Overheard: The Real Reason iPhone Firmware 2.1 Wasn't Released Tuesday

A little birdie dropped an email in my inbox that there is a secret reason WHY firmware 2.1 for the iPhone wasn’t released on Tuesday.

The firmware is finished (the tipster says it has been finished since Sunday) and the only reason the trigger wasn’t pulled was because Apple feared they would suffer another massive server meltdown a-la the great MobileMe outage of ’08.

The concerns expressed by upper Apple management to the NOC operation team was that between iTunes 8, NBC and High Def TV downloads, Apple online store traffic and Apple.com traffic the additional bandwidth hit from iPhone users would take a nasty toll on Apple’s servers (and their CDN partner Akamai) and decided to scatter the traffic over a few days.