I realise that this is fairly irrelevant news if you don’t own an iPhone, but for die-hard Apple handset fans, the big news of the day is that firmware version 2.2 is finally here and ready to download.
As usual, it’s a fairly hefty download, so beef up your broadband connection for the 246MB ride.
Once done, you’ll get some nifty new features. How useful they are depends on how you use the iPhone, of course.
Google Maps has finally been updated to include Street View, public transport, and walking directions (let’s hear it for non-drivers – hmm, just me then?), displaying the address of dropped pins, and sharing location via email.
It works pretty well, though its choice of bus to take me from home into the next town wasn’t the one I’d take. It did, however, perform well on the tin-pot public transport service in my parents’ home town, which I’d say is pretty impressive. I also couldn’t work out how to access Street View, which would suggest that London isn’t quite finished yet.
Mail has been updated to include better formatting of HTML messages and improved overall performance.
Safari’s performance and stability has also been enhanced. It’s now possible to get podcasts via iTunes. Phone calls should be more reliable, with improved audio quality of visual voicemail, and there’s the ability to turn off auto-correction.