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Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iPhone 2.2 (Updated)

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By Jesse Hollington

Social Media & Software Editor, iLounge
Published: Friday, November 21, 2008
Articles Categories: Features

Early this morning Apple released the much-anticipated iPhone 2.2 firmware update, adding significant new enhancements to the Maps application and podcast downloading capabilities, as well as a few other bug fixes and improvements.

The update is installed in the same way as any other update: Connect your iPhone to iTunes and click the “Check for Update” button. iTunes will notify you that a new update is available for your iPhone, and prompt you to either download it for later or download it and install it right away.

Beginning the process displays an information dialog box with information on some of the more significant improvements:

Proceeding with the installation will take about 15-20 minutes. This update should not erase any data from your iPhone in the process.

So what’s new in this iPhone firmware release and how does it all work?  Read on.

iPhone vs iPod touch

We have normally focused these Instant Expert articles on the iPhone since iPod touch firmware updates have normally included the same basic features, differing in only those features that would be specifically iPhone-dependent. However, for the first time the v2.2 firmware updates for the iPhone and iPod touch do not deliver the same new features. Specifically, the iPod touch v2.2 update is missing the enhancements to the Maps application—an indication that perhaps Apple now intends to deliver certain features to each device. Certainly the Nike+ enhancements found in the second-generation iPod touch seem to indicate that both devices are now diverging into different areas.

Street View

Possibly the most significant new feature in iPhone 2.2 is the addition of the Google Street View, allowing you to select a location and get a view of what you would typically see if you were standing in that location. Street view is accessed by choosing a location on the map and then clicking the red Street View icon that appears to the left of the location address or name:

Tapping this icon immediately opens street view in landscape mode on the iPhone:

From the street view, you can zoom and rotate the camera using the usual multi-touch controls. A small circular radar-style map view is displayed in the bottom left corner to provide a representation of the direction you are facing and your field of view.

Tapping any of the arrows displayed along the streets themselves will move you to the next street view location, effectively allowing you to “walk” along the street to follow a path.

Tapping the street view display shows buttons to exit street view and to report any inappropriate image content you may find.

If your selected location does not show a street view icon, this simply means that there is no street view data available for that particular location. Street View is presently available only in certain countries, a list of which can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Street_View

Walking and Transit Directions

In addition to the driving directions that have been available in the Maps application since the beginning, users may now choose to see directions appropriate to walking, or transit information (where available). When viewing directions in Maps, three buttons are now shown at the top of the screen to allow you to toggle between the three types of directions. Driving and walking directions differ both in terms of the selected routes and the travel time displayed. Driving routes tend to prefer major streets and highways while walking routes naturally avoid them, preferring a more direct route and even using pedestrian-only pathways where this data is available.

Transit directions, on the other hand, provide not only details about transit routes, but also the time of the next departure.

Tapping on the clock icon will bring up detailed transit information, including alternative departure and arrival times, as well as the ability to adjust your desired departure or arrival time—so you could for instance find the next train or bus that would get you somewhere at a specific time, thereby planning how early you have to leave in order to arrive on time.

Transit information is available only in specific cities. The transit directions button will be greyed out if there is no transit information available for the location or route that you have selected.  A list of cities with transit information available can be found on Google’s Transit page at http://www.google.com/transit

Location Sharing

The Maps application now allows you to share any selected location via e-mail. The release notes describe this as sharing your current location, but you can actually e-mail out a Google Maps link to any selected location. Simply tap on the pin as you normally would, and you can see a new “Share Location” option at the bottom.

Tapping on this button will immediately open an e-mail containing a Google Maps link to the selected location.

Other Maps Changes

To accommodate the new “Share Location” button, the button layout at the bottom of a location info screen has been rearranged to display three buttons side-by-side. Instead of two separate buttons for creating a new contact and adding an existing one, a single “Add to Contacts” button is now provided that in turn brings up a separate pop-up menu asking you what you want to do.

Another minor enhancement to the Maps application now displays the address for any pins that you drop onto the map. As you move the pin around, the address shown will update the current pin location, and of course bookmarking or adding the pin’s information to a contact will reflect that address information.

