iPhone 2.2 Update, new & undocumented features/fixes screenshots (Updated constantly)

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  1. justinomg macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2008
    iPhone 2.2 Software Update
    A list of new & undocumented features/fixes in iPhone 2.1 Software Update can be found at http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=561840.

    In spirit of my previous thread, here's an overview of the new and undocumented features/fixed in iPhone 2.2 Update. Official and documented features/fixes will be noted below, with undocumented features/fixed noted further below.

    Please feel free to contribute any features/fixed you find; I'll be sure to add them with credit to you for the find of course.

    iPhone 2.2 Software Update
    This update contains many bug fixes and improvements, including the following:
    • Enhancements to Maps
    - Google Street View
    - public transit and walking directions
    - display address of dropped pins
    - share location via email
    • Enhancements to Mail
    - resolved isolated issues with scheduled fetching
    of email
    - improved formatting of wide HTML email
    • Improved stability and performance of Safari
    • Podcasts are now available for download in iTunes
    application (over Wi-Fi and cellular network)
    • Decrease in call set-up failures and call drops
    • Improved sound quality of visual voicemail messages
    • Pressing the Home button from any Home screen takes
    you to the first Home screen
    • Preference to turn on/off auto-correction in Keyboard

    Products compatible with this software update:
    • iPhone
    • iPhone 3G

    For more information on this software update, please visit this website: http://www.apple.com/uk/iphone/softwareupdate/.

    For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222/.

    Safari improvements
    Safari has seen a minimal cosmetic change, which features a new search-friendly user interface; the address bar and search bar both expand over each other for convenience. Safari is reported to have better performance and more stability also.

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    Podcasts (iTunes Store)
    Podcasts on the go
    You can now download audio and video Podcasts from the iTunes Store over WiFi or cellular direct to your iPod or iPhone. These downloads can be paused and resumed just like music purchases.
    Technote on downloading podcasts: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3281.

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    Google Street View
    Street View allows you to take a virtual tour of a specific area; navigate street-level photographs of places located in Maps.
    Note: Google Street View is not present on iPod touch.

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    Transport timetables and Walking Directions
    Unlike previous versions, which only offered directions by car, 2.2 brings the ability to get walking directions, find public transport timetables, check fares and estimate your travel time.

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    Share Location
    You can now tap the 'Share Location' button to send an e-mail including a Google Maps URL of a place, or your current location.

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    Pin displays location
    After dropping a pin, the address and area postcode will be displayed.

    Home Button shortcut
    Pressing the Home Button from any Home Screen page takes you the first Home Screen page
  2. justinomg thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Starting with iPhone 2.2, Japanese customers can create and view messages with Emoji characters.

    Not all customers can create and view Emoji. Emoji can only be sent from an iPhone running 2.2 with a SoftBank email account and a SoftBank SIM. Viewing Emoji on an iPhone requires iPhone 2.2 or later and a SoftBank SIM.

    Troubleshooting Emoji issues can be found here: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2450.
    Infomation on Emoji can be found here: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2404.

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    Undocumented features & fixes
    This is a list of undocumented features & fixes.

    Number formatting
    UK phone numbers are now formatted correctly. Before, numbers would display as 01234987654; a break has now been added, displaying the number as 01234 987654.
    - philgilder

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    Podcast streaming
    Tapping a Podcast's episode's name will result in the podcast being played via streaming (instead of a straight download).
    - chrisgeleven

    If streaming a Podcast through the iTunes Store, pressing the home button will cause it to continue in the background. This does not apply to video podcasts, which close as normal.
    - jmccullough108


    App Store modifications
    An icon of a application representing it's corresponding category is now visible next to the text. Prior to 2.2, the category only displayed text. You can now also view applications by "Top Paid" (most popular paid applications), "Top Free" (most popular free applications) and "Release Date" (applications are listed from their release date, with the most recent application appearing at the top of the list).

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    Application deletion and rating
    In an effort to improve participation in the App Store, when deleting an application, you are asked to rate it using the usual 5 star system.
    - iBeast

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    App Store links
    App Store links have now been fixed. Prior to 2.2, clicking a link to an application in the App Store would display "Invalid URL". The App Store now opens as expected.
    - mcdj

    Updating applications
    Applications now stay in their original position while being updates. Before, the application which was in the process of being updated would move to the next available space and download, and then move back to it's original position.
    - nickspohn

    Application screenshot viewer and individual buttons
    When viewing an application in the App Store, you can now view multiple screenshots. Prior to 2.2, the first screenshot in the strip would be displayed. There's now a dedicated screenshot viewer, which always you to 'swipe' through the screenshots at full screen. Each application page has it's own individual "Report A Problem" and "Tell A Friend" button.
    - hellomoto4

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    Update all applications
    The option to update all of your applications within the App Store has returned.
    - ratattak

    Updating applications purchased by another user
    When updating an application on an iPhone or iPod touch, if the application was purchased by another user, it shows a dialog to change the user and input the password. Prior to 2.2, the App Store didn't even show the update of a application if the account configured on the iPhone or iPod touch was different.
    - CarlosH

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    You now have the option to turn off auto-correction in Settings > General > Keyboard.
    - extraextra

