Looks like Apple just published firmware v1.1.2 for the iPhone; hit the download link to grab it yourself because iTunes hasn’t yet gotten wise to the fact that it’s out. Details to follow, but don’t expect jailbreak or the unactivated Safari workaround hack to still be functional, ok? (… aaaand we’re watching our download speed drop as our readers are grabbing the file. Rockin’.) Update: TIFF jailbreak exploit is dead. Sorry people. More below.
Update: Ok, We’re “sacrificing” an iPhone for you people. We’ll let you know what we find.
- Extracting software… restarting… iTunes successfully upgraded to 1.1.2.
- The “slide for emergency” slider flashed through different languages while it was waiting to be plugged in again.
- It’s activated, pulled the backup data, and restarted — success! Officially on 1.1.2.
- Testing jailbreakme.com… looks like they broke jailbreak! Yep, it’s broken alright.
- Not really finding any new features — certainly no new icons, no voice memos, nothing obvious about disk mode. Anyone else finding anything?
“Researchers for Strategy Analytics claim that the iPhone could become the best-selling handset in the US within the next six months. In addition, the handset has already become the best selling device for AT&T, according to reports. “The iPhone has become AT&T’s top selling device, commanding some 13 per cent of AT&T’s overall handset sales, and the fourth top selling handset in the US market,” said Barry Gilbert, vice president of the Strategy Analytics BuyerTRAX programs. “Although the iPhone hasn’t had an expansionary impact in the market, the iPhone has quickly assumed a leading market share position and raised the ante for smart devices. The sales trajectory we are observing with the iPhone could make it the top selling device in the US over the next 1-2 quarters.” The current best-selling handset, the Motorola RAZR V3, has seen its lead diminished recently, according to Strategy Analytics.”
“This new LG CU920 Prada version is heading to AT&T—which means there will be two touchphones battling it out on one network. Our source tells us that it’s very light, but comes with an antenna that’s easy to snap off. It’s supposedly 3G. It’s got zooming like the iPhone when browsing, but takes a couple steps instead of the iPhone’s one.”
“Well lookey see here, sounds like v1.1.1 isn’t all doom and gloom after all. The iPhone dev community’s apparently not only moved past accessing the nigh-unbreakable file system protections Apple implemented in the latest iPhone and iPod touch firmwares, they’ve also managed to hack the SpringBoard app into shape enough to properly launch 3rd party apps (which were, as expected, recompiled to function with the new iPhone frameworks). The iPod touch has apparently also been hacked for root access, and apparently those freshly recompiled apps are functioning there as well. But it’s still not without some bad news: unfortunately, it sounds like most (if not all) of these new hacks rely solely on that single TIFF exploit in Mobile Safari, meaning that everyone’s back to square one the moment Apple beams v1.1.2 to the public at large.”
“HTC has done a great job of sprucing up the joint with a sprinkling of add-ins that make the OS more usable, while AT&T brings goodies like TeleNav, AT&T Music, and Cellular Video to the table.”
the Tilt has finally been set for an October 5 launch. Besides the obvious feature of a tilting display the spec sheet reveals a 3 megapixel autofocus camera, HSDPA, stereo Bluetooth, Windows Mobile 6 Professional (the first AT&T device to officially get it), microSDHC slot for cards up to 32GB, WiFi, an integrated GPS receiver, and BlackBerry Connect support.
The picture here looks pretty much like HTC Kaiser variant in the wild, confirming that the front cam is gone, though it’s a little chubbier looking. The site gives nary a clue about when we might actually be able to get a Tilt in our hands simply by walking into a store..
Yes yes, friends. The day has finally arrived. Apple dropped a new iPhone firmware revision, bringing the official software notation up to version 1.1.1. This new software brings a host of changes and upgrades. Here’s a rundown of some of the more significant changes:
- iTunes Wi-Fi music store
- Louder speakerphone and receiver volume
- Home button double-click functionality
- Double-tap spacebar to intelligently insert period and space
- Apple Bluetooth headset battery status now appears in iPhone Status bar
- Support for TV Out
- EDGE/GPRS can now be manually turned on and off
- Adjustable alert volume
Apple elegantly states they have “discovered that some of the unauthorized unlocking programs available on the Internet may cause irreparable damage to the iPhone’s software. If you have modified your iPhone’s software, applying this software update may result in your iPhone becoming permanetly inoperable” For now, if you’ve “modified” your iPhone, we suggest you wait and see what the word is before updating. Although, the new features look oh-so-good! If you do decide to hit the update, let us know what happens!
“The iPhone soundly bested both the Nokia N95 and HTC Touch in a recent usability test by Perceptive Sciences, a Texas-based usability consulting firm. The test, which was designed to be as objective as possible, asked ten people who had never used any of the three devices to perform simple tasks, such as setting the phone to vibrate, making a call, saving a phone number to the contact list, sending a brief e-mail, and taking a photo. Completion times for each task were recorded and compared; based on these results and the scientists’ observations, a score of between one and five was awarded. Overall, the iPhone received a score of 4.6 out of 5, compared to the HTC Touch’s score of 3.4 and the N95’s score of 3.2. “Testers were [typically] about twice as fast doing specific tasks on the iPhone, which is pretty remarkable,” said senior research scientist Tom Thornton. The iPhone was triumphant in all but one of the five testing categories, losing to the Nokia N95 in “Functionality.”
Apple today released a statement regarding the use of iPhone unlocking programs and the changes they make to the iPhone. Apple claims that many of the unauthorized iPhone unlocking programs available online cause “irreparable damage” to the iPhone’s software, and that a future Apple-supplied iPhone software update will likely cause modified iPhones to become “permanently inoperable.” The company also revealed that it will release the next iPhone software update, containing “many” new features including the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, later this week. Apple went on to strongly discourage iPhone owners from installing unauthorized unlocking programs, and gave the following warning to those still considering the option: “Users who make unauthorized modifications to the software on their iPhone violate their iPhone software license agreement and void their warranty. The permanent inability to use an iPhone due to installing unlocking software is not covered under the iPhone’s warranty.”
- Now Playing controls throughout. I’ve complained about this before and thankfully, it’s on the way.
- Double clicking home screen goes to “Favorites” or “iPod”
- iTunes Wifi Store. No surprise there. It’s already running on the Touch.
- Additional iPod features: Closed captioning and support for video out.
- New Calculator icon on the home screen. Hmmm, okay.
- Multiple, international keyboards.
- Network setup with VPN support and disabling EDGE while roaming. Goodbye $3,000 international roaming bills.
- Mysterious “Carrier” menu. My personal hope would be support for other carrier’s SIMs internationally within the iPhone family. For example, I travel to England and can insert an O2 SIM.
Speculation as to when this will be released is rampant but I think we all hope sooner rather than later.
The Touch’s manual shows an option for “.” Shortcut whereby double-tapping the space bar enters a period followed a space. This one is right out of the Blackberry‘s playbook and presume it will also be in 1.1.1.