Podcast Downloading

The other big news in iPhone 2.2 is the ability to actually download podcasts over-the-air using the iTunes Wi-Fi Store. Although many users (ourselves included) questioned why this feature was conspicuously missing when the original iTunes Wi-Fi Store was rolled out last year, it’s nice to see that it has finally been added. The iTunes Wi-Fi Store adds an additional tab down at the bottom specific to Podcasts, and the standard Search feature also includes podcasts in your search results. Both audio and video podcasts are supported.

This feature enables you to download specific audio or video podcast episodes individually. Note that there is no way to subscribe to a podcast from the iPhone, or to have the iPhone automatically update with new podcast episodes on a regular basis—for that you will either need to hunt down the newest episodes yourself or simply rely on syncing with iTunes as you have in the past. Unfortunately, the iTunes Wi-Fi Store also does not provide any indications for podcasts that you are already subscribed to, or episodes that you already have on your device, so you will need to check back with your iPod application to avoid downloading episodes you already have. The iPhone will thankfully not actually duplicate the episodes, but you will be wasting time and bandwidth to download them. However, when viewing a podcast episode listing in your iPod application, a “Get More Episodes” button is shown at the bottom that will take you directly to that podcast on the iTunes Wi-Fi Store so you can download additional episodes.

Podcast downloading works in the same way as music, except that of course podcast episodes are free to download. Tapping the “Free” link changes it to show “Download” and then tapping on the green “Download” button will immediately begin downloading that particular podcast episode. Download progress can be viewed by tapping on the “Downloads” button, and as with any other iTunes Wi-Fi Store content, downloads will continue in the background even if you exit the application.

While the iTunes Wi-Fi Store previously only worked over Wi-Fi and not 3G/EDGE connections, iPhone 2.2 has taken a page from the App Store application’s book in allowing podcast content to be downloaded over the cellular network provided the individual episode is less than 10MB in size. Attempts to download larger episodes will result in a notice that you will need to use a Wi-Fi connection or iTunes to download the selected item, similar to the same 10MB restriction on the App Store.

Note that you can, however stream podcast episodes that are larger than 10MB in size—simply tap on the podcast title itself and the podcast will begin playing directly over-the-air in real-time, rather than downloading it. This of course works for any podcast episode, audio or video (audio podcasts will open in a portrait-mode Quicktime player, similar to audio files played back from within Safari or Mail).

Accessing the iTunes Wi-Fi Store while connected over 3G/EDGE will limit you to only browsing the Podcasts section or searching for podcasts—attempting to access any of the music-related tabs will show a notice that music can only be downloaded over Wi-Fi.

As with podcasts downloaded directly to the Apple TV, podcasts downloaded directly to your iPhone synchronize back to iTunes the next time you connect to your computer, and will appear directly in your Podcasts section. You will not be automatically subscribed to these podcasts—only the individual episodes are kept—however a Subscribe button will appear in iTunes beside the podcast to allow you to easily subscribe to it if you so desire.

Other Changes

The iPhone 2.2 update brings a few other minor changes with it as well, some of which are described in the release notes.

Pressing the Home button when already on the Home screen will immediately return you to the first page of your Home screen. Since most users keep their frequently-used applications on this page, this provides a convenient way to quickly get back to that page. Other Home button settings and functions remain the same.

The MobileSafari browser has seen a slight cosmetic change in terms of the address field and search field locations, which are now placed beside each other on a single line. This allows for more convenient access to the search field,

since only a single tap is now required (previously, you would have had to tap the address field first in order to make the search field appear).

With this new layout, the refresh button is now less prominently displayed and is placed directly inside the address field. 

UPDATE: As several commenters have pointed out, the previous iPhone firmware version did in fact allow single-tap access to the search field via the magnifying glass button to the left of the address book field, although the new method is still more convenient and intuitive in our opinion, particularly considering that some of us had forgotten the search button was there in the previous version.

The auto-correction feature can now be globally disabled via a new option found in the Settings application under the General, Keyboard options.

You can now view all of the available screenshots for an application from its App Store page on the iPhone itself. A main screenshot is shown with smaller thumbnails of any individual screenshots. Tapping on any of the screenshots will open them in a full-screen viewer and you can navigate through them using the normal multi-touch photo navigation controls.

