iPhone News: 3G unlock coming, AT&T survey, OS 2.2 Google Maps
Latest iPhone News: Monday 27th October 2008
iPhone 3G unlock coming?
It seems that the iPhone Dev Team is still trying to work out how to hack the 3G iPhone so that it can be used on another network. They've now managed to break in to the baseband processor on the iPhone.
How close that means they could be to a complete break is another matter. How much you care depends on how much you want to break free from your current network provider. Simply jailbreaking the iPhone so you can use unapproved applications is already possible.
AT&T surveying users' iPhone wish lists
It's not unusual for a telecoms company to ask its customers how it's doing, and what things could be improved. AT&T is doing just that: asking US iPhone users what features should be included on future devices.
While it's unlikely AT&T is going to have much (if any) influence over what Apple chooses to implement in future versions of the iPhone, it could well be sizing up the issues that consumers have with the handset, perhaps lining up its own iPhone killer for 2009.
After all, it may be putting a brave face on how much the iPhone costs it, but it's clear Apple's device is an initial heavy hit for the telco.
The usual suspects are on the list, including copy and paste, MMS, and support for Flash and Java -- the kind of things already present on most other web-enabled smartphones.
Maybe Apple will pay attention, or maybe it's just a nice bit of PR for AT&T.
(Via iPhones Talk)
iPhone OS 2.2 to get more Google Maps goodness
Though Google Maps on the iPhone is great, there are some useful features missing that other smart handsets have already got.
Street View could well make it into version 2.2 of the iPhone firmware, along with walking directions (rather than just driving directions). There may even be some integration with public transport timetables, which would be an incredible piece of integration, though it would initially be US-focused.
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