After watching the Macworld 2008 Keynote live blogging I found that Software Update wasn’t bringing up the goods so I downloaded and installed iTunes 7.6. That gave me the 1.1.3 update for my iPod touch, and offered me a paid software upgrade.
After a bit of updating and unplugging I now have fancy new features working nicely on my iPod touch, including Mail, a Weather widget, Stocks (don’t care about this one), and Notes (hooray!), as per Major software upgrade available for iPod touch:
With the installation of this major software upgrade, the best iPod becomes even more: the world’s best Wi-Fi mobile device. The upgrade—available from iTunes for just [US]$19.99—adds five more great mobile applications to iPod touch: Mail, Maps, Stocks, Weather, and Notes. It also includes such new features as Web Clips, a customizable home screen, and the ability to watch iTunes Movie Rentals on iPod touch.
OK, that thing about movie rentals is just a tease — in New Zealand we don’t have movies or TV shows in the iTunes Store, though rentals are promised for later this year, apparently.
I love the jiggling icons when you customise the home screen, and have moved the apps I most use to the edges of the screen for easy access.
Maps gave me some nice driving directions from my home to the Webstock venue (in case I forget how to get there), but Wellington’s very tricky, being on hills and all. The directions had me making a right turn by the monastery and driving down what is either a footpath with steps or no footpath at all — there’s definitely no road there.
I haven’t yet discovered how to set a Home address. And that picture of our house … still several years out of date. Must read a tutorial or watch a demo: “
Your location could not be determined.” What’s that about?
Get directions and check traffic with Google Maps. Even find yourself, wherever you are. Using some local Wi-Fi networks (if Wi-Fi is turned on), iPod touch finds your approximate location and gives directions from there.
Via: iPod touch Maps.
I’ll be glad to add notes to the Notes app, instead of hijacking an Address Book entry’s Notes field. Weather confirmed that today’s nice and warm and sunny.
Mail gave me a bit of a shock. I’m now so used to using Gmail’s web interface on Mac or iPod that I wondered why I had several separate messages for one ‘conversation’ in my In Box. Writing a test message though was cool: I typed
m in the To: field and was able to select an Address Book entry from the list of those containing the letter
It was darned easy to set up: it required only name, email address and password, after selecting Gmail as the provider. Mail seems a bit slow though: after selecting an InBox message it swiftly changes to the message content screen, but the content takes a while to show up.
Oh, and I know I may have a small mind — easily amused — but I’ll delete messages all day just to see the animation of the wee trash can tilting, opening its lid and sucking in the message. But then I still love the ‘puff of smoke’ when deleting items from the Dock on the Mac.
Worth NZ$30? Yes.