Deleting an application from the iPhone now prompts you to add a rating for the application before deleting it. You can either provide a rating by tapping on the number of stars and then the “Rate” button or skip this by tapping “No Thanks.”

Screen shots taken on the iPhone and stored in the iPhone’s Camera Roll now display thumbnails when accessing your iPhone from your computer (ie, via iPhoto or the Windows Scanner and Camera wizard). Previous iPhone firmware versions displayed only generic PNG icons.

Further, it is now possible to take a screenshot of the iPhone standby/lock screen.

The 2.2 update also provides support for displaying and composing e-mails with Japanese Emoji characters.

The release notes also indicate several bug fixes and improvements in various areas of the iPhone, including issues with scheduled fetching of Mail, displaying of wide HTML e-mails, improved Safari performance, decrease in problems with placing calls and having dropped calls, and improved audio quality for visual voicemail messages. The improvement to wide HTML e-mail is definitely a welcome feature, as previously certain messages would require needless horizontal scrolling on the iPhone, whereas with v2.2 these messages appear to wrap properly. Other fixes and enhancements are something that will simply need to be observed over time, but it is certainly our hope that these improvements will be noticeable for users who have experienced the mentioned issues.

Third-Party Application Compatibility

The applications that we regularly use ourselves do not appear to be exhibiting any problems with the v2.2 update, but users should obviously exercise caution if they are concerned about the stability of a particular application. While there are no specific reasons that the v2.2 update should break any existing applications, it is important to note that many developers receive the new v2.2 code at the same time as end users, and therefore do not have any advance opportunity to test their applications against the new code base prior to its public release.

Performance

Thus far, there do not seem to be any noticeable performance changes for the better or worse in terms of the iPhone 2.2 update by itself, or in its interactions with iTunes (backing up and syncing). It performs much the same as v2.1 did in that regard.

There do seem to be some possible improvements in memory management for larger applications. It was a fairly common issue with earlier iPhone firmware versions to have to reset your iPhone before running more demanding applications, however on v2.2 these applications now appear to be more stable (ie, crash less).

UPDATE: Apple has stated that the new update provides performance enhancements to Safari, and after a bit more testing with the iPhone we can confirm that Safari definitely appears to be much faster and more responsive than in prior firmware versions. There have been numerous reports of faster overall iPhone performance from this update as well, but we have not observed any significant improvements outside of Safari itself.  Other perceived performance improvements may simply be a result of the iPhone having been rebooted following the update, which normally has a positive impact on performance in previous firmware versions as well.

Update or Wait?

As with the last iPhone update, there seem to be no problems that would recommend against installing this one, and some nice new feature additions that provide an incentive to do so. The usual caution about applying any new software updates applies here, particularly if your iPhone is a mission-critical device, and even more so if you have a mission-critical third-party application installed on it. While existing applications should continue to run without any problems, the fact that not all developers have yet been able to test against the v2.2 code means that there are no guarantees that a given application will not have problems with the v2.2 firmware unless the developer in question has specifically stated that it has been tested and working as designed.

NOTE: As of this morning, a number of GMail users have been reporting problems sending mail from the iPhone via GMail’s SMTP servers, with a “Sender Not Allowed” response. This is not a problem specific to v2.2, as we have also observed this problem ourselves on v2.1 iPhones. We suspect this to be a problem on GMail’s end rather than a problem with the iPhone itself or the v2.2 update. Note that you can work around this issue by configuring an alternate outbound SMTP server in your iPhone’s Mail settings. UPDATE As of 11/21/2008 8:45 EST outbound mail via GMail on the iPhone appears to be working again without any configuration changes to the iPhone itself.

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Comments

1

One thing was missed - the return of the Update All button in the device’s app store!  smile

Posted by Jay on November 21, 2008 at 10:54 AM (PDT)

2

I think I found another new “feature”...

Images saved from the web or from email into your photos / camera roll are very pixellated in 2.2 as opposed to 2.1.

