An update for Apple's iPhone significantly boosts the handset's wireless reception, according to owners.

iPhone update 1.0.2 went live on via Apple's iTunes, the usual update mechanism for iPhone owners, on Tuesday. Although Apple only said 1.0.2 included unspecified "bug fixes", owners on several popular message forums, including those on the MacRumors site, have come forward with claims that the iPhone now connects to wireless access points once written off as out of range.

"My Wi-Fi reception is definitely better," a user identified as schulzmc said. "While in my office I have never been able to connect to the Wi-Fi hub in the conference room down the hall [but after the update] I was surprised that the EDGE connection seemed faster, until I realised I was connected to the Wi-Fi hub with two bars. For me, this is a huge issue, as I was preparing to try to deal with whatever hassle it would take to get the Wi-Fi connection extended to my office area."

"Wi-Fi reception and connection is much improved," seconded snowboarder on the same thread on Tuesday. "The phone works better. Some places I had problems with before now work like a charm."

Reports of other changes were more mixed. Some who applied the 3.7MB iPhone update, for example, swore that speakerphone volume - a long-standing issue for users who complain it's too low - was boosted by the new software. Others, however, said it was as low as ever.

Problems with Apple's update appeared to centre on those who had changed, or 'modded' their iPhones with unsanctioned hacks to, among other things, let them add their own ringtones. Applying the 1.0.2 update meant owners of modded iPhones had to restore the device from scratch. That wasn't unexpected, however, since Apple's 1.0.1 update did the same thing.

iPhone users can wait out the update interval - iTunes automatically checks Apple's update servers once a week - or retrieve 1.0.2 manually by selecting 'Check for Update' under the iTunes Help menu and then docking the iPhone to the PC or Mac.

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