iGot an iPhone Update

3:05 PM -- The iPhone saga continues.

First I loved it, because frankly it was the coolest piece of mobile machinery that I'd ever laid eyes on. Then I hated it, because Steve Jobs -- wiley son-of-a-gun that he is -- said he'd be making the next version even better.

Now I think I've fallen back into the "love" camp, if only because the latest iPhone update has a number of things that I've craved for a long, long time.

It's been a few days since the latest firmware update had been announced, and I upgraded almost immediately upon hearing about it.

First things first: The most important update, at least for me, was the ability to (finally) send SMS messages to multiple people. It was the single biggest thing missing from the iPhone when I bought it, and I was surprised that it took this long to remedy the problem. But now that it's fixed, I'm pretty darn pleased.

The ability to add specific Web pages to my home screen, and the ability to customize it -- move the icons around wherever I want them -- may not seem very revolutionary to Mr. Matsumoto, but it comes in handy. Plus, what other mobile device allows you to customize your display?

As for the new pinpoint maps application: I find it pretty useless. I'm using it right now, as we speak, and it puts me somewhere in the middle of a five-mile radius in lower Manhattan. Which is not exactly a great approximation for where I am, and not very helpful if I want to use it for finding out where I'd like to be.

All in all, though, I'm happy with the update, mainly just because it happened. I like the idea of having a mobile device that is supported and updated and made better, unlike the scores of other handsets I've had over the years that just got worse with age.

— Ryan Lawler, Temporary Apple Fanboy, Light Reading

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:49:42 PM
re: iGot an iPhone Update Actually, I'm sincerely happy you like the iPhone upgrades, Ryan.

Amazing that the maps application had trouble in NYC. There have been suggestions that Apple's method is actually better than GPS...

... but it seems to me more like a shaky excuse for not being able to support GPS's battery-life consumption.

You're right about the upgradable phone. Handsets are basically computers now, and there's no reason you shouldn't be able to preserve that investment while upgrading via their own networks.

No reason other than dumb fashion, that is, and we all know how powerful a market mover that can be. Hey, just look at iPhone sales. (had to get a dig in there somewhere.)
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