In 2.1, when you select an image you had saved in your camera roll it would initially come up not very sharp - and then re-render itself pretty quickly to the sharpest it could. This was most prominent on images larger than the iPhone’s screen resolution.

Now, those images never re-render themselves/scale down to a sharper version. This is kind of a pain in the butt.

Can anybody else confirm this is happening?

Posted by Brandon on November 21, 2008 at 11:30 AM (PDT)

3

Still no “cut & paste”?

Posted by Hawkeyeted on November 21, 2008 at 11:44 AM (PDT)

4

Oh, you can also review apps directly in the appstore - not just when deleting.

Posted by Jay on November 21, 2008 at 11:48 AM (PDT)

5

Still no sideways keyboard for texting… come on… this is basic stuff!

Posted by Mr X on November 21, 2008 at 12:17 PM (PDT)

6

OMG the send location doesn’t work in the google map update.

Posted by awshucks on November 21, 2008 at 12:21 PM (PDT)

7

For those that purchased the iPhone when it first came out we are not very happy with the Edge application.  With this said will there ever be a way to apply the 3G application to replace the Edge?  PLEASE SAY YES OR EVEN MAYBE BUT NOT NO!.  I do not want to invest in another iPhone if I can help it, anyone else on my soapbox?  Oh by the way, the “APPS” or Applications are the next best thing to sliced bread…well almost.  PEACE!

Posted by Pete on November 21, 2008 at 12:23 PM (PDT)

8

Just updated to 2.2. Only complaint is that when I try and delete an email [btw, I’m using IMAP] I get an error message saying “Message Could Not Be Moved To The Mailbox Trash”.

Any ideas?

Posted by Max Recordings on November 21, 2008 at 1:28 PM (PDT)

9

The podcast feature is missing in iPhones with no iTunes store in its country. Here in Mexico, we have AppStore, but no iTunes Store, and sadly we can’t use the newly released feature.

Posted by Barsuch Benitez on November 21, 2008 at 1:31 PM (PDT)

10

@Jay:
Being able to review apps on the iPhone was previously available.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on November 21, 2008 at 2:06 PM (PDT)

11

You can sort App Store sub-categories by “Top Paid”, Top Free” and “Date Released”. You can also view an additional 25 apps until the end of the list is reached.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on November 21, 2008 at 2:08 PM (PDT)

12

@awshucks (#6) that’s pretty bad.

I’m hoping my dropped call issues improve.

Nice Canadian screenshots, by the way.

Posted by Jason on November 21, 2008 at 2:35 PM (PDT)

13

@Pete: EDGE is built into the phone; it’s not an application. In order to get 3G, you have to purchase one of the new phones.

I’m anxious to see how the Maps application’s transit directions compare with applications like CityTransit or KICKMap, especially on service updates.

Posted by Nic on November 21, 2008 at 2:37 PM (PDT)

14

@Max:

I had the same problem with deleting my email (I use AOL, which is an IMAP).  I fixed it by going into my mail controls (found in settings), going to the advanced controls, then setting up my deleted messages to go to a folder on the server rather than the trash on my iPhone.  That seems to have fixed the problem.  Hope that helps!

Posted by Kate Holland on November 21, 2008 at 3:06 PM (PDT)

15

I have the same issue with one of my IMAP email accounts as @MaxRecordings now that i’ve updated to 2.2.  I get the same “Message Could Not Be Moved To The Mailbox Trash” error.  My Gmail account works fine.

Posted by gatorchuckie on November 21, 2008 at 3:32 PM (PDT)

16

“This allows for more convenient access to the search field, since only a single tap is now required (previously, you would have had to tap the address field first in order to make the search field appear).”

No, and you of all people should have known this. There was a spy glass icon next to the URL box, one click of that and bam, one-tap search.

Two reasons this was actually changed in my view:

1) To remove the need for the double box and save space;
2) Because people didn’t know about the spy glass, no matter how long they’ve been studying the iPhone.

Other than that, great article smile

Two things the iPhone is missing now: Call confirm (so you don’t constantly accidentally call people) and some way of temporarily stopping applications from tilting.

Posted by bobbit on November 21, 2008 at 4:03 PM (PDT)

17

I’ve not noticed any of the problems outlined above, everything works fine for me.

