Unless you were incommunicado today, you’ve probably already heard that the 2.2 update for the iPhone was released today.   The update fixes some reliability issues and introduces some new features.   For a first look, read on! As it turns out, the rumors concerning what would be in 2.2 were pretty much dead on.   Here’s the […]
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iPhone 2.2 Update Released; Rocks Some Socks, Disappoints Others

Unless you were incommunicado today, you’ve probably already heard that the 2.2 update for the iPhone was released today.   The update fixes some reliability issues and introduces some new features.   For a first look, read on!

As it turns out, the rumors concerning what would be in 2.2 were pretty much dead on.   Here’s the official list of features/changes:

• 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 network)
• 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
• Preference to turn on/off auto-correction in Keyboard
Settings

To this list, I will add one more feature that isn’t listed — they fixed all the bloody delays!   No longer does it take 10 seconds to open SMS or find a contact or to do any of several tasks that seemed to lock the iPhone briefly.   I still see minor responsiveness delays in Mail when mail is downloading, but nothing like it was under 2.1.   Everything is snappy again.  This alone is worth the update.

I haven’t made a lot of calls yet, but so far call setup seems to be much faster.   This will require some testing over the next few days.

I know you want some eye candy, so here’s a look at Street View in Google Maps.    First, it’s pretty faithful to the desktop browser version from whence it came.   I do want to clear up some misconceptions that some people apparently have about Street View – first, it’s not yet available everywhere in the US.   You’ll know if a given area has it because the pins dropped either manually or as the result of a search will have a red man figure on the right of the popup that is NOT ghosted out.   Here’s a dropped pin in an area with Street View and one without.

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Dropped pins also now show you the address of the location the pin was dropped at – and this location can now be emailed!

 

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Search results pins also show their Street View status:

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The Street View images themselves are well presented, load quickly, and can be panned with swipes or zoomed in/out with a double tap (but only one step).   As with the desktop browser version, you tap on the arrows to move up or down a given street.  The "flashlight cone" inside the circle tells you what direction your view currently is. 

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All in all, Apple has done a fine job with this update.  While some features that many iPhone users have been waiting for aren’t there (*cough*copy/paste*cough*), what is does is most welcome.

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