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    Maps caching
    The Maps application no longer caches images.
    - NDimichino & nickspohn

    "+/-" button now has a different design.
    - hellomoto4 & balty

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    iPhoto now displays thumbnails of screenshots imported from your iPhone or iPod touch. Prior to 2.2, iPhoto would display a dotted outline without an image.
    - Zincous


    Safari tabs
    Tabbed web pages are now truly limited to eight. Previously, you could have more than eight individual web pages open, because you could open more from webclips on your Home Screen, and the number of tubs would not be be displayed whenever there were more than eight active tabs. After update 2.2, when eight tabs are open, attempting to open a ninth from a webclip will result in the first (leftmost) tab being removed. Trying another will result in the second tab, and so on.
    - sfditty

    Podcasts in the iPod application
    The ordering of podcasts in the iPod application has changed when viewing mutliple episodes of the same podcast. The oldest are now displayed at the top, with the most recent at the bottom. Now they'll play through in order, rather than in reverse order like they did in previous firmware versions.
    - tyr2

    On-the-go playlists
    The design of the on-the-go playlist screen has been changed; the 'Edit' button has been moved beneath the 'Playlists' instead of being directly opposite it (the 'Now Playing' button has also been finally added). The ability to 'Clear' the playlist has also been given it's own dedicated button rather than appearing solely after 'Edit' has been selected.
    - Ivan P

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    Stocks language
    In the Stocks application, when adding a foreign stock to the list, it displays the stock in its native language instead of English. Prior to 2.2, foreign stocks would display in English always.
    - AkuKnives

    You can now take a screenshot of your lock / unlock screen. Prior to 2.2, clicking both the lock button and home button would lock the phone.
    - CJKpi

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    More coming soon!
  3. justinomg thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2008
  4. Vandam500 macrumors 68000


    Sep 29, 2008
  5. Diatribe macrumors 601


    Jan 8, 2004
    Back in the motherland
    Great thread, just like the last one. Thanks a lot man. :)
  6. FFearr macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2008
    I logged on to IM+, and it gave me a message that the new version of IM+ has push notification. Is this true? Did we finally get Push Notification for apps? i haven't updated yet, i will when i get home, but anyone else have info on this? test it out, with IM+
  7. justinomg thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2008
    According to the application information, yes. The 'Lite' version of the application doesn't feature it though, so I can't test it out.

    Anyone else got this application?
  8. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006

    So glad they let you disable auto-correct! It always irritated me. If only there was a way to disable pop-up text messages now...
  9. eriktm macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2008

    Added "ENDS" to events over multiple days instead of just the time.
  10. Ashyukun macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2008
    The new version of IM+ as I understand it works like Beejive in that it has pseudo-push capabilities- it sends you an email over a push-capable email account that you've received a message. Since true background push isn't enabled yet even with 2.2 (as far as anyone has found- and you'd think that would have been Bullet Point Number One on the list of features from Apple if it were there...), none of the IM clients can do 'true' push yet...
  11. justinomg thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2008
    That's what I thought; IM+'s description is misleading though.

  12. sharp65 macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2007
    The ends thing is not new, it's been in since 2.1
  13. taran420 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    when you delete a app, it ask you to rate the app or select "no thanks
  14. Bernie-Mac macrumors 65816

    Jul 30, 2007
    Sin City, NV
  15. iBeast macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2007
    It seems that the SMS preview has reverted back to (Name)/"New Text Message" from "New Text Message".

    I thought the it was more secure not seeing who the message is from :p
  16. jmccullough108 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2008
    St. Louis, MO
    if you are streaming podcasts you can press the home button and it still plays in the background. :cool:
  17. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    This one is small but, it's a change:

    When you open contacts app, you're presented with a blank screen until the app is finished completely loading. In prior versions, it *appeared* to be loaded instantly and you'd think the iPhone is ready to scroll and of course you had to wait and wave your finger around until the iPhone completely loaded Contacts.app. This used to annoy me, I'm glad we finally have a way to know when Contacts is ready to be used just by looking.

    No it isn't.
  18. justinomg thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Thanks, I'll your finds.
  19. DigMe macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2008
  20. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Looks like they fixed links to apps in the app store. Previously on 2.1, if you clicked on a link to an app in the store, you would get "invalid URL".

    The App Store app now opens as expected. This is a nice fix.
  21. Bernie-Mac macrumors 65816

    Jul 30, 2007
    Sin City, NV
    Must have been cuz I was jailbroken
  22. ElectricBrain macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2008
    I delved a bit deeper on how the new 2.2 firmware handles podcasts over the air. But basically instead of downloading audio/video podcasts, you can just click the name and it will stream it and play it immediately on the iPhone via 3G regardless of filesize. And it will play in the background or you can pause it and go back to it by clicking the iTunes app again later.
  23. OrangeCuse44 macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    Mass transit question

    In NYC for example, can you now click on the subway station on the map and get directions to the station? You can click on the station logo in Google Maps but couldn't in iPhone Maps.
  24. Russell C macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2008
    Yellow Calendar Text

    Small change, but a change nonetheless is that the Calendar on the iPhone will display black text on a yellow calendar event.

    It was white before, which was hard to read. This was a nice plus for me using a yellow calendar...

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