updated 02:40 am EST, Fri November 21, 2008
iPhone 2.2 adds maps, more
Apple on Thursday unveiled the long-awaited iPhone 2.2 update, offering users a number of enhancements and additions to maps and mail, as well as several improvements to stability and reliability. The v2.2 update provides the Maps app with Google Street View, and public transit directions. Dropped pins will now show addresses, and users can share locations over email. The Mail app itself had allegedly isolated issues resolved from scheduled fetching of email, and the formatting of wide HTML mail.
Available for both the iPhone and iPhone 3G, the update features the previously mentioned direct podcast downloading over WiFi or through EDGE/3G. Safari's stability and performance were improved, as was the sound quality of visual voicemail messages. Users can press the Home button to shuffle to the first screen, when viewing any of the Home screens. At the behest of many, auto-correction during typing has received an off-switch, in the Keyboard settings.
Apple also advertises that the v2.2 update will decrease call drops, as well as in call set-up failures.