The only thing I have noticed which has not been commented on is that when I have “preview SMS” turned off it now displays “(name of sender) Text Message” whereas previously it only used to display “Text Message”.

Incidently this occurs even after the phone has notified the message and gone back into lockdown mode.  If anyone finds a way to disable sender information, please post.

Posted by Andy B on November 21, 2008 at 4:37 PM (PDT)

18

I’ve noticed one new “feature” that hasn’t been mentioned yet (I think).  Podcasts with multiple episodes now put the oldest ep. on top.  This is welcome, IMO, because when an episode finishes (in both 2.1 and 2.2) the next ep. on the list plays.  This made no sense (to me at least) in 2.1, since you’d be going newest-to-oldest, but now, it means you can just select the top episode, and they will play one after the other in chronological order.

Posted by ryan on November 21, 2008 at 5:05 PM (PDT)

19

Downloaded new update 2.2—and now wireless won’t connect…

Posted by Tamanzi on November 21, 2008 at 5:14 PM (PDT)

20

A few things I noticed:

Chromeless web apps will now abide by the accelerometer, and let you use landscape mode.

The “review this app” button, while not new, is better designed, and more visible.

Very happy about the return of the Update All button.

The search box in Mobile Safari is nothing more than a plea for more search revenue from Google. They had the magnifying glass before, but it wasn’t bit enough. They want you to definitely know it’s there. And they want the money that comes from you using it.

Posted by punkassjim on November 21, 2008 at 5:35 PM (PDT)

21

Regarding the continuous play of podcasts, I wish they would give one the option of stopping after each podcast.  There are instances where I don’t want to play the next one in sequence.

Posted by CheapIrish on November 21, 2008 at 5:39 PM (PDT)

22

Maybe I’m the newb here, but… where’s MMS?  Seems like an obvious omission that they don’t intend to fix.  What’s the deal?

Posted by Chris on November 21, 2008 at 6:13 PM (PDT)

23

The new Mobile Safari Address Bar layout does NOT save a tap when doing a Google search.  Previously in 2.1 and before, you simply tapped on the search icon which revealed the Google search bar with the cursor and keyboard automatically becoming available for typing in that field.  So, no saving of taps, just a visual rearrangement.

Posted by Platkus on November 21, 2008 at 6:47 PM (PDT)

24

Disapointed about the podcasts update.  It makes it not very useful if you have to manually go through and download latest episode of your favorite feeds.  Maybe next time. 
CP

Posted by Brian on November 21, 2008 at 7:01 PM (PDT)

25

any access to the emoticoms that became available in Japan?

Posted by luiss on November 21, 2008 at 7:32 PM (PDT)

26

#16 & #23: Thanks for pointing that out. You’re completely right of course and the article has been updated to reflect that. The fact that I had forgotten the search button was there indicates how counter-intuitive this design was compared to the new one, however.

The primary motivations for the re-design were likely to save screen real estate and make the search field more prominent and intuitive. Revenue generation for Google would likely not be relevant in this case, as you could just as easily be using Yahoo as your search provider.

#21: Setting up a Smart Playlist would be one way to handle single-podcast episode playback. Ironically, many people previously complained about the lack of continuous podcast playback support.

#22: I don’t expect that native MMS support is coming any time soon, although there have been several recent reports of third-party MMS apps coming out in the near future.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on November 21, 2008 at 9:11 PM (PDT)

27

I still see no support fro some of apple’s past products, the radio remote still does not work and even my XtremeMac recording dongle still does not work with my iTouch.

Apple fanboys were quick to blame Microsoft for lack of backward compatibility but Apple does not even support their own past products. Even simple little inprovements like cut and paste and turn by turn GPS is still absent in the iPhone and the iTouch

Me thinks of Jailbreaking
~TCLWJ

Posted by TCLWJ on November 21, 2008 at 10:15 PM (PDT)

28

App updates via the phone truly update in place now, as well as installing more quickly.

