Hong Kong Tech Phooey

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Apple Released iPhone Software 2.0.2


[Update: 21 August 2008] Finally found the time to perform the update and thank God, this time around it was much more smoother and faster and no hiccups whatsoever, unlike the last update (see previous post – CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – More Woes in Updating iPhone 3G to V.2.0.1. The whole process took less than half an hour.  Woot, all happy now.

[19 August 2008] Apple just released another iPhone software update to version 2.0.2 and no it doesn’t fix the 3G reception problem, at least not yet.  Reports on forum indicated that some users actually have WORSE 3G reception after the update.  So what does it fix? well, according to iPhone Atlas, “typing and scrolling, which were plagued by extreme lag and slowness prior this update, are now operating at acceptable speeds for many users, but not all”.  The update weighs in at around 249MB.  With the last update, I would advise users the following -

  • DO NOT perform the update while you’re in the office (God knows how long it would take or how many times you need to do it over again if it turned into a brick), best to do it when you get home tonight;
  • remember to set your call forward on to your house phone or other land lines or alternatively if you have another 3G phone with another 3G card, swap them (the swap only works with unlock iPhones here in Hong Kong).  By doing so, you won’t miss any of your calls;
  • turn airplane mode off;

If the update fails, try the following work-arounds from iPhone Atlas on the last firmware updates -

  • The first thing to try is simply multiple attempts. The iPhone may fail to update on the first attempt, but succeed in restoring on the second or third attempt. Failing that, your copy of the update may be corrupt. Try deleting it and re-downloading it.  Delete the update that resides in the following directories:
  • under Mac OS X: ~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates
  • under Windows XP: C:/documents and settings/[yourusername]/Application Data/Apple Computer/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates
  • under Windows Vista: C:/users/[yourusername]/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates
  • The fix in other cases is to reinstall iTunes. Simply download the package, run the installer and restart.

Failing that, under Mac OS X, try deleting the following files:

  • /System/Library/Extensions/AppleMobileDevice.kext
  • /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/DeviceLink.framework
  • /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/MobileDevice.framework
  • /Library/Receipts/AppleMobileDeviceSupport.pkg

then reinstall iTunes.

Another potential fix is to put the iPhone in recovery mode then restore it.

Good luck updating all, you’ll probably need it.

Source – iPhone Atlas

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August 22, 2008 - Posted by | Apple, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, iPod, iTunes, Software | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. With all the hassles everytime an update is released, we’d be better off with another phone.

    Comment by Den | August 19, 2008 | Reply

  2. Worked perfectly for me, no hassle. Downloaded in about 10 mins, took about 10 mins to install and the phone was perfect. Scrolling – esp in contacts – smoother and there’s no lag.

    I’ve had no issues with 2.0 or 2.0.1 either though. 3G reception for me has been sweet in HK

    Comment by Walnut | August 20, 2008 | Reply


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