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  • Early 2.2 Opinions


    Editors at MacWorld have begun to review the iPhone OS 2.2 update and are somewhat disappointed to see that certain desired improvements for business functionality have not been made. However, the order in which iPhone owners can now view podcasts is said to be an improvement.

    As far as the business features go (and certainly some in this list would be very handy for personal use too), just some of the desired ones not part of the update that MacWorld notes include no on-device data encryption, passwords are limited to four-digit numeric PINs, no ability to synchronize notes or set up calendar items with the same scheduling controls as in Exchange and cut and paste. MacWorld even goes as far to say that since the 2.2 update does not accommodate more of the needs of the business community that the BlackBerry Storm has “a real chance to push the iPhone out of the enterprise, at least as a standard sanctioned device.”

    Although the 2.2 update does not change much as far as business needs go, there are two main User Interface changes that MacWorld pinpoints. One is on the Safari browser - it now has a small search box on the same row as its URL box. MacWorld calls this design change “inelegant.” However, a welcome UI change according to MacWorld is that there is now a preference setting to turn off or on the iPhone's autocorrect feature when a user types. In addition to several minimal application changes the other big functional change is the new ability to download podcasts from Apple's iTunes Store while not having to sync via iTunes on the desktop.

    Also as far as podcasts go, the older OS used to list podcasts with the newest at the top. Now the podcasts are listed in chronological order, as MacWorld describes, with the “oldest at the top. Which means you can start playback at any episode, and after that episode is finished, the next-most-recent one plays automatically.” This is also a welcome change.

    MacWorld says it’s still too early to tell if the update will fix bugs in e-mail and browser operations.

    Source: iPhone finally gets its podcasts in order | iPhone Central | Macworld
    iPhone 2.2 update doesn't fix key business flaws | iPhone Central | Macworld
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Early 2.2 Opinions started by AppleChic View original post
    Comments 75 Comments
    1. pj_rage's Avatar
      pj_rage -
      I'm very very happy with 2.2. Apps are opening AT LEAST twice as fast, consistently. It doesn't matter if I open and close a hundred different apps, everything still loads fast. It was never this fast before 2.2. The closest 2.1 could get was if I restarted the phone, opened say safari for example, then closed it, then opened it again, it would load it quick. But if I opened another app or two and went back to safari, it would load slow again. 2.2 opens stuff super fast consistently, just as it always should have. I can't believe how much snappier it is.

      2.2 has also cured what 2.1 did to my battery. 2.1 was causing my battery to drain excessively for no apparent reason. It did the exact same thing to my friend's phone. The usage time would run up with everything closed, and the battery would drain. Sometimes the usage wouldn't go up but the phone would still drain excessively, ie in airplane mode and not touching the phone, it would lose 30% in 5 or 6 hours, whereas it would lose 1-2% under the same conditions pre-2.1. Now, it seems to be back to pre-2.1 levels. Hopefully that nasty problem doesn't come back - it was a real PITA.
    1. maritimeswimmer's Avatar
      maritimeswimmer -
      I just wish they could be a way of Syncing notes with my laptop or with mobileme.com since i am always writing notes as a notebook in class.

      Cheerio!!!
    1. Garage Battle's Avatar
      Garage Battle -
      Just to be clear.

      THIS IS A THREAD ABOUT "YOUR IMPRESSIONS ON 2.2"

      NOT "YOUR IMPRESSIONS ON JAILBROKEN 2.2 WITH SOME STUFF INSTALLED"

