly good.
Anyway, back on track, I’m sure everyone has their own personal opinions on the new software, but here’s mine:

It took a while to back up, prepare, and restore both software and firmware on my iPhone. But I guess so does reformatting a computer, so I should be used to it. I guess I was just really excited for it that my normal impatience was even worse waiting for this.
Once it finished restoring, it had to restart, and I assumed it would be something like when you first got the phone, and you had to go through all sorts of setup. Well, I was waiting, and waiting, and waiting while it accessed the iTunes store and then I got this error message:

Ok, so try again. Nope, same error message. *Sigh* how long is this going to take?
I guess me and my opinion of the apps are going to have to wait until I get this figured out.
More to come…





Counting Down

3 07 2008

The 3G iPhone is coming out on July 11th at 8am – will you be there?
Personally, I won’t. I just got my iPhone and don’t think that the new features (that are specific to the phone, not the software) are worth buying another one. On top of that, rates are increasing along with text messaging not being included. Although, for people who may not already own an iPhone, I think that this is the prime time to get one (the price decrease in the phone may make up somewhat for the rate increase).
I am very excited for the software update though, and cannot wait to explore the app store! And I am for some odd reason extremely excited about being able to search contacts.
FYI: Apple posted a guide to the 3G iPhone. In case you didn’t already know, or haven’t seen it, here is the link: http://www.apple.com/iphone/guidedtour/ Some of it just goes over basic features of the iPhone that you already know about if you already have one, but other parts showcase new features.





Apple’s Defining Moment

26 06 2008

I got into a good discussion last night with my boyfriend about Apple. And then the topic of what product really made Apple so widely known. Let me preface that: Apple has, for the most part, been a stable company, sure they have had their hard times, but they still strove and were still able to compete in the market. But their products had always been purchased by a certain niche of consumers. Those people who hate Microsoft (I don’t hate Microsoft, but I don’t love it either) and refuse to use anything created by them. Those people who don’t mind spending a large chunk of their paycheck (or all of it) to get a new MacBook, cinema display, etc. And Apple had been so proprietary before now too; iPods initially only worked with Macs. So, after these notes, what was it that made Apple not so much more widely know or more popular, but so much bigger? It seems like you can’t go anywhere without hearing about Apple on the news, on a blog, in discussion with friends or coworkers. Was it the iPod itself? Was it opening up the iPod to be used on Windows? Was it the iPhone?
I think it is all pretty opinion based. And maybe also depends on when you decided that Apple was worth taking another look it (if you weren’t already using Apple’s products). For instance, my boyfriend’s opinion was that once the iPod could be used on a Windows PC, Apple really started to boom and become a viable choice for the mass consumer. However, in my opinion it was the iPhone. Yes, the iPod did change Apple, but I think that because the iPhone was SO different than anything on the market at the time, it really made Apple stand out and make people think that Apple could really be on to something. As far as I can remember, there wasn’t really a phone like the iPhone last summer. Yes, there were smart phones, but nothing like that. Additionally, I think it was a great way for all of Apple’s products to get promoted. Even if you couldn’t afford an iPhone, at least you now would maybe consider buying an iPod.
What makes me believe even more that the iPhone was Apple’s defining moment, is the surge of competitors imitations. Well, maybe not so much imitations, but phones that offer the same features, that kind of look similar and that are so much different than what they had been previously producing. The iPod did spur some change too, most noticeably the Zune. But they weren’t the first MP3 players (even though I know they played more than just MP3s), and they kind of got into a market and produced something that wasn’t so different. But the iPhone was the first of it’s kind and I think that is what makes a company – having an idea for something so different and following through with that idea.
Feel free to comment and tell me what you think is Apple’s defining moment.