Posted by Ken on November 21, 2008 at 11:40 PM (PDT)

29

i would like to see:

horizontal text keyboard

video capability

copy and paste

turn by turn directions/navigation

Posted by noiphone video on November 21, 2008 at 11:53 PM (PDT)

30

For me there is a huge disadvantage with 2.2: You can no longer listen to applications when the screen is turned off. For instance the app ‘binaural beats’ is forced in sleep mode by the firmware when the screen is switched off. This is a serious drawback.

Posted by Karel on November 22, 2008 at 12:35 AM (PDT)

31

makes me wonder, this screenshot thumbnail feature may be linked to
an annoying photo bug appearing in 2.2:

see flickr.com/photos/brandoniain/3048755866/

Posted by lloeki on November 22, 2008 at 3:07 AM (PDT)

32

apps that play music or sounds now stop playing when the iphone sleeps. only workaround i’ve found so far is to set sleep to ‘never’, but that is hardly a solution. one app developer said they were working on fixing this so i don’t know if it has to be fixed from the apple side or the developer side. i have at least 9 such apps and it might take a while for all those developers to get this fixed.

/guy

Posted by Guy Teague on November 22, 2008 at 5:29 AM (PDT)

33

ARABIC KEYBOARD! Come on!

Posted by david on November 22, 2008 at 6:04 AM (PDT)

34

What is the application with the cockpit screen shot showing a fly-thru with aircraft instruments in separate panel?

Posted by Ned Hamilton on November 22, 2008 at 6:04 AM (PDT)

35

@Ned: It is xplane 9

@Guy I had a word from the developers of binaural beats that it is a bug in 2.2 but they are fixing it in their app, which willbe available in about a week (depending on the approval process by Apple)

Posted by karel on November 22, 2008 at 7:17 AM (PDT)

36

@pete (#7),

I think most of us who purchased the original iPhone were aware that EDGE is not an application, but rather the wireless data network provided by AT&T;and as such was not updatable.”

@punkassjim (#20),

I don’t think revenue was the basis for moving the search box out front. More than likely “ease of use” was on their mind. I have Yahoo! selected as my search engine, so it doesn’t benefit Google at all.

@ 30, #32,

I hope this is a bug and not a new way of handling applications while in sleep mode. I use several applications (White Noise, Pandora), that I listen to while the screen is off. Maybe Apple is going to start forcing developers to manually turn of sleep mode and black out the screen?

Posted by Michael on November 22, 2008 at 10:07 AM (PDT)

37

I just loaded 2.2 pn my iphone and checked on some of the comments here.

@Tamanzie(19)  Going to settings/wireless and selecting my home wireless worked fine.

@Cheapdish(21) Like you I would like to play one poscast at a time.  I listen at night with earphones and wake up a 3 in the morning with podcasts still playing.

@Karel(30), @Guy(32)  I use Simplify Media a lot to listen to music from my desktop and it still plays with the screen off.

Posted by TulsaGent in Tulsa, OK, USA on November 22, 2008 at 1:35 PM (PDT)

38

i really wish i could take video pics on my iphone.  is that gonna happen anytime soon?

Posted by Ish on November 22, 2008 at 3:37 PM (PDT)

39

I would really like to see some sort of voice dialing like you see on every other common phone out there, all the 3rd party apps do a pore job of trying to fix that issue.

Posted by Brad on November 22, 2008 at 4:23 PM (PDT)

40

And WHEN is there going to be a wide week view!?

I bet most Mac-iCal users have the week view as default view. Its the best way to see when there is nothing booked so you instantly can say when you have a “free slot” at a certain week. With only four clicks you can check “free slots” in a month. On the iPhone it takes up to 31 taps as one is forced to use the day view…

Posted by David on November 22, 2008 at 5:24 PM (PDT)

41

update all button for apps sends me back to home screen without updating any apps!!!

Posted by cpyrkosz on November 22, 2008 at 5:35 PM (PDT)

42

There is a problem on podcast download. When you open podcast whatever audio or video, you see ‘more episodes….’ right bottom. But when you touch it, it doesn’t go to next available episode or specific podcast. It just takes me to general podcast area. It is not convienient. Ypu have to re-search for downloading again.

