iPhone 2.2: Podcast Downloads Enabled + App Store Tweaks

We've heard about podcast downloads being added to iPhone OS 2.2 before, but now Macrumors (via Shimanke.com -- check out their screenshots) has more details how the process will work. In response to Chad's fears of overwhelming AT&T's fragile 3G network (aka "rabbit ears"), it looks like cell downloads will be limited to podcasts under 10MB, the same limitation currently imposed on App Store purchases over 3G. Both audio and video podcasts will be available for download, however, and on WiFi there's no limitation.

Could TV Shows and even Movies be next? And with Exchange, MobileMe, and other sync services storming the "clouds", what does this mean for the days of USB tethering to your Mac or PC?

Meanwhile, the App Store looks to have a cosmetic makeover, with categories now sporting the icons of some of their most popular Apps (i.e., Social Networking shows the Facebook icon).

Lastly, still no sign of Push Notification, which Macrumors hears via the whisper-net is still having "major issues". After the disastrous MobileMe rollout, could Apple be waiting to get it right the first time?

But hey, at least we're still getting all those Google Maps improvements!

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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iPhone 2.2: Podcast Downloads Enabled + App Store Tweaks


Mobileme push smashes my battery. Having it for various other apps - I don't see how Apple can do it, and keep the user experience good.

Looks good and I can't wait to get my Podcasts directly versus sideloaded. Will be a huge benefit for podcasters.
With that said, I think that TV & Movies will come around the corner but due to the large file sizes measured in GB and a hungry AT&T looking for revenue opportunities I'd be willing to wager that when they arrive they'll be like the Music Store - WiFi only.

So we'll be able to download new podcasts direct to the phone but we won't know the new episodes are there because push notification isn't working. Oh the irony! :)
More seriously, I think podcasts direct to the device is a great idea (even though not a new one).