iPhone 2.2 software: Street View (iPhones only), Podcast downloads and more

Hero20081120The Apple iPhone keeps getting tweaked through fairly regular software updates and version 2.2 is hitting iTunes clients this morning. Most of the features were already leaked or expected, but here’s a run-down if you missed the buzz:

  • Enhancements to Maps
    • Google Street View
    • Public transit and walking directions
    • Display address of dropped pins
    • Share location via email
  • Decrease in call setup failures and dropped calls
  • Enhancements to Mail
    • Resolved isolated issues with scheduled fetching of email
    • Improved formatting of wide HTML email
  • Podcasts are now available for download in iTunes application (over Wi-Fi and cellular network)
  • Improved stability and performance of Safari
  • Improved sound quality of Visual Voicemail messages
  • Pressing Home button from any Home screen displays the first Home screen
  • Preference to turn on/off auto-correction in Keyboard Settings

Street View in Google Maps is sure to come in handy for many urbanites, but here in the sticks, we barely have streets to view. Over the air podcast downloading is a welcome addition and probably should have been there when the iTunes store app debuted on the iPhone. Ironically, the feature that I didn’t expect but I’m most looking forward to? The "Improved formatting of wide HTML email". It doesn’t happen often, but when I get a wide message that forces me to zoom and scroll horizontally, it drives me batty. Hopefully, I don’t see any more of those. 

Iphonesoftware22The other thing I don’t want to see much longer are these 245 MB downloads for software. Why do we have to fully wipe and re-install the entire iPhone OS with every software update?
That’s not a software update… that’s an OS update.

Update: MobileCrunch (via Gizmodo) says that iPod Touch folks won’t see some of the Google Maps features. That got me wondering why and I think I just figured it out. I don’t see the Street View or Walking Directions on my iPhone either… the common denominator between my first-gen iPhone and the iPod Touch? No GPS and no high-speed connectivity. This feature does work on first-gen iPhones, but not Touches… thanks to Jay for the comment to get me looking deeper into this!