I’m a little off topic with this post, but I thought I’d share my experiences with Apple’s iPhone software update this morning.
But I was excited about the new software update for my phone. No, it still won’t make coffee or take my shirts to the dry cleaners, but it’s well worth the price. (Free for existing iPhone users.)
It took me about 30 minutes to download the new version of iTunes (7.7) last night, along with new versions of the Safari browser, QuickTime and an OS X security update.
This morning, it took about an hour to update my iPhone’s operating system to the new 2.0 version. Turns out the update wipes out your phone (although a backup is kept on your computer), so after downloading the 212 MB update file, it has to install it and then rewrite all your existing music, videos, photos and other settings to the iPhone.
I was a little nervous about the length of time the update took, but every thing’s working perfectly. Apple’s App Store, which allows you to download games and other applications to the iPhone, already has a ton of stuff on there. You can access it through iTunes 7.7 or directly from the iPhone, if you have a wireless connection.
So far, I’ve downloaded a Scrabble game and the new reader application for the New York Times, which is pretty nifty. It took a little while to update at first–more than 3 minutes–but it downloaded all of today’s content from the NYT Web site to my iPhone for offline reading.
No word yet whether NewsOK.com is building a standalone iPhone application, but we’ve had the iPhone version of the Web site up for a few months now.
Written by Paul Monies