A major update to the iPhone's firmware arrived at the stroke of midnight Thursday, surprising Apple (aapl) watchers and taking just a little steam out of the Friday launch of Research in Motion's (rimm) BlackBerry Storm.
iPhone 2.2 contains dozens of fixes and improvements -- most of which had been telegraphed in advance through leaks from the developer community. Apple's handy checklist:
- Enhancements to Maps
- Google Street View
- public transit and walking directions
- display address of dropped pins
- share location via email
- resolved isolated issues with scheduled fetching of e-mail
- improved formatting of wide HTML email
Well, now they can. For example, here's the street where Steve Jobs works, as seen through an iPhone sitting 2,944 miles away:
One caveat: The iPhone lacks an internal compass, so it still can't deliver Google's vaunted Compass Mode, where the view changes as you swing your smartphone left and right (see here).
For more on what the update offers, see here. To download it, plug your iPhone into your computer and click on Check for Update. iPhone 2.2 weighs in at 246 MB and installs in less than 10 minutes.