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iPhone 2.2 to incorporate Street View, more?

updated 12:10 pm EDT, Mon October 6, 2008

iPhone 2.2 Street View?

Some heavily-requested features may be among those added to Apple's planned iPhone 2.2 firmware, anonymous developers claim. While the first beta is said to have altered Safari's address bar, and tweaked the App Store interface to include items like a new bug report option, an updated release is said to include hooks for Google's Street View feature, which lets people access ground-level panoramas on particular roads. At present, this can only be accessed through the Google Maps website.

The feature is notable in that the first phone to be announced with it was not the iPhone but T-Mobile's G1, also known as the first device to use Google's Android handheld platform. The G1 is due on October 22nd, which may give Apple enough time to compete with a completed version of its new firmware.

The update is also said to have an option for disabling the auto-correction feature in typing, which has irritated a number of iPhone owners by choosing inaccurate terms. Over 20,000 people have signed a petition asking for the interface adjustment. The firmware should further incorporate support for emoji icons, graphics used to enhance messages in Japan. As emoji are prevalent on a number of Japanese devices, the lack of these on the iPhone is said to be a common complaint.




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  1. Haroscarfel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    freakin cut and paste

    come on.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Video...

    ...would be nice...

  1. byRyan

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    MMS

    what about MMS?
    I am tired of not being able to send or receive photos from people with other phones.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    cut and paste

    Come on. Do you want Apple just to slap in 'cut and paste' to make taking email information and pasting it into your address book or something? No. You want Apple to take their time and do it right. Even if it takes another year, it just can't be slapped in there. iPhone users would rather live without than have a non-elegant solution.

  1. QualleyIV

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    Two worst iPhone requests

    1. MMS
      2. Cut and paste

      Get over it. Enjoy your iPhone as it is. I loved my 2.5G iPhone for every day I had it (from release day until 3G release day) and I now enjoy my 3G iPhone every day. If you really need a feature that the iPhone doesn't have, get another phone.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Re: MMS

    Oh, come on. The iPhone has eMail, which is so much better than MMS. Sure, not everyone has an iPhone yet, or a data plan for that matter, but that's not Apple's problem. Get all your friends and family to buy an iPhone, then you're all set. None of this crappy MMS solutions.

    Then again, one wonders why the iPhone even has texting support, since email can handle that too. But I'm sure there's a reason for that, as well.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    @testudo

    Speak for yourself testudo. "iPhone users" would NOT rather spend the next year using a pencil and paper to write down a long email address or URL just so they can then enter it into a different application.

    Apple has made many decisions with the iPhone that limit it's ability to be a "productivity device". Ever try to take class/meeting notes on an iPhone or iPod Touch? There's no technical reason not to support a bluetooth keyboard.

    My iPhone to me is an internet connected TOY. But with it, I still need a PDA and a GPS Navigator. Why? Strictly due to Apple imposed limitations.

    I would never recommend it to anyone who wishes to use it as more than a toy.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    mms vs. email

    everyone complained when apple dropped the floppy drive from the original imac. it was still a common technology at the time, much like now where everyone uses MMS. But it's got desktop-class email and all future phones will eventually support that as well. Its just a matter of time until people barely remember even using MMS. I don't hear anyone complaining that they wish they still had their floppy drive anymore.

  1. pbjudge

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Features I have to have..

    1) cut -n- paste
    2) support for mobile me aliases
    3) ability to send/receive emoji (I'm in Japan)
    4) have google maps work for directions (don't yet in Japan)

    PLEASE STEVE! PLEASE!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Yo, Guest.

    I think Testudo was being sarcastic. And I agree with the C P choir. Just do it, Apple. Fark.

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