So if you're using an iPhone 3G especially, race over to iTunes (which you did just laboriously reinstalled, right?) and download the iPhone Software Update 2.1 release. Or, wait and see how it goes. I will say this: After several painful dropped calls while in Seattle, I'm ready to take my iPhone 3G back to AT&T and just throw it at the first customer service rep I see. It's a disaster. If this update doesn't fix things, and I mean really fix things, I might just give up. The reliability/expense equation is not working out in the device's favor at all.

More info on the Apple Web site, which is treating this release just a little bit different than your typical iPhone update. Just a bit.

The iPhone 2.1 software update

The iPhone 2.1 software update contains many bug fixes and improvements. To get it, connect your iPhone to your computer using iTunes 8 and click Check for Update.

Update includes:

  • Decrease in call set-up failures and dropped calls
  • Significantly better battery life for most users
  • Dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes
  • Improved email reliability, notably fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
  • Faster installation of 3rd party applications
  • Fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes for users with lots of third 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

OK, maybe more than a bit. :)