Posted by Edward on November 22, 2008 at 8:12 PM (PDT)

43

Before 2.2, I could run google maps with a power source in my car and it would not lock the screen and go to sleep. now it does…  have to set it to never.  before 2.2 it would only sleep and lock if I didn’t plug in the power cord.

hope that is just a minor bug related to changes in the APIs…

Posted by Steven on November 22, 2008 at 11:21 PM (PDT)

44

What is also new, but not really a progress regarding privacy, is that, when you have set the SMS preview to “Off”, the SMS label now show the sender name, whereas before they just said “New SMS”. Seeing the name of the sender is precisely what you do not want when you’re looking for privacy.

Posted by Scandella on November 23, 2008 at 3:30 AM (PDT)

45

I’ve noticed a change in phone number entry - there iPhone now has automatic gaps in numbers as per normal formatting which makes it easier to read numbers eg 020 8222 2222

Posted by Ashley on November 23, 2008 at 8:07 AM (PDT)

46

Steven (#43),
I have noticed no change in the behaviour of the iPhone (2.2) when plugged into the Griffin Autopilot - just been out with Google Maps running and the display remained on the whole time (autolock set to kick in after 3 minutes)

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on November 23, 2008 at 8:46 AM (PDT)

47

@ CheapIrish(#21) I agree. I wish there were an option to to only play one podcast at a time (without using the “work-around” of creating a play list).

What is the best way to get feedback to apple?

Posted by mitchel on November 23, 2008 at 9:20 AM (PDT)

48

“Further, it is now possible to take a screenshot of the iPhone standby/lock screen”

its been possible to do this since 2.0 was released

Posted by Rich on November 23, 2008 at 10:06 AM (PDT)

49

#48: No.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on November 23, 2008 at 10:39 AM (PDT)

50

How do you get the “share location” in the maps to work? I have tried and tired sending a location but the email that i send it to never receives it. Is there something wrong with it or i’m i doing something wrong?
Thanks,
Billy

Posted by Billy on November 23, 2008 at 5:58 PM (PDT)

51

Disregard by last post. It finally send the email. It takes a while so just be patience.

Billy

Posted by Billy on November 23, 2008 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

52

@karel: thanks! yes, i have over a half-dozen apps like binaural beat and mindwave and zen meditate and i hope that they all get fixed in a timely fashion.

/guy

Posted by Guy Teague on November 23, 2008 at 10:01 PM (PDT)

53

None of my apps work :-(

Posted by Lawrence on November 23, 2008 at 11:28 PM (PDT)

54

I like the new podcast feature, but I really miss the ability to subscribe to podcasts.
And what is up with the filelimits anyway? most iphones come with unlimited dataplan! if anything, just make it an option that can be switched off.

Posted by Whacko on November 24, 2008 at 4:41 AM (PDT)

55

*****Another very important new feature in 2.2 that I don’t see having been mentioned is that you can now have multiple Push Email, Contact and Calendar sources.

I can for example have my MobileMe account pushing Mail, Contact and Calendar information and now also an exchange account too. The Calendar and Contacts are separated.

Posted by Dazzzz on November 24, 2008 at 12:58 PM (PDT)

56

I. Want. To. Be. Able. To. Turn. Off. Coverflow. Because. It’s. Useless. And. I. Hate. It.

Now that the nanos can, it’s time for the iphone to be able to as well.  The sole reason I jailbroke my phone was in the hope that the dev community would do it first, but I still haven’t found the ability anywhere.

Posted by jpv on November 24, 2008 at 1:33 PM (PDT)

57

Where is the Note syncing??? This has to be figured out!

Posted by Solo on November 24, 2008 at 5:10 PM (PDT)

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Brandon on November 21, 2008 at 11:30 AM (PDT)

I have the same problem with pictures not sharpening, they will sharpen if you use a third party photo app. So the problem must be with apples photo app. I have an appointment with the apple store today. Hopefully they will have an answer. I even restored my iphone and that did not resolve the issue. One other variable may be the third party app “Discover Wi-Fi”. There is a setting in that app. That controls the apple directory to store images as thumbnails. I deleted the app and have the same issue. But restore actually reinstalls your bachup from itunes, so it may have some residual code from that app. I’ll find our today.

