For the record I jailbroke my iPhone a few days ago full well knowing that the 2.2 OS update wasÂ imminent. I thought it gave me the perfect opportunity to play around with a jailbroken iPhone, build the Qik to Viddler bridge, and still be okay to install the latest update to the iPhone without losing anything.
The most notable updates about version 2.2, for me, are:
Walking directions in Google Maps – Although I use the driving directions in Google Maps as much as any feature on the iPhone, I’ve found myself wanting more accurate walking directions when visiting bigger cities.
Podcasts are downloadable in iTunes – I’m not sure how often I’ll use this feature since I sync my phone every day to get the latest content from my computer to the iPhone. I’m hoping moreso that the iPhone now displays Podcasts in reverse-chronological order.
Display the address of a pin – Another update to Google Maps that I’ve wanted to see since day one. When you drop a pin on the map, you can now see the street address of that pin.
And last… updates to Mobile Safari. Â Any updates to Mobile Safari are good updates.
There is one feature I’m leaving out because I would have loved to see it done a bit differently. In Google Maps you can now share your location via email. Google Maps will now construct an iPhone friendly URL and email it to anyone of your choice. This is an excellent update and I’m sure many will use it. But I would rather have seen Google Maps send the URL via SMS. Someone get on that, will ya?
Oh, and Google Maps has Street View too now. I have no idea why I’d ever use this. But, who knows.
On Sunday I asked on Twitter;Â ”Anyone else use Gmail IMAP in Mail.app with over 25,000 items? Does Mail.app seem to crawl for you too?”.
The responses were a mixed bag. Some told me to ditch Mail.app, some said that they’d rather use POP3 instead of IMAP, and others with far less email messages than I have sympathized with my situation.
Today while starting up the Macbook and sipping my coffee, I noticed Apple released Mac OS X 10.5.5 as a free software update. Â In the change notes I took notice of this particular line.
“Addresses performance issues related to displaying IMAP messages.”
To be honest, I don’t know what this actually means. It could mean that it speeds up Mail.app’s ability to display IMAP messages with in-line attachments. Â But it doesn’t say that. Â It could mean that it speeds up Mail.app’s message list, which is what I want it to say, but it doesn’t say that either.
After updating to 10.5.5 this morning I gave Mail.app a whirl. Â After several “restarts” of Mail.app it seems to be a little slower than it was before at displaying the message list. Â It takes 33-seconds to load the list on an IMAP-powered Mailbox with 11,899 messages.
So while the above update is, I’m sure, an update to Mail.app with regards to IMAP performance. I’m not seeing it yet. Â It looks like I’ll either switch to a web-based client for my Gmail-for-domains powered email (especially now that Gears runs in Safari) or somehow keep 1,000 messages in my Inbox at a time.