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iPhone Firmware 1.1.1

   27 September 2007, mid-afternoon

Reports on what happens when you upgrade your iPhone’s firmware to 1.1.1 are starting to trickle in. So far things don’t look so good. Some people are reporting the loss of all their 3rd-party applications; others are saying their SIM cards are no longer recognized. My plan is to wait to there is clearer picture on what will happen. I’m missing out on some new features Apple has rolled out, which include: iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store. Louder speakerphone and receiver volume, Space bar double-tap shortcut to intelligently insert period and space, and other things I wouldn’t take the time to list on a feature list. Compare and contrast this with the sorts of applications and tools available to you if you chose to jailbreak your phone and install 3rd-party applications. Apple really needs to step up if they want people to leave their phones alone. Apple needs to release an SDK for the iPhone and let people develop for it legitimately. I think as of right now, what the people outside of Apple are getting up to is more interesting than what Apple is bringing to the table.

The problem with waiting to upgrade is that my phone is missing out on security updates that are being distributed in this patch. Still, if left to choose between a broken phone and a Javascript exploit, i’ll take the exploit.

[ed. I should setup a spin-off iPhone site before everyone here gets tired of me blathering on about my cell phone.]

Update 7:23pm: The latest word from Gizmodo is that the update will render unlocked iPhones more-or-less useless, as they will need to be activated with AT&T, but all attempts to do so will fail. Lame?

Update Oct 1st: You can now downgrade from 1.1.1 to 1.0.2 so that’s that.



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