iGot an iPhone Update
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