Bugs & Fixes: Three iPhone bugs

As you would expect from any 1.0 product—even one that’s arrives with the scrutiny devoted to the iPhone —users are going to get bit by bugs. Here are a few iPhone-related maladies and their status after a July 31 software update. (Apple provided no details about what that update includes, other than that it addresses certain security issues. However, there is anecdotal evidence that at least a few bugs have been eradicated by the update.)

iPhone iPod music bug: After selecting to play music from the iPhone’s iPod application, the music continues to play even after you shift to most other iPhone programs. However, if you go to Safari, the music will sometimes stop within a minute or so. This appears to be fixed by the iPhone 1.0.1 update.

iPhone battery bug: While charging an iPhone, the battery icon in the upper-right corner of the screen should change when the charge is complete, from one with a lightning bolt to one with an electrical plug. For many iPhone users, however, the plug icon never appears. This is only a cosmetic issue. The iPhone is fully charged when the large battery icon on the screen “fills up.” This may be fixed via the 1.0.1 Update.

iPhone Mail bug: After using an iPhone to retrieve mail from a POP account, you may later retrieve the same mail on your Mac. After doing this, when you return to look at a previously downloaded message on your iPhone, you may get an error message that states: “This message has not been downloaded from the server.” If so, you will no longer be able to view the message. This bug is still around even after installing the 1.0.1. Update.

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