      kthnx
    1. cricketlang's Avatar
      cricketlang -
      Quote Originally Posted by Je5 View Post
      Thats funny because I went with my friend to Verizon on launch date of the Storm and I am going to say I am not impressed the texting is so not user friendly and most of the people I know are disappointed in it and do not like and have already sold it on craigslist..hahah sorry Verizon better think of something else to take us down..!!
      Yup yup yup. many people moved over and now are not happy with it either. same things you described as well. i will say the storm has been good for corporate users though....but thats not my friends and i so i dont really care. my dad has the storm and its great for his work needs but i LOVE the iphone and i believe the storm doesnt even TOUCH the iPhone.
    1. imagine engine's Avatar
      imagine engine -
      I agree with MacWorld that the new mobile version of Safari is inelegant. I don't find it user friendly at all with the miniature search field crammed next to the URL field. At least Safari, doesn't crash..for now I was also hoping to enjoy Street View but confirmed Google has yet to add Canada to this service. As for major disappointments there's still no enhancements to the camera (ie: video recording, timer, etc), no copy/paste, no editing of documents, no native vCard support, no A2DP, no MMS and no tethering. So for now I'm happy to have the stability improvements but decided to jailbreak again to have MMS, tethering and improved camera features with Cycorder and Snapture, as well have the ability to use background push. Well that and I enjoy being able to theme my iPhone 3G Wish Apple would listen to their customers and offer features users have been asking for since the first iPhone was released over a year ago.
    1. elr0y7's Avatar
      elr0y7 -
      The new browser is kinda odd looking, they should have at least made the entry fields the same shape.
    1. howlett15's Avatar
      howlett15 -
      im not sure if this has been said yet but after 5 min getting a new text and not checking it i get another text reminded...i have not noticed this on any previous versions and i have jailbroken but i have not installed any sms notifiers or anything. I'm kinda 50 50 with this because its really annoying to be in class and get a text and you are busy so u choose to ignore it and then you get the reminder...but then there are sometimes i dont hear/feel a text message, but there for sure needs to be an option to turn this off i think.
    1. makesmoves's Avatar
      makesmoves -
      Quote Originally Posted by cricketlang View Post
      i cannot agree more. i will admit i love the iphone and will be getting mine soon but i have seen MANY friends move over to the storm because of lack of meeting basic customer needs on the iphone side.
      Hold On Now!!! The blackberry storm is trash!!! Functionality wise ok it will get the job done in essence, BUT how does it get the job done? Smoothly? No! The interface leaves ALOT to be desired, that means typing is crap on there(see the review; bad implementation). The OS is poo it's not even built for touchscreen, meaning its the 4.7 or whatever blackberry OS with ADDED touchscreen functionality. The reviews are in and the storm does not even hold a candle to the iphone as an all around device. Business wise might be the argument but all apple has to do is release another firmware update and POOF!! bye bye storm. Apple doesnt have to release another phone to compete in multiple classes like blackberry. RIM may have the corner on business data management but as a device....no way my friends. Head on over to engadget and read the review for yourselves BlackBerry Storm review - Engadget Put the storm down and pick up the iphone and let's get real. Plus I don't even like apple!!!! Just the iPhone.

      Upon further analysis of your latter postings I just want to clarify that my post quoted your prior statements but was not intended as a comment directly solely towards you fellow iphone guru.
    1. MattMac's Avatar
      MattMac -
      Grr Apple. 4 things I really want implemented:
      1. Bluetooth
      2. Copy/Paste
      3. MMS
      4. And the ability to save and create multiple On-the-Go Playlists (similar to the older iPods.

      There just adding worthless functions...
    1. fluffer's Avatar
      fluffer -
      while i agree most things seem faster, my phone signal is awful and frequently jumps to no service. how can a software update ruin what was actually running quite well. i have had to put my Sim in my 2g just to make calls. my 2g is still running 2.1 and i get full signal with that. i thought the 3g had better reception with the plastic back? is this unique to me or is anyone else having bad reception?
    1. pj_rage's Avatar
      pj_rage -
      Quote Originally Posted by howlett15 View Post
      im not sure if this has been said yet but after 5 min getting a new text and not checking it i get another text reminded...i have not noticed this on any previous versions and i have jailbroken but i have not installed any sms notifiers or anything. I'm kinda 50 50 with this because its really annoying to be in class and get a text and you are busy so u choose to ignore it and then you get the reminder...but then there are sometimes i dont hear/feel a text message, but there for sure needs to be an option to turn this off i think.
      This was introduced with 2.1. I actually like it, because any reminder is better than no reminder, but I would definitely prefer a different sound rather than it sounding as if you got ANOTHER new text. Sometimes I'm away from my phone and I hear the text and I'm like "meh, I'll get it later," then a few mins later I hear another new text and I figure it's really important. But no, it's the same text again
    1. m600i's Avatar
      m600i -
      I had a Sony Ericsson M600i and a P1i and they had copy/paste, mms, bluetooth a2dp and touch screen. They don't look as nice as the iPhone or as big a screen but they were feature packed. I guess I learned to live without these things with the iPhone. In 2.2 I think the updated safari browser does not look right aesthetically, functionally maybe. Mail fetch seems to be fixed. No other thoughts about it yet.
    1. GLOD!'s Avatar
      GLOD! -
      Quote Originally Posted by Treeml View Post
      MAIL SEARCH!

      WTF apple? I'm mean come on!!
      Agreed. I use my iPhone for my work email, lack of search makes coworkers laugh at me. How can they call this business ready?

      I Don't want to use a blackberry, and they(work) do not support external exchange... so I use IMAP. I was having some major fetching issues, which I Noticed were not related to my work's server. So far so good with this update, mail seems to fetch properly.

      some people would be mad at me for saying so but.. copy and paste is not my first priority need. Email searching and MMS with video are my #1 and #2/3 must haves right now.

