Apple has released iPhone OS 2.0.2 with its obligatory, but unhelpful, release notes indicating only “bug fixes.”
Unfortunately, a resolution to widespread, frustrating 3G reception issues is not among those fixes. In fact, some users have reported that the update manifests poorer 3G reception than 2.0.1, with devices now giving a “No Service” message in previously 3G-accessible locations.
“I use to get one to three bars of 3G service in my house and now I can’t make a call,” wrote an Apple poster. “I have to switch off the 3G to get any bars. Things are going the wrong way!”
Even worse, many users are experiencing incompatibility with previously operational third-party applications. “Yes, I have about 15 apps loaded and now only eight to ten work with the new 2.0.2 software,” said a user. Some are reporting even worse predicaments. “All my downloaded applications crash within 5 seconds of being opened,” said another person. “Restarting the phone and reapplying update has done nothing to fix it.”
What does iPhone OS 2.0.2 fix? Both typing and scrolling, which were plagued by extreme lag and slowness prior to this update, are now operating at acceptable speeds for many users, but not all.
“[The update] didn’t improve my 3G signal, or my signal in general for that matter,” said a poster. “And I still am getting the keyboard lag.”
iPhone OS 2.0.2 can be installed by attaching your iPhone to your Mac or Windows computer then clicking the “Update” button. Based on current reports, however, the benefits may not outweigh the risks.
Originally posted on iPhone Atlas.