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Archive for August, 2008

After spending a day with 2.0.2, it doesn’t appear that too many of the bug fixes were directed at the first generation iPhone. Here’s my experience after a day of using the new update.

The Good

All of my apps worked after installing the update. 2.0.1 required that I uninstall and then download all of my apps again to get them to work. This appears to be a 2.x bug and Apple is working on a fix for September so your experiences may vary.

The contact application is usable for the first time for me. Before, I experienced long load times and plenty of scrolling lag.

The Bad

Safari: Still one of the worst applications on the iPhone. So far, I haven’t experienced any crashes yet with 2.0.2 but stability has been a huge issue in the past for me since the 2.x update. None of the other problems I was having seem to have been resolved. Safari still doesn’t remember which page you left off on and changing pages means that a reload is necessary. Page load times seem to be higher and keyboard and scrolling lag is still an issue especially when the site is loading.

The Ugly

My iPhone has completely frozen when reading email and using Safari. This has never happened since I bought the phone back in October. The touch screen doesn’t respond and the home button doesn’t work. I have to reboot the phone to get it to work again. Not good.

Apple, I really hope 2.1 is what 2.0 should have been. If it isn’t, please hold off until it’s ready. Perhaps it’s time to do a Snow Leopard type update on the iPhone and only concentrate on bug fixes and speed improvements for the next 6 months.

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Today and tomorrow (August 14 & 15) WEEI, NESN, and the Red Sox are trying to raise $4 million for the Jimmy Fund. For those of you who are unaware of what the Jimmy Fund is, it is a cause setup to support children and adults with their battle against cancer. The Jimmy Fund and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute do an amazing job of providing hope to the thousands of people diagnosed with this disease each year.

If you are looking for one place to donate money to this year, please consider the Jummy Fund. Over the next 2 days, WEEI is hosting a telethon to raise the $4 million. Listen to their broadcast for 5 minutes and I guarantee you will agree that this is an amazing program. I’m not affiliated with the any of the involved parties and my family has been fortunate enough to not have to deal with cancer for the past few years. However, as a devoted Boston sports fan, I’m always tuned into WEEI’s great sports radio broadcast and the days in August where they interrupt the normal sports radio routine to raise money for this great cause, are best days to listen all year. You can not help but be brought to tears and be inspired by the stories you’ll hear.

Update: It looks like the goal was exceeded…unofficial total is $4.6+ million…awesome!!!

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I love this post by Seth Godin. Too many entrepreneurs sprint out of the gate thinking they’ll be the next big thing. They see Robert Scoble doing video interviews and TechCrunch praising the next “product x” killer that have seemingly come out of nowhere. The problem is that these success stories tend to be the top 1% of the thousands of successful companies that are started each year and sprint tends to be exactly what leads to failure. What get lost in all this are the other successful companies that didn’t receive the same publicity, venture capital, and quick success but over time made solid business decisions, spent wisely, and stuck with their strategy and tactics to win in the long run. It’s these companies that most of us should model our own business practices after and then let everything else take care of itself.

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iPhone 2.x, Still Needs Work

Please Note: iPhone posts have moved to theiPhoneSherpa.com

After spending a week using 2.0.1, I’m anxiously awaiting 2.0.2 or 2.1, whichever comes first. At first this update appeared to fix some of the sluggishness but that is no longer the case. I’m not sure if this is due to my apps now working or something else but something needs to be done to make the touch screen as responsive as it was in the 1.x versions.

Here’s a quick list of a couple other nagging issues I’d love to see fixed.

– Contact App: still too slow to be usable
– Safari: I don’t remember having this problem in 1.x but Safari rarely remembers the last “window” you use. Instead, 95% of the time you run Safari you start with the first “window” you have open.
– Safari: when switching “windows”, each window reloads. This can be very frustrating when switching to a site like Google Reader where a refresh takes you away from an article you were saving and back to home screen.
– Volume Bar: the volume bar randomly pops up from time to time when tapping on the screen. I haven’t found a pattern to it so I’m not sure what is causing the problem.
– App Crashes: The “Apple” apps that comes with the iphone still crash too frequently. The iPhone is supposedly running the same OS X as Apple’s other computers but this doesn’t show in it’s level of stability. The worst offender is Safari which contiues to crash a couple of times a say on me we as my MacBook Pro can run for days without any issues.

Apple generally puts quality first, but they definite bit off to much with MobileMe and I tend to think they did the same with the 2.x version of the iphone software. 2.0 probably could have used another 4 to 6 weeks of development time. I really hope the next update concentrates on performance and bug fixed before any new features are added.

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iPhone 2.0.1 Apps Problem

Yesterday, I downloaded the new iPhone update. Everything appeared to be working great; no lag, contacts application was finally usable, and the keyboard was much faster. I was very happy with the update until I tried any of the apps I’ve downloaded from the app store. None of them work. Every app returns to the home screen shortly after trying to start up. I’m looking around now to see if I can find out what the problem is but it doesn’t appear to be wide spread which is good but it doesn’t help me much. If you’ve solved this problem please let me know what I can do to correct it. In the mean time, I’m going to try a few things and will post an update if I can get the apps working.

Update: I was able to get my apps working again by deleting them all through iTunes (applications tab -> sync applications -> uncheck all the apps installed on your phone) then I re-downloaded them through app store on my iPhone. Trying to re-sync the apps through iTunes did not work.

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