As I announced earlier this week, Apple released it’s iPhone firmware 2.1 this morning and is now downloadable via iTunes. Note that you will need iTunes 8 to be able to download and install firmware 2.1.

This 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 (in case you missed the beep the 1st time)
  • Option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts
  • Genius playlist creation

To get this 2.1 update, simply connect your iPhone to your computer, open iTunes 8 and click “Check for update”.

According to the DevTeam, this new iTunes 8 detects and prevents the Pwnage exploit. No word from the DevTeam so far on when they will release and updated version of the Pwnage software. This means if you’re on a jailbroken iPhone, DO NOT UPDATE yet!