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iPhone 2.0 Software Update

This morning, having arrived back home from Minnesota just last night, I downloaded the new iPhone 2.0 software update (external link) that was released yesterday. Overall, the new update is certainly worth the half-hour it took to download it, especially with the introduction of third-party applications. Personally, I was especially happy to see the introduction of foreign language support, other than the original English, French, German, and Italian (especially, considering that it was only sold in the UK and US, the original mix did not include Spanish). The new features include:

  • Third-party applications
  • Foreign language support
  • Microsoft Exchange support
  • MobileMe (the replacement to the decrepit .Mac service)
  • Other small improvements here and there

iPhone App Store screenshot

The App Store is probably the coolest addition to the iPhone, although not all of the applications are free. Most are under $9.99, which is reasonable for most of the applications, especially the new accelerator-driven games. I have only had the chance to try out the Facebook, MySpace, and Twitterific applications, but all of them work well and are milestones ahead of their web-based predecessors (which worked pretty slow over EDGE).

If you have an iPhone, the update certainly eliminates the need to jailbreak your phone. The iPhone is still missing some key features, including MMS and copy-and-paste support. For those of us, like myself, not purchasing a new iPhone 3G, we still get to deal with the recessed headphone jack and lack of GPS, but oh well.

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  • Why they couldn't just add Java support like every single other phone is beyond me. Oh wait... It's because it's apple and they want to lock you into their system.

    Even with the 3G iPhone coming out I still see little reason to get it. It has far less features than even my current phone (Which is about 3 years old now). It's beyond me why people are making the big fuss about it. Oh wait... It's because it's Apple.

    Posted by Matt Oakes (external link) on Sat 12 Jul 2008 at 16:16

  • Some resentment there? I've become less Apple-crazy lately, but I still use their products and such. I like my iPhone a lot and it does exactly what I want out of a phone, except MMS messaging and the recessed headphone jack is annoying. Apple is known for making hype around its products, but I wouldn't say it's helping their sales figures or anything.

    Posted by Ethan Poole (external link) on Sun 13 Jul 2008 at 18:07

  • or maybe because java is a heap of crap.

    i moved to a 3g iphone from a K800i, i can honestly say the java applications on the k800 were so totally useless its not even worth having java.

    regarding features, sure he Iphone is lacking some features that are available by some older phones but for th emost part i never used those features in my k800i anyway so it doesnt bother me too much.

    biggest gripes are MMS and video, both of which can be fixed with 3rd party apps.

    The screen is fantastic, the app integration is unrivaled. i can add an address to a contact and then from the contacts list get GPS guidance to that persons house.

    The UI is just phenomenal.

    Posted by Mark Lloyd (external link) on Mon 14 Jul 2008 at 23:11

  • Yeah, the UI is uncomparable I will have to say. It is really hard to describe until you use it yourself. It is very intuitive and is a breeze to use. I have my nice first-gen iPhone, but the interface is still amazing.

    Also, I'm not sure adding Java would be much help. What good would it be for?

    Posted by Ethan Poole (external link) on Tue 15 Jul 2008 at 6:33