Posted by Paul on November 25, 2008 at 9:16 AM (PDT)

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I noticed that app updates stay in their original spot when updating…no longer moving to the end then moving themselves to the old spot.  Not a huge excitement…but something different.  I’d rather be back in 2.0 when I had to move them back myself if I could exchange that for MMS and push IM.  I’ve come to grips with the fact I will never see copy/paste.  How would they implement that when dragging your finger moves the cursor??  We’re not working with a whole lot of button options here.  I knew when I bought my phone I wouldn’t have MMS…or Flash…or copy/paste…all things that are present on most simple $90 cell phones.  Even on free ones.  But c’mon…give me something good.  Street View is cool and all…but I’m not all too happy with the idea of having to forward all my free Gmail emails to a subscription Mobile Me account…just to get push email.  Podcast sorting and app store rating just doesn’t make that any better.  :((

Posted by mcat619 on November 25, 2008 at 7:11 PM (PDT)

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I’m still thinking twice if I should update my iphone 3g to version 2.2 or not…

But when i read about these bad reviews and lots of problems caused by the update, i get very disappointed with Apple. Why did they release the update and even start sending iPhone users text messages that update is available if it causes headaches. They should triple check their updates before releasing it.

And again, im very disappointed with the ABSENCE of video capturing, copy/paste, MMS and landscape texting.

I’m counting on you Apple people… Do something about it.

WHAT DO YOU THINK GUYS, IS IT WORTH IT UPDATING MY iPhone 3g to 2.2?

Posted by dave on November 26, 2008 at 3:52 AM (PDT)

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2.2 observations so far:-

I had the problem when deleting mail “Message Could Not Be Moved To The Mailbox Trash”.  This was solved by deleting my email account and setting it up again (Gmail).

The 2.1 update broke my email notification feature, but 2.2 seems to have fixed it.

Safari is definitely more stable.

Generally I’m happy with the update - thanks Apple.

The entire phone seems to run quicker.  I’m pretty sure I’m not imagining this.

Posted by Pentti on November 26, 2008 at 7:22 AM (PDT)

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2 things they should add, Make a better picture application, which you can zoom and other little things that most basic phones do have, and also a Video recoding application…but this could be added into the App store, also as was previously said is sideways texting…would be nice.

Posted by PatKing on November 26, 2008 at 9:53 PM (PDT)

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Still no way of deleting (media) files from the iPhone.
Still no full Bluetooth support for file transfers.
Still no videorecording with editing.
Still no photoediting.
The list goes on…
It´s just pathetic, Apple!
Just give us what we need and want!

Posted by Gregor on November 27, 2008 at 1:03 AM (PDT)

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Anybody else having problems with the WIFI signal on IPODTOUCH 2g???  Seems to be weak all the time (when my laptop next to it shows full signal strenght)

Posted by Nekbeth on November 27, 2008 at 9:53 PM (PDT)

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I too miss the single feature of poscasts. I listen to one episode each night of podcasts from Chuck Missler that I have stored up, when going to sleep. I don’t want the podcasts to keep paying after I sleep.  There should be an option to turn on and off the continuous play feature.

Posted by Glenn Hickman on November 28, 2008 at 11:59 AM (PDT)

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Does anyone know if the 2.2 upgrade fixes the frustrating issue i have found on the iTouch where playcounts are not always updated?

I have my iTouch synching to a Smart Playlist from my iTunes library, and I’ve found that very often some songs do not update the playcount.  I’ve played the new Snow Patrol album probably ten times now, but the playcount is still stuck on 1.  It only seems to be a sporadic issue. 

Any ideas??

Posted by Ian Baker on November 29, 2008 at 8:06 PM (PDT)

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What about not being able to make non-emergency calls when the phone is locked?  They said they fixed this but I can still call any number I wish.

Posted by R on December 5, 2008 at 9:08 PM (PDT)

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Dear Apple,
please change the SMS feature so it can be used in landscape!!!! Texting sideways will be the best thing for iPhone!

Posted by Tyler on December 12, 2008 at 2:47 PM (PDT)

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Please anyone figure out the privacy issue

with sms name display??

Posted by hope on January 21, 2009 at 4:04 PM (PDT)

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