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6 years ago

iPhone OS 2.2 review

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iPhone OS 2.2 review

iPhone OS 2.2 build 2.2 5G77, at 246.4MB, is the second major point release to Apple's second generation mobile operating system. Following on release 2.0 (full review) on July 11, and 2.1 (full review) on September 15. Interestingly, while 2.0 had 8 betas, 2.1 only had 4 and 2.2 but 2. Is Apple really getting twice as efficient, or only spending half as much effort getting feedback?

Like 2.1, this update is also available FREE for the iPod Touch. Unlike 2.1, however, Apple is not providing the same functionality to Touch, with the Google Maps update notably missing. Since these updates don't seem dependent on either the cell radio or GPS, it's difficult to imagine why Apple chose to -- we'll say it -- shaft the Touch. Perhaps they'll blame their subscription accounting model again? iSigh.

Remarkable also by it's absence -- again -- is the much ballyhooed Push Notification Service (announced during WWDC 2008), intended to provide the semblance of multi-tasking to 3rd party apps by sending badges, sounds, and pop-ups through a central Apple server to alert users of, for example, new IMs or tweets. (Should we even bother to mention the continued, and continually unexplained, absence of cut and paste, MMS, unified inbox, video recording, etc.)

Note: We updated just fine using iTunes 8.0.1, but you may want to consider grabbing yesterday's 8.0.2 release first.

But enough dwelling on the didn't gets. Read on after the jump for the we gots!

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6 years ago

Updated! Got Gmail Problems with iPhone OS 2.2?

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Updated! Got Gmail Problems with iPhone OS 2.2?

I noticed 3 messages stuck in my Gmail outbox post-OS 2.2 upgrade. Just sitting there. Mocking me. "Sending" but never getting "sent". Following a comment by Matt, I re-typed my password and voila, the intertubes they were cleared.

Not sure if this will work for everyone, either by itself or with a reset, but give it a try and let us know.

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6 years ago

Should I Upgrade to iPhone OS 2.2?

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Should I Upgrade to iPhone OS 2.2?

With the Apple's early morning release of the iPhone 2.2 firmware update, that's the exact question many people will be asking. Hey, we at TiPb asked it ourselves -- and then blindly pushed and shoved our way to the iTunes tethers!

So what's new in iPhone 2.2, is it awesome enough for you to update, and who should stay clear at all costs?

Answers after the jump!

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6 years ago

iPhone 2.2 Screenshot Gallery!

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iPhone 2.2 Screenshot Gallery!

Running 2.2 (5G77) and if you don't care about cut and paste, mms, or any of the other other stuff Apple likely hasn't had enough time/resources to make an investment/reward benefits case for, you'll dig the Google Maps and Podcast downloads -- and Emoji if you, you know, are running on a legit Japanese iPhone carrier!

Screen cap gallery after the break!

(Thanks to Dieter for getting US Google Street-view content! I don't think us filthy Canadians are deemed worthy for it yet!)

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6 years ago

How To: Get Our iPhone Podcasts Over the Air

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How To: Get Our iPhone Podcasts Over the Air

Now that 2.2 is upon us, you can get your TiPb fix in yet another way: grab our Podcast over the air!

It's simple. Just turn on WiFi (necessary because all of our podcasts are over 10 megs), head into iTunes on your iPhone, and search for "Phone different." It'll pop up right quick (and includes the feed for our iPhone Live! Podcast to boot!). Then head in, tap download, and away you go!

(Speaking of the Phone Different Podcast, we have this week's in the bin. It should be edited up and ready for you to grab tomorrow)

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6 years ago

What You Need to Know: iPhone 2.2 and Jailbreaking

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What You Need to Know: iPhone 2.2 and Jailbreaking

Ok, so here we have yet another update on the Dev Team's blog. This time they tell us everything we want to know about the 2.2 firmware and jailbreaking.

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6 years ago

Round Robin: TiPb vs Android G1 Final Review

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Round Robin: TiPb vs Android G1 Final Review

[This is an official Smartphone Experts Round Robin post! Every day you reply here, you're automatically entered for a chance to win an iPhone 3G, Case-Mate Naked Case, and Motorola H9 Bluetooth Headset! More below!]

Google's Android is the future of smartphones. At least, it's one of the possible futures. Alongside the iPhone, it's the OS I'm most intrigued by, and that the two companies have chosen such different strategies in tackling the future only makes it ever so much more exciting.

The iPhone is an ordered, iconic device made entirely by Apple, with all the integration and fit and finish -- and frustratingly capricious omissions -- that only a single guiding mind can achieve. Android, by contrast, is chaotic and communal, designed by Google to free developers and fit a multitude of tastes and form-factors -- with all the possible confusion and derivation open source has to offer.

