iPhone firmware 1.1.1 update released

As promised Apple released a new feature update for the iPhone. The new features include:

  • iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store
  • Louder Speaker Phone and Receiver Volume
  • Home Button double-click to phone favorites or music controls (hey, that’s a Terry White feature – see below)
  • 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 reordered
  • Apple Bluetooth Headset battery status in the Status Bar
  • Support for TV Out
  • Preference to turn off EDGE/GPRS roaming internationally
  • New Passcode lock time intervals
  • Adjustable alert volume

These updates are very welcomed. I’m very happy that Apple implemented one of my suggestions! If you remember, I wrote an iPhone Review and has been very well received and ranks in the top five iPhone reviews on Google. In that review I said:

So I’m very happy to know that I helped the iPhone development in some small way 😉

I’m also happy that there is now a preference to turn OFF EDGE/GPRS roaming internationally. There are people who are traveling abroad and coming back home to monstrous roaming bills (some over $1,000) because their using their iPhone’s data capabilities internationally without realizing the outrageously high data roaming charges that some carriers charge. To simply check your email could cost you $5. Viewing a web page or two could cost you another $5-10 without knowing it. So this should help this situation quite a bit.

 

There is still room for more

I’m still very happy with my iPhone, but there is still lots of room for improvement. Most of the things I want should be relatively simple fixes that can be done via software – My Wish list:

1 – Sync Notes
2 – Cut/Copy Paste system wide
3 – Email anything (besides notes, photos URLs) Contacts, maps, directions, etc.
4 – MMS
5 – Consolidated Mail in Box and easier way to jump between accounts
6 – My OWN ringtones
7 – Flash support in Safari
8 – Video and Voice Recording
9 – Color coded or Separate Calendar view
10 – Searchable Contacts
11 – To be able to assign ringtones to groups
12 – Syncing iPhone to Computer over Bluetooth
13 – Voice dialing
14 – Dial-up Networking (use the iPhone as a modem)
15 – iPhones on AT&T corporate plans

Hopefully we’ll see more updates frequently to continue to add new features.

Hackers beware! It appears that the update restores the phone back to its original state from the stand point of needing to be "Activated" again (which it did automatically. No need to walk through the process manually). It doesn’t remove any data including my custom Non-iTunes ringtones, but if you’re not using an AT&T SIM card, you may be hosed!

Apple also posted this video on the new features…

  • Terry,
    I had not updated to iTunes 7.4.2 because I’d heard it would mess up my iToner tunes. Guess what? My iPhone didn’t know that it needed a firmware update? When I clicked on update, it said I had the most recent software, but it was still 1.0.1.

    Upon updating to 7.4.2 (and yes, I had to redo all my tones), it “suddenly” discovered there was a new firmware update available.

    This is not like the Apple of old. Very depressing…

  • Jim

    Does anyone know if the iPhone will sync with outlook? Thanks

  • terrywhite

    Jim, yes the iPhone syncs Contacts and Calendar from Outlook.

  • Lisa

    Terry,

    I’m looking at the IPhone primarily because I have “misplaced” my Dell Axim which I love because it’s as if I’m carrying around my Dell PC in my purse! I use my Outlook Contacts and Calendar which I see syncs with the IPhone but I also use my Outlook Task list as well. Does IPhone support this?

  • terrywhite

    Lisa,
    I don’t believe that the iPhone syncs with tasks yet. There is no “to do” feature on the iPhone yet. It’s something that could easily be added via a software update, but it’s not there yet.

  • patricia

    how can you get non itunes ringtones

  • terrywhite

    patricia,
    Depends if you’re on the Mac or PC:
    Mac users:
    You can now use GarageBand ’08 (part of iLife ’08) to create and add custom ringtones to an iPhone running firmware 1.1.2 or higher.
    Or you can use the very good iToner app from Ambrosia Software ($15). GREAT UTILITY!

    If you’re on the PC,
    Then you might want to check out iPhoneRingtoneMaker.com

  • Anna

    Hi,
    I am really wanting this phone, but friends of mine have told me they break easy and are slow!
    I drop my phone often and don’t want to risk it breaking, is this a big risk factor or does apple have a good warrenty to cover that?
    Thanks