Apple has updated its iPhone cell phone firmware software to 1.1.1. Apple has released this to not only fix bugs, but to make it more difficult for users trying to hack their iPhones for use on other wireless networks. To upgrade the iPhone, plug it into the Mac or PC with its dock connector and iTunes will automatically launch. iTunes should say there is an upgrade to version 7.4.3. Once that is installed, iTunes will recognize the iPhone and then show the upgrade window. Users then have the option to download the iPhone software or to download and then install the firmware update.
As mentioned a few days ago, the new iPhone firmware would include quite a few new features and functions. The firmware upgrade includes the following.
- Louder speakerphone and receiver volume
- iTunes Wi-Fi Store
- Home Button double-click shortcut to phone favorites or music controls
- Space bar double-tap shortcut to intelligently insert period and space
- Mail attachments are viewable in portrait and landscape
- Stocks and cities in Stocks and Weather can be re-ordered
- Apple Bluetooth Headset battery status in the Status Bar
- Support for TV Out
- Preference to turn off EDGE/GPRS when roaming internationally
- New Passcode lock time intervals
- Adjustable alert volume
This is an alert and warning from Apple on this update.
WARNING: Apple has 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 PERMANENTLY INOPERABLE. Making unauthorized modifications to the software on your iPhone violates the iPhone software license agreement, and the inability to use your iPhone to unauthorized software modifications is not covered under your iPhone’s warranty.
Reports around the Internet have confirmed that the update does disable all third party software programs. It has also been reported that if an iPhone has been SIM unlocked prior to the update it will be re-locked after the firmware install. Via Gizmodo.