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New features uncovered in iPhone 2.2 beta

Version 2.2 beta 1 of the iPhone OS was seeded to developers a while back but we haven’t learned much about it since then. Well, until now of course. We’ll likely have to wait for the release version before all of the features are revealed but a few neat little upgrades have been uncovered that are definitely worth mentioning. First and foremost, no, there is no support for copy / paste or MMS. Apple, if you need our help updating the iPhone OS to support these extremely advanced technologies, just ask. We’ll have it done in a week. Ok, enough about what’s not included in the 2.2 beta and on to what is included:

  • Support for Japanese emoji icons (try not to hurt yourself while jumping for joy)
  • Google Street View support within Google Maps
  • Ability to enable / disable auto-correction (!)

We’re not sure if the Google Street View support includes the very cool compass mode found in Android but our guess is going to be that it doesn’t. Well iPhone owners, you might not be able to copy a sentence and paste it somewhere else but at least you’ll soon be able to look at panoramic pictures of random points on a map and disable the horribly annoying auto-correct feature.


Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.