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iPhone Firmware 2.2 Out Now

Gordon Kelly


iPhone Firmware 2.2 Update Out Now

Despite not sporting the most significant of numbers firmware 2.2 has been much anticipated by iPhone owners for some time and now it's here...

Heavily leaked before release (nothing is secret anymore) the new update brings us improvements galore, so let's just spit them out:

  • Google Street View

  • Public transit and walking directions

  • Display address of dropped pins

  • Share location via email

  • Decrease in call setup failures and dropped calls

  • Resolved isolated issues with scheduled fetching of email

  • Improved formatting of wide HTML email

  • Podcasts are now available for download in iTunes application (over Wi-Fi and cellular network)

  • Improved stability and performance of Safari

  • Improved sound quality of Visual Voicemail messages

  • Pressing Home button from any Home screen displays the first Home screen

  • Preference to turn on/off auto-correction in Keyboard Settings
Yep, it's quite the bump this time around and makes up for the rather dull firmware 2.1 which was essentially a tweaks and performance optimisation patch.

On the other hand, much as we've been crying out for walking directions, OTA podcasts and the like simple pleasures like MMS and copy and paste continue to be criminally overlooked by the Cupertino giant. Quite why is baffling as it serves only to infuriate converts and provide ongoing ammunition to critics.

As I recently examined mobile OS X verses Safari (many thanks for the huge amount of feedback - largely positive - everyone) it seems my praise and criticism of this remarkable platform remain intact.

Sadly, that wasn't quite what I'd hoped...

Update: Nope, we don't yet know when the iPod touch will be getting 2.2 goodness, but owners must've gotten used to being treated like second class citizens now, right...? (!)

Update 2: As pointed out by Barry in the comments, firmware 2.2 is out for iPod touch now but it's bizarrely lacking the Google Maps improvements. Why? There's no technical reason so it must be to allow Apple to charge owners at a later date. Apple, this is why those who hate you hate you...

Update 3: Quick FYI - had assumed you guys know that Street View hasn't arrived in the UK yet (though it will soon). Until then it'll only work with US based locations - apologies if this wasn't clear.

Update 4: Switch from miles to kilometres in Google Maps is an annoying change, though UK numbers are now formatted properly when dialled.


iPhone Firmware 2.2 Page


November 21, 2008, 8:04 pm

Out of interest, there is no technical reason why the iphone can't do MMS is there?

It just seems so stupid why they don't add it?

Barry Ward

November 21, 2008, 8:11 pm

Treated like second-class citizens is right!

The firmware is also available for us Touch owners but...

"Google Street View and Public transit and walking directions"

These are NOT in the Touch version of the firmware for some strange reason. There is no excuse for this at all, and a lot of Touch owners are already expressing their anger in blogs and forums over it.


November 21, 2008, 8:12 pm


If only I'd had this last night, finding the train station wouldn't have been quite so car-friendly. I was walking, dammit!

Peter 9

November 21, 2008, 8:17 pm

Just connected my ipod touch 2nd gen to itunes, and the update was there for my ipod.


November 21, 2008, 11:46 pm

Too bad distances in Maps are now in 'km' rather than 'miles'. Europe here we come! Doh!

Oliver Levett

November 22, 2008, 3:33 am

Oh, look! Your favourite company has managed to pull of yet another "We'll change the number, but not give you what you actually want, so we can charge you in the future." - I wonder if the next iPhone will be the "iPhone MMS"?

Also, isn't having a "stability update" a bit like saying: "the code we built last time was a bit buggy... Whoops..."

Peter Morris

November 22, 2008, 11:47 am

Take care, UK users!

iPhone Touch 2.2 breaks iPlayer so if you get your BBC fix on the tiddly screen (by the way the quality is fantastic), you do NOT want to go for 2.2.


November 22, 2008, 4:36 pm

Well I updated my iphone (in the UK) and I don't have google maps street view for London nor public transit details. What is going on here apple - is this phone just for the USA?


November 22, 2008, 5:37 pm

As far as public transit details for London even TFL (who run it all) have no idea when, where or if trains and buses run. So don't feel too bad about the iPhone being left behind.


November 22, 2008, 7:47 pm

I'm an ipod touch user - feel a little let down by not receiving street view! As Peter mentions as well, 2.2 seems to have broken iPlayer. Keeps coming up with an error saying content needs wifi connection - even though I'm browsing over a wifi connection?

On the plus side navigating menus etc seems much more responsive.


November 22, 2008, 11:06 pm

A warning to those with unlocked iPhones too. After upgrading my unlocked (Turbo SIM) 3G iPhone I couldn't get a signal. It was replaced with 'No Carrier' so I've spent all afternoon reverting back to v2.1. I hope it's not been 'bricked'


November 23, 2008, 5:39 pm

2.2 breaks Fring!!


November 24, 2008, 4:03 am

@Orinj - of course it relocks unlocked and jailbroken phones, surely you know this about new firmware by now?

@DangerousDave - agreed, shame. Thankfully went out with a European girl for many years so can think in kms!

@Peter - iPlayer works for me on 2.2

@Cavalier - see update on my article, though public transport works fine.

@henryg - fring works fine for me on 2.2 also.

Cut and paste and MMS remain ridiculous omissions but otherwise I've found this to be the second best iPhone firmware to date(obviously not for poor iPod touch owners) since 2.0. Apple continues to impress and irritate in equal measure.


November 24, 2008, 7:39 pm

Gordon, that's not obviously the case. I upgraded my iPhone 3G to v2.1 without any adverse affect on its unlocked functionality. I just didn't check before going to v2.2.


November 24, 2008, 7:42 pm

@Orinj - fair enough, though it has been the case on every other single iPhone firmware update so I'd have to say you were a bit impetuous there ;)


November 24, 2008, 8:17 pm

@Gordon - Perhaps. I'm obviously losing my 'geek' awareness of these things to make the mistake. That said, I'm using a hardware unlocking solution (Turbo SIM) which was touted to be impervious to firmware related changes. I'm waiting to hear back from the supplier to get a refund or solution to the issue as their product no longer works.


November 24, 2008, 9:48 pm

@Orinj - normally hardware unlocks only work for one particular firmware version, if you can get guarantees beyond that I'll be impressed. I had an unlock iPhone for some time, but gave up in the end swapped to an iPhone 3G on contact, life is just much easier.

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