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January 1, 2008

iPhone Firmware 1.1.3 Pending

As anyone with an iphone and an Internet connection knows, a new update (1.1.3) is on the way for iPhone.

It adds a bunch of so-so features and for some reason we can't figure out, still doesn't offer a any search function for the Phone application. (Come on, SMS has search, Safari auto-searches, Google Maps has a search, why doesn't the Phone application on a phone have a search feature?--trés annoying.)

Anyway, just in case you spent the holidays on the dark side of the moon, here's the scoop on the latest update:

* The ability to send an SMS message to multiple people is now there
* Google Maps application can now pinpoint your location using cell tower triangulation (this is a so-so feature at best, many factors have to be just right for this feature to work correctly, so don't get your panties all wet thinking they've added GPS functionality to the iPhone, cause it's not like that.)
* Google Maps can now display the Hybrid map view
* You can now drag and drop application icons on your home screen
* The home screen supports pagination
* You can now add web bookmarks to your home screen

Here's a link which will show you all of the 1.1.3 firmware's so-so features in an incredibly boring video.

We took a straw poll about how great these updates are at iPhonePOV headquarters and the result was a big 'Yawn.'

As an added bonus, the update installs a top-secret key that will make any unlocked iphone useless. Hacked iPhones will (probably) still work, but all your precious apps will stop working, so if you're in love with the hacker version of solitaire, you might want to wait until Apple officially starts supporting 3rd party applications (in Jan or Feb) so you can still get your game on.

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