Firmware Comparison & Downloads

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  1. spoonforknife

    spoonforknife Retired Moderator

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    FIRMWARE COMPARISON
    s p o o n f o r k n i f e
    with help from everybody

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    http://www.ifans.com/forums/showthread.php?p=546065

    ALSO SEE THIS GUIDE ON TOUCH PODIUM!


    1.1.1

    What did it do over 1.1?

    - Fixed Black Screen Contrast Problem
    - Fixed Various Bugs

    How do you jailbreak?
    The easiest jailbreak ever, you just go to http://www.jailbreakme.com on firmware 1.1.1 and you'll jailbroken.

    PROS
    - Easy Jailbreak
    - Almost All Applications are compatible
    - Better for skinning
    - Supports full skinning, keyboard skinning, and almost all themes.
    - Stability
    - Easy to re-jailbreak
    - Very good compatibility

    CONS
    - Cannot add calendar events without fix
    - Not as optimized
    - Sound quality slightly worse
    - No wiggling icons / No Webclip Creation
    - Limited to 400 MHz

    1.1.2

    What did it do over 1.1.1?

    - Patched TIFF exploit
    - Added an add calendar event button
    - Added a battery meter in iTunes
    - Fixed Various Bugs

    How do you jailbreak?
    1.1.2 is a real jailbreak. First, jailbreak 1.1.1 via the above method. Then, install oktoprep, which installs a back door so you can jailbreak. Go to iTunes and upgrade your iPod to 1.1.2 and use the Touch Free Jailbreak. This is still quite an easy jailbreak.

    PROS
    - Very little bugs
    - Still quite easy to jailbreak
    - More Stable
    - Add Calendar Events
    - Very stable
    - A little faster than 1.1.1
    - Processor Speed Bumped to 412 MHz.

    CONS
    - Cannot do Keyboard Skinning
    - No wiggling icons / No Web Clip Creation
    - Crashes on occasion

    1.1.3

    What did it do over 1.1.2?
    - Added Movie Rental Support
    - Mail
    - Weather
    - Stocks
    - Notes
    - Maps
    - Multiple Home Screens
    - Webclips
    - Rearrangeable Home Screens
    - Fixed Various Bugs

    How do you jailbreak?
    Use ZiPhone or iLiberty+.

    PROS
    - Better Battery Life than 1.1.1 or 1.1.2
    - Adds many new features
    - More Stable
    - Faster than Previous Firmware Versions

    CONS
    - Seems a little buggier than previous firmwares
    - Locate Me in Google Maps doesn't always work
    - Ugly New Cheesegrater Dock
    - Slightly Reorganized File System (1.1.1 and 1.1.2 repos do not work well with it)
    - Soft Jailbreaks often crash to the Force Restore (Connect to iTunes) screen
    - Some applications unusable, others don't work well
    - Needs quite a few fixes to get many common applications to work
    - Purchased songs from iTunes might not work
    - Springboard runs as different user, causing some older apps to not work.

    1.1.4

    What did it do over 1.1.3?
    - Better Tabbed Browsing
    - Better Audio Quality/Louder
    - Fixed Various Bugs

    How do you jailbreak?
    Use ZiPhone or iLiberty+. Same as 1.1.3.

    PROS
    - Many Nice Bug Fixes
    - More Stable
    - Most Recent
    - Still Faster

    CONS
    - Doesn't really improve very much. Seems to be a placeholder.
    - Some applications do not work very well with it.

    1.1.5

    What did it do over 1.1.4?
    - Bug Fixes.
    - As far as we can tell, nothing else.

    How do you jailbreak?
    Use ZiPhone or iLiberty+.

    PROS
    - Bug Fixes

    CONS
    - It is simply a placeholder for people that chose not to upgrade to 2.0, couldn't afford it, or cannot use the iTunes Store to buy products.
    - The Jailbreak status is known to be a bit buggy.

    2.0

    What did it do over 1.1.5?
    - Chinese Handwriting Recognition
    - More Languages
    - Reworked Settings
    - Restrictions (Parental Controls)
    - Location Services
    - Enterprise Features
    - Reworked Calculator with new graphics and Scientific mode.
    - Reworked Contacts with search and more fields.
    - App Store
    - New iTunes icon
    - MobileMe support
    - Mass Mail Delete

    How do you jailbreak?
    Pwnage Tool, winpwn, QuickPwn.

    PROS
    - Many, many new features.
    - Great scientific calculator.
    - Enterprise features with Cisco VPN, MobileMe support, and Microsoft Exchange.
    - Ability to purchase applications.
    - January Update comes bundled with it.

    CONS
    - Very buggy. Random reboots and lag are not appreciated.
    - All applications from previous firmwares must be ported to 2.0.
    - A bit pricy.

    2.0.1

    What did it do over 2.0?
    - Bug Fixes. Far more stable than 2.0.

    How do you jailbreak?
    Pwnage Tool, winpwn, QuickPwn.

    PROS
    - Bug Fixes make it a much more valuable version of 2.0.

    CONS
    - Still rather buggy.
    - Applications from previous firmwares (1.1.x) do not work on 2.0.1.

    2.0.2

    What did it do over 2.0.1?
    - Yet more bug fixes and stability fixes.

    How do you jailbreak?
    Pwnage Tool, Winpwn, QuickPwn.

    PROS
    - Yet more bug fixes make it an even better 2.0.

