A major update to the iPhone's firmware arrived at the stroke of midnight Thursday, surprising Apple (AAPL) watchers and taking just a little steam out of the Friday launch of Research in Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry Storm.
iPhone 2.2 contains dozens of fixes and improvements -- most of which had been telegraphed in advance through leaks from the developer community. Apple's handy checklist:
Well, now they can. For example, here's the street where Steve Jobs works, as seen through an iPhone sitting 2,944 miles away:
One caveat: The iPhone lacks an internal compass, so it still can't deliver Google's vaunted Compass Mode, where the view changes as you swing your smartphone left and right (see here).
For more on what the update offers, see here. To download it, plug your iPhone into your computer and click on Check for Update. iPhone 2.2 weighs in at 246 MB and installs in less than 10 minutes.
Steve Jobs waited until the end of his keynote address on Tuesday to announce the news that iPhone owners had been waiting for: a software update with fixes for the device's many bugs.
"It's a big update," he promised as he ticked off the benefits of iPhone 2.1: fewer dropped calls, improved battery life, dramatically faster back-ups, new performance enhancements and - he added three times for good measure - "it MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 12, 2008 6:31 PM ET
This is interesting.
Nearly three weeks after Apple (AAPL) started shipping Leopard, the sixth version of its flagship operating system, and urged Mac users around the world to step up to OS X 10.5, it has just released the largest software update in memory for its previous two versions, Tiger and Panther.
The major improvement in OS 10.4.11, besides a slew of scary sounding security patches, is that it gives Tiger users MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 15, 2007 7:50 AM ET
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