Which one is "better" is a ridiculously impossible question to answer -- each platform has its strengths and weaknesses and each user their own unique needs and preferences. Frankly, we're fortunate to live in a time where there are so many truly awesome devices from which to choose. (Even a few years ago -- and yes, I'll say it, pre-iPhone shockwave -- things were far, far more bleak.)

For my part, all I can really do is tell you how I use a smartphone, and how well the Android G1 fits that usage bill.

I really need to point out, up front, that the G1 is a beta device. There, I said it. Unlike Windows Mobile or Blackberry OS, which have been on the market for years and years, and the iPhone OS which is already on 2.x, Android has just hit the market with all the promise and problems that inevitably go with that. The Android device I experienced this week will absolutely and without question be blown away by whatever Android device(s) hit the market next year. So, it's not a fair comparison for Android from the get go, and I beg everyone to remember that when I lay... er... get into it below the fold.

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6 years ago

Review: BodyGuardz Protective Skin for iPhone 3G

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Review: BodyGuardz Protective Skin for iPhone 3G

The BodyGuardz Protective Skin for iPhone 3G is available now in the iMore Store for $24.95. It is a thin, clear, protective film that covers almost the entire body of your iPhone 3G - screen, back, top, bottom, and sides, yet still gives your iPhone the "naked" look and adds virtually no bulk while offering protection against scratches and scuffing. Read on for the full review and see if it's right for YOUR iPhone 3G.

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6 years ago

Quick App: Movie Challenge for the iPhone

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Quick App: Movie Challenge for the iPhone

Conor sent us a note about the new game from Redwind Software. They're coming from a .Net background, and this is their first attempt at Cocoa Touch and the iPhone, and it seems from the video they're embracing the differences whole heartedly!

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6 years ago

Patent Watch: Always-on iPhone Status Indicators

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Patent Watch: Always-on iPhone Status Indicators

In similar fashion to the patent for a today screen, Apple Insider is reporting Apple's new filing shows a way of displaying icon-like status indicators on the iPhone's display even though the phone is locked with the backlight not turned on. Apple seems to be paying attention lately to alerts/notifications and that is great news!

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6 years ago

iPhone 2.2 Now Available! Go Get It! (Unless You've Jailbroken!)

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iPhone 2.2 Now Available! Go Get It! (Unless You've Jailbroken!)

WE CAN HAS IT! iPhone 2.2, 246.4MB of Google Map goodness, podcast OTA downloadiness, Line-out-ified, Emoji-con'd, latest update to Apple's universe denting, storm-breaking mobile computing platform is now available via iTunes!

Just remember, if you've jailbroken, or if you ever want to unlock the 3G, DON'T DO IT.

For the rest of us, let us know how big it is, how fast it's downloading, how long it's taking to install, and what -- if any -- secret features you're finding when you're done!

(Thanks to everyone who wrote in to let us know it was live!)

[Dieter: After the break, Apple's official list of updates!]

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6 years ago

Apple Releases iTunes 8.0.2

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Apple Releases iTunes 8.0.2

Harbinger of things to come? Or just coincidence? You decide. But while you're deciding, head on over to Apple Software Update and grab yourself a copy of iTunes 8.0.2 and its quality, connectivity, and accessibility fixes.

(Though if you've jailbroken, or intend to Unlock when it becomes available, AVOID as we've already seen that the new MacBook lineups have jailbreak unfriendly iTunes builds, and this could be more of the same).

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6 years ago

iPhone 2.2 + Security Patch to Hit Tomorrow?!

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iPhone 2.2 + Security Patch to Hit Tomorrow?!

Macrumors is quoting Spiegel.dewww. as saying that both a new security flaw has been found in iPhone OS 2.1, and that a patch will be included in iPhone OS 2.2 due to drop... tomorrow?!

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G Unlock Watch: Another Step Closer!

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iPhone 3G Unlock Watch: Another Step Closer!

I have a funny feeling that sometime shortly after the 2.2 firmware drops, we will see the iPhone 3G software unlock in the next version of the ever so popular PWNage tools from the Dev Team.

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6 years ago

Nokia N96 Gets Bruce Lee Edition... iPhone Could Still Take It!

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Nokia N96 Gets Bruce Lee Edition... iPhone Could Still Take It!

Gotta admit, this Nokia N96 Bruce Lee Edition is pretty cool. Bruce Lee put Kung Fu on the map, and while I'm not sure the current generation of tiny Skidoosh'ers would know him over the Panda, it hits all my nostalgia strings. (I'm sure Jeremy is waiting impatiently for the other Bruce -- Campbell, that is -- to show up, while Brian may, just may, be holding out for the King himself! Of course, Sam Jackson will probably be ****ing next...)

Of course, even with Saint Bruce's way of the intercepting phone, the N96 would still eat a whole heaping, hurting, helping of Jobs Sifu's Dim Mak -- that's the death touch fellas -- were it to even try and enter that iPhone dragon's lair.

But yeah, I'm jealous.

And iPhone do hit back...

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