    CONS
    - Still quite buggy. Random reboots and lag are not appreciated.
    - All applications from previous firmwares (1.1.x) must be ported to 2.0.

    2.1

    What did it do over 2.0.2?
    Firmware 2.1 added a bunch of new bug fixes and was released alongside the new iPod touch, although it was not on the new device. Genius playlists, epic bug fixes, and better display information were just some of the new features.

    How do you Jailbreak?
    Pwnage Tool, QuickPwn.

    PROS
    - Far less buggy
    - Shorter Backup time
    - Genius
    - Added Music display

    CONS
    - Still a bit buggy.
    - Applications from previous firmwares (1.1.x) do not work.

    2.2

    What did it do over 2.1?
    Firmware 2.1 added a bunch of new bug fixes, huge speed improvements, and retooling of a few portions of specific applications.

    How do you Jailbreak?
    Pwnage Tool, QuickPwn.

    PROS
    - Far less buggy
    - Very stable
    - Faster
    - New Google Maps Features
    - Retooled App Store
    - Podcast downloading in iTunes
    - Retooled Safari
    - Home Screen (Home Button) Shortcut

    CONS
    - Caused some incompatibility problems with some applications, most notably PwnPlayer and MewSeek.
    - No Google Maps Street View (iPhone Only) Note that this can be enabled by StreetViewEnabler in Cydia
    - Applications from previous firmwares (1.1.x) do not work.
    - I don't know about you, but I got some random reboots.

    2.2.1

    This update included various bug fixes.

    PROS
    - Far less buggy
    - Shorter Backup times.

    CONS

    - Still a bit buggy.

    3.0

    This update included many new features, as it was the next big upgrade for the iPod touch. It was much more stable than the previous versions as well.

    PROS

    • Far less buggy
    • Shorter Backup times.
    • Download Videos in iTunes
    • Landscape in Mail, Notes, Contacts, and Stocks
    • More detailed Stocks
    • Push
    • Search in Mail, Notes, Music, Home Screen
    • Stereo Bluetooth
    • P2P Gaming
    • Cut, Copy, & Paste
    • Landscape
    • Parental Controls
    • Shake to Shuffle
    • In-App Purchases
    CONS
    • Still a bit buggy.
    • Some extensions not supported

    4.0

    The next major firmware version of the iOS firmware came with a name change and abandoned earlier devices such as the original iPhone and iPod touch. Likewise, some features, like multitasking, were unsupported for second generation devices like the iPhone 3G and the iPod touch 2G.

    PROS
    • Change Wallpaper
    • FaceTime video calls (on iPhone 4 only)
    • Multitasking
    • Retooled Mail application
    • Folders
    • Use iMovie and iBooks
    • View Photos by Albums, People, and Places.
    • Thousands of other new features...

    CONS
    • Doesn't support some devices at all
    • Only partially supports older devices
    • Many features hinge on the use of a new iPhone 4.

    Please remember that the newest firmware will have advancements that save battery, fix bugs, and make your iPod run faster. In addition, developers will update their applications for the newer firmwares, making your iPod unable to run some of them.
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    This thread closed by user request so that the thread would not get crammed with posts.

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    Thread re-opened due to user request.
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    ok great
    thanks for opening it back up
    this is a really great thread
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    Yeah, I needed to edit it a lot and PMing moderators was a hassle. So thanks music4life for reopening it for me.

    I took a look at it and added that 1.1.3/1.1.4 was faster. Was there anything else but that, that I completely missed?
  7. Andy Huang

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    Yes, but not from the video.
    Re: 1.1.2 > 1.1.3 area:
    1) SpringBoard not "rewritten", just theme'd differently, and run as different user.
    2) There is no new "file system", we're still using the same HFS based file system.
    3) Due to the fact that spring board runs as "mobile" instead of "root", a lot of older apps "doesn't work" due to permission issues and path issues, this is easily corrected if you know what you're doing.
    4) iPhone apps had always made sound, even on 1.1.1. You just needed to have the sound and the frameworks loaded properly... most repo based installation process should've done them automatically for you.

    The "various bug fix" should be removed unless you can list what was fixed.

    1.1.2's "cannot do web app creation" is VERY wrong. You can use 1.1 for web apps already; webapps are just webpages, and can even be used on a computer if you have the proper css libraries. If you are intending to comment on "web clips" you should use the correct terminology.

    Pre 1.1.2: CPU Clock speed software limited to 400mhz
    1.1.2: CPU Clock speed software limited to 412mhz
    1.1.3+: I don't know, I didn't check nor do I intend to do so.
  8. Jodymitoma

    Jodymitoma New Member

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    Hey man, I added this information onto Touch Podium, with links linking back to this thread, your members page (spoonforknife), and gave you kudos.

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    A job wel done mate. A job very well done.

    Check it out if you're interested; here.
    Thank you very much.
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    Very nice spoony! I think you should go by cucharatenedorcuchillo. Haha
  10. spoonforknife

    spoonforknife Retired Moderator

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    1. I have fallen for a common misperception.
    2. I'm talking about the organization of folders, but I'll update that to clarify.
    3. I'll add that.
    4. Changed.
    5. Okay.
    6. Clarified to Web Clips. Sorry for any confusion.
    7. I thought I added that. Hmm... Will add.

    Jody, very very nice. Thank you very much! My own page.

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    But try to update the comparison every week or so with what I have here for accuracy. thanks.

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