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The Apple iPhone keeps getting tweaked through fairly regular software updates and version 2.2 is hitting iTunes clients this morning. Most of the features were already leaked or expected, but here’s a run-down if you missed the buzz: Enhancements to Maps Google Street View Public transit […]

Hero20081120The Apple iPhone keeps getting tweaked through fairly regular software updates and version 2.2 is hitting iTunes clients this morning. Most of the features were already leaked or expected, but here’s a run-down if you missed the buzz:

  • Enhancements to Maps
    • Google Street View
    • Public transit and walking directions
    • Display address of dropped pins
    • Share location via email
  • Decrease in call setup failures and dropped calls
  • Enhancements to Mail
    • Resolved isolated issues with scheduled fetching of email
    • Improved formatting of wide HTML email
  • Podcasts are now available for download in iTunes application (over Wi-Fi and cellular network)
  • Improved stability and performance of Safari
  • Improved sound quality of Visual Voicemail messages
  • Pressing Home button from any Home screen displays the first Home screen
  • Preference to turn on/off auto-correction in Keyboard Settings

Street View in Google Maps is sure to come in handy for many urbanites, but here in the sticks, we barely have streets to view. Over the air podcast downloading is a welcome addition and probably should have been there when the iTunes store app debuted on the iPhone. Ironically, the feature that I didn’t expect but I’m most looking forward to? The "Improved formatting of wide HTML email". It doesn’t happen often, but when I get a wide message that forces me to zoom and scroll horizontally, it drives me batty. Hopefully, I don’t see any more of those. 

Iphonesoftware22The other thing I don’t want to see much longer are these 245 MB downloads for software. Why do we have to fully wipe and re-install the entire iPhone OS with every software update?
That’s not a software update… that’s an OS update.

Update: MobileCrunch (via Gizmodo) says that iPod Touch folks won’t see some of the Google Maps features. That got me wondering why and I think I just figured it out. I don’t see the Street View or Walking Directions on my iPhone either… the common denominator between my first-gen iPhone and the iPod Touch? No GPS and no high-speed connectivity. This feature does work on first-gen iPhones, but not Touches… thanks to Jay for the comment to get me looking deeper into this!

  1. These updates do in fact update the entire firmware so it’s an image that is being downloaded. Mine is installing right now. Hope it doesn’t brick it. :)

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  2. iphone 2.2 at work! http://tubedirect.net/index.php?q=iphone-2.2
    for all: watch then you can download torrent-treker

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  3. I like the update and new features. However, I wish that podcasts downloads were allowed over 3G for larger files. 10MB is to small to include many podcasts. In the past, I have downloaded podcasts of 30-40MB on Windows Mobile phones using programs like Newsbreak or Kinoma.

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  4. I agree with you Shawn, but you can still download larger podcast files over WiFi. Apple could always remove the restriction in the future as well.

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  5. @”I don’t see the Street View or Walking Directions on my iPhone either… the common denominator between my first-gen iPhone and the iPod Touch? No GPS and no high-speed connectivity.”

    Loudly correcting you, Kevin. Street View and walking directions DO work (very well, actually) on 1st generation/non-3G iPhones. Not sure why you cannot simply touch the icon displayed on the screen.

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  6. b0stonirishguy Friday, November 21, 2008

    no transportation directions for Boston…

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  7. Jay, I can’t touch the icon on the screen because it’s not there for some reason. Nor is the Metro or Walking directions icons. I’ll chalk it up to user error on my part if you say it’s working on your first-gen iPhone. I simply don’t see it.

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  8. OK, very odd. I was simply searching areas of Google Maps in SanFran thinking you could access Street View that way, as you can on the full web client. No icons there to tap for Street View. Getting directions from Philly to San Fran and scrolling to SanFran shows me the new icons, but they’re greyed out and inactive. Huh?!?

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  9. First, Street View is only available in certain areas (PC or iPhone). Second, you must have a pin on the map and when you see the balloon for that pin an icon will appear on the left side of the text for that pin if Street View is available for that pin (what a mouthful). Click the icon for Street View. You can get a pin from an address link or by placing one manually.

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  10. OK, definitely user error combined with a lack of coffee. Thanks for the correction Jay! I didn’t know that you could only access Street View from the icon that only appears with a push pin. I figured there would be an option to start Street View from any supported location view, not the specific push-pin view. Not entirely intuitive in my book, but still my bad. Thanks!

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