Apple Releases official iPhone 2.2 firmware!

Friday, November 21st, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

As predicted earlier, Apple released iPhone 2.2 firmware update today.  I’m stuck without access to my machine, so I can’t update my iPhone, but here’s the description from macrumors.com

Enhancements to Maps
– Google Street View
– public transit and walking directions
– display address of dropped pins
– share location via email

Enhancements to Mail
– resolved isolated issues with scheduled fetching of email
– improved formatting of wide HTML email
Improved stability and performance of Safari
Podcasts are now available for download in iTunes application (over Wi-Fi and cellular)
Decrease in call set-up failures and call drops
Improved sound quality of visual voicemail messages
Pressing the Home button from any Home screen takes you to the first Home screen
Preferences to turn on/off auto-correction in Keyboard settings

The update appears to deliver all of the expected features that we have detailed over the past several weeks. Other new findings include:

– App Store links in Mobile Safari correctly link directly to the App Store.
– Street view does not appear to be in the iPod Touch
– Tech note on downloading Podcasts in iPhone 2.2
– Netshare still works according to one user
– Emoji troubleshooting and Emoji technote for Japanese customers.
– Security changes found in 2.2.
– Transit directions screenshot
– How to invoke Street View on the iPhone

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iPhone 2.2 to be released on 11/21/2008?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

According to a “reliable” source of information in a german blog, the new iPhone OS will be available on November 21, 2008.

You can see the google translation here, iPhone OS v2.2 to be released on 21 November!, at iPhonehellas.gr.  

Some of the other features of the iPhone OS v2.2 are:


  • New look for the Safari with the Google search bar now occupying its own space on the title bar (iPhone v2.2 beta1)
  • Add toggle On / Off to disable the auto-correction (iPhone v2.2 beta1).
  • 461 Japanese emoji icons (iPhone v2.2 beta1).
  • Support for new languages.
  • The Line-in audio is activated and can be used through the headphone jack.
  • New features of Maps.app:
    • Google Street View (iPhone v2.2 beta1).
    • Google Transit information – Routes public transport (iPhone v2.2 beta2).
    • Walking directions (iPhone v2.2 beta2).
    • Location sharing.
  • New features of the App Store:
    • The sector ‘Categories’ now shows the icons of the applications instead of the list.
    • In each page of the application has been added by a button ‘Tell A Friend’ & ‘Report A Problem’.
    • Added the possibility of scoring the application when the user chooses to delete from the device (iPhone v2.2 beta2).
  • Added the possibility for direct downloading of podcasts from the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store (iPhone v2.2 beta2).

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iPhone 2.2 Screenshots, Podcast Updates, and Tethering

Friday, November 7th, 2008 | Business | No Comments

Some new news has been uncovered.  In a post on AppleInsider.com, Sam Oliver writes about the new iPhone 2.2 screenshots.  


The screenshots (shown above) show a new podcast interface to the iTunes store. Additional changes (reported a while ago) include modifications to the categories screen.  The new screen includes larger icons.  Personally, I prefer having the one line, shorter height categories.  You can fit more on the screen.  

As far as tethering on the iPhone — my bones tell me that AT&T is conjuring up another fictional fee to place on the functionality.  When will the time end that we have to pay a company to stop blocking functionality?

Reported in AT&T: Tethering Coming to the iPhone Soon, on Technologizer — the AT&T Mobility President and CEO Ralph De La Vega just told an interviewer, Michael Arrington, that AT&T is working with Apple to let the iPhone server as a tethered wireless modem for laptops.

This disgusts me.  

First of all, there was an app already out there that let us do this.  Apple removed it.  

Second — aren’t we already paying through the nose for our iPhone?  I’m paying AT&T an additional $30 a month, just to use the iPhone.  

If you’re willing, jailbreak your phone, and install PdaNet for iPhone.  

Hey — AT&T — if you don’t want us jailbreaking the phone, try not to eliminate functionality, spend 3.5 months recreating it, and then charging us for it.

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iTunes 8.0.1 Released, Applications update!

Friday, October 3rd, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

For the past 2 weeks I’ve been having the problem that my iPhone’s applications don’t ever update in iTunes.  

I had submitted a request to Apple about it, they got back 48 hours later and pretty much told me to reinstall iTunes.  Thanks Apple, it only takes me about 18 hours to reinstall iTunes and add my 100 GB of media to the library.

The whole time, the applications have updated just fine on my iPhone.  

I even went as far as deleting applications from my library, and having them re-downloaded.  Turns out, unlike music, if you delete an application it just gets re-downloaded.  Why can’t they do this with music too?  I think it has something to do with the distribution of application updates.  

With the 8.0.1 release from Apple, my applications in iTunes finally all updated.  They downloaded in a few seconds, and the number that has been sitting next to “Applications” has finally disappeared.

Lets hope 2.2 isn’t far behind 8.0.1!

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iPhone 2.2 software coming soon?

Friday, September 26th, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

In a photo posted at iphoneatlas.com (seen below), you can see some of the changes Apple has in store for the 2.2 update to the iPhone.

Please check out the article, Apple Debuts New Safari Interface in iPhone OS 2.2.

Why are we always so excited about this minor updates Apple releases?

I know I love getting new software in the hopes that it fixes some of the things I most find annoying.  Every release for me has “Copy Paste” in it.  Then I install, it doesn’t have the feature, so I assume it’s in the next one.

The whole point of this update CAN’T only be moving the Google search bar up, and the refresh icon over?  Can it?

If it is, we know for sure they’ll say “other fixes and security updates” in the patch.

Whenever I’ve deployed a website missing some importantly functionality, I’ve always spent the night up working on a fix for it.

Worse yet, what if Apple started charging iPhone users like they charge iPod Touch users?  I find it obnoxious that they charge those users to upgrade the software.  Perhaps this is part of a contract with ATT?  Not to release functionality developed for the iPhone for free to other Apple customers who aren’t paying the $30 a month for the “privilege” of owning an iPhone.

Here’s to hoping that the next release fixes more than the dreaded “Google search bar misplaced” bug (sarcasm).  Maybe I’ll have more time to work with actual web development topics, as opposed to the iPhone drama.


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