      Overall this is a 2.1.x patch in my opinion. and because they consider this a major feature release (2.x) may warrant them to wait another 2-3 months before they add any new features to the phone
    1. PhoneLine's Avatar
      PhoneLine -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cokeman View Post
      This is where Apple better step up & let loose of the "our way only". They may be ahead, but they won't be for long, if other manufactures give the consumer what they want.
      Perfectly stated. There's always going to be the apple fan base, but that won't keep them ahead in the business world forever. And I do hope they get a kick in the rear and get de-throned because they don't give users some of the most basic features. I love the phone, had the 1st gen and now have the 3G, but I think apples their way or the highway attitude is eventually going to bite them as far as this phone remaining a good business phone.

      I'm really amazed that copy and paste has not been added yet. Flash I can understand to a degree because of possible battery issues (or so they say) but at least its a reason, and its been addressed, even if we don't like the answer.

      But being able to copy and paste? I think that should be a requirement for any phone to even be labeled a 'smart phone' nevermind being business ready.
    1. Alpha4's Avatar
      Alpha4 -
      Er..anybody mentioned the missing Week View in Calendar yet?

      Seems ludicrous to position the phone for business users and not have this vital scheduling option. I can't think of another 'Business' handset I've owned that didn't have a Week View in Calendar.

      Also, looking at my meeting schedule, tasks and unread email summary on a single screen has become vital since the previous WinMo devices I owned all had this. Only reason I jailbreak is to get Intelliscreen.

      P.S. still wouldn't swap my iPhone for a Storm though (no WiFi = FAIL).
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      i was a little dissappointed myself until..... I GOT MY EMOJI ICONS!!!! they're like regular faces on steroids. I love it, its a great new IN thing for iPhone & iTouch users. Its like they one up all the american services a little.lol The tweak that opens the feature can be found in CYDIA, and they can be recieved by ANYONE with the 2.2 firmware (Jailbroken or not)

      Google Street View Rocks!... or it will when they get some more pics in the system, but i love it so far.

      Safari?!?!.... i'm still kinda adjusting to half of my screen being gone.lol

      Quote Originally Posted by albior View Post
      what about the "emoticons for the Japanese version" thingy?
      Install the tweak from Cydia. Its hiding in the Japanese keyboad menu.

      Well worth it. I love these little things.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      I did a complete fresh install of 2.2 and haven't noticed anything bad yet. Major issues fixed so far are texting, safari, and opening apps. My text menu does not crash after i've unlocked my phone to view it. Safari hasn't crashed...yet (still observing), and my apps open smoothly with very little delay. So far i'm impressed, but it seems like a lot of people are having different issues with there upgrade. I'm using 2g iPhone...not sure if it makes a difference. But are most people that are having issues using iPhone 3g? And yes can we please have edit/copy/paste....seriously!

      Oh yeah, and i am running on jailbreak fw. The only thing that slows it down a lil is the themes i use. But, overall a huge improvement in UI speed is definitely there. For me that is.
    1. Daiskei's Avatar
      Daiskei -
      I don't know about you guys but... for me the 2.2 update was a GODSEND... Since the 2.2 update I no longer have to reboot my phone every other day to stop it from lagging and causing my apps to crash. I can also run themes with multiple widgets without it slowing down my phone one bit. I've also noticed that my typing lag has been DRAMATICALLY reduced and I LOVE the japanese Emoji, my boyfriend and I both have iPhones so we get to mess around with the Emoji all of the time now. There are so many of them!
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Daiskei View Post
      I don't know about you guys but... for me the 2.2 update was a GODSEND... Since the 2.2 update I no longer have to reboot my phone every other day to stop it from lagging and causing my apps to crash. I can also run themes with multiple widgets without it slowing down my phone one bit. I've also noticed that my typing lag has been DRAMATICALLY reduced

      I noticed a little bit of lag when typing if i had the text click sounds enabled. Once i disabled that, texting became much faster.
    1. wisecat74's Avatar
      wisecat74 -
      Apple's inability or unwillingness to add some features (listed below) that are common on almost every wireless phone out there, has let me to start thinking about getting the BlackBerry Storm.

      I hate to get and email and having to type some of the info in the email as a note in a contact. Most of these features are not a luxury, they are a necessity.

      Features:
      1. Copy and Paste
      2. MMS
      3. Video recording
      4. Flash player
      5. Text forwarding
      6. Being able to dial numbers from Notes application

      Apple time is running out!!!