OTA podcasts enabled in iPhone 2.2 firmware

OTA podcasts enabled in iPhone 2.2 firmware

Summary: In September Apple denied Podcaster access to the App Store because it was in the process of adding Over The Air (OTA) podcast downloads to the bundled iPod application. Earlier in the week Apple exposed the user interface for OTA podcasts in iPhone 2.

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In September Apple denied Podcaster access to the App Store because it was in the process of adding Over The Air (OTA) podcast downloads to the bundled iPod application. Earlier in the week Apple exposed the user interface for OTA podcasts in iPhone 2.2 beta 2 – but the feature wasn't working.

Today Schimanke.com posted screenshots from iPhone 2.2 indicating that Apple has enabled OTA podcasts in the latest developer build.

MacRumors:

The new iTunes Store screenshots confirm that Apple will be delivering over-the-air downloads for both video and audio podcasts. According to Schimanke, podcast downloads will be limited to episodes less than 10MB in size when using the cellular network....The screenshots also show off the new App Store category view with icons embedded.

There's no word on when iPhone 2.2 firmware will be released to the great unwashed masses. I originally thought that Apple might hold it for Macworld Expo in January 2009, but it now appears that the update is further along than originally thought.

Two points about this:

1. Apple needs to speed up these iPhone updates a little more. Many of 2.2's features (i.e. Street view) are already released on other phone platforms (i.e. Android). Apple has more competition than ever and can quickly lose their head start in the touchscreen smartphone segment if they don't move quickly. Apple can't afford to get complacent and rest on its iPhone laurels. Apple need to be scrappy, tough and fight like the underdog it is. Sometimes its almost like the entire iPhone team was given an extended vacation after Jobs announced that Apple had outsold RIM last quarter.

I wouldn't mind if Apple released an iPhone software patch every month. In fact, I'm pretty sure that Apple would get an overwhelming response to a "nightly build" type of alpha or beta testing software program for the iPhone. I guess they either don't want external testing or they don't have a system in place to track it.

2. Copy and Paste. This feature has now become the huge pink elephant in the room. Apple has refused to identify the importance of this feature besides a simple statement to the effect of "we're working on it." Apple needs to put all other iPhone software development on hold and focus the team on releasing copy and paste. Not having it is becoming a credibility problem for Apple.

Topics: iPhone, Apple, Browser, Mobility, Software

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  • Bullet Points...

    1. Apple isn't an underdog anymore.
    2. Betas work on certain things. I'll try out beta software all the time. The problem is that I doubt that it will work well on a phone - if my phone is running beta firmware, and I can't send or receive calls or access my data, I lose money.
    3. The worst part about cut-and-paste is that there's already a Cyidia app that does this!! all Apple needs to do is either learn from it, or just buy out the app.
    4. Apple also hasn't addressed the lack of MMS. Again, there's already a Cydia app that does this, and it works very well. Why isn't Apple jumping on this?

    Joey
    voyager529
    • Beta firmware would strictly be OPT IN

      Not that Apple would ever do this, but...

      iPhone firmware betas would be strictly opt in - there's no gun to your head to download the latest mozilla nightly builds. If you're not willing to play with beta firmware, you don't check that button. Simple.

      The upside to giving customers access to development firmware is that many people would opt in and give Apple valuable feedback *for free*

      So, what's the penalty to Apple? Almost none.

      - Jason
      Jason D. O'Grady
      • Patch Size

        Howabout not having to download a whopping 300MB for the firmware. Ever
        heard of packages and patches Apple?
        Opps, from the same company that makes you restart your entire system after
        an iPhoto update in OS X. Oh well. 8)
        chromeronin
  • In related news

    [i]In September Microsoft denied iTunes access to the Windows API because it was in the process of adding Zune support to Windows.[/i]

    Oh how the reaction to that story would be different! :)
    NonZealot
  • Agreed (nt)

    nt
    steeldestroyer
  • RE: OTA podcasts enabled in iPhone 2.2 firmware

    Apple got it right with 2.1 after the 2.0 disaster. They should ensure everything is working and thoroughly tested before unleashing it on the masses. An update a month is probably too much for them to handle properly.
    elayne613@...