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iPhone 2.2 Firmware released (+ iTunes update)


Earlier than some expected, Apple have released the latest update for iPhone and iPod touch users in iTunes (firmware 2.2).  This is said to include, amongst other things, enhancements to Google Maps (Street view), Podcast downloads through the App Store, updates to Safari and several other features/upgrades.

Coinciding with the the latter is an itunes update > 8.0.2.  Bug fixes, stability and performance have been addressed in this release.


iPod Touch firmware 1.1.3 & January Software

Within the last few days, Apple released the latest firmware for the iPod touch, version 1.1.3.  At approximately 160MB, the highly anticipated update has been well received.  However, along with the latter update, and a synchronised iTunes update comes the “January Software Upgrade”.  This upgrade, £12.99 in the UK and $20.00 in the USA, offers 5 new applications which have previously been available for free on the iPhone and will ship as standard on all iPod touch devices produced furthermore.  Thus, those who have previously invested their hard earned dollars and pounds are being ripped off and left out in the consumer cold.  However, this is not unusual for Apple, with the recent pricing controversy over the iPhone.  The ‘software upgrade’ itself is a nice addition to the touch, adding considerable functionality and the ability to have an additional home screen is another plus point.  Nevertheless, £12.99 for this is ‘upgrade’ is outrageous and can not be justified.

EU iPod Touch and the pathetic volume saga


I received an iPod touch today.  To be fair, I didn’t know much about this device, but I didn’t like the thought of it until I actually used it.  A marvelous invention, the wi-fi function being particularly noteworthy.  However, i discovered one major problem.  The volume.  I was previously using a 1st generation iPod Nano (2GB) and the maximum volume was deafening.  However when I switch the Touch to maximum volume it is only a shadow of the Nano’s amplification glory.  Having done a little research, i have discovered that this is due to a French law that the rest of Europe is conforming to (surprise surprise) which means that all portable music devices can now only achieve a certain volume in order to protect our health and prevent us from going deaf.  I ask, why can’t I make this decision for myself?  Another example of the government intervening in our lives and mollycoddling us into decision making submission.  Yet most importantly, i can’t listen to my music at an adequate volume on the tube, in the street, etc.  This is a real pain in the arse.  Therefore i urge you not to buy an iPod touch in the UK… get one from a US seller on eBay and you will be free to damage your ears as much as you wish.


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