UPDATE: In case you thought this was fake, Steve Jobs just confirmed that our 1.1.3 coverage is real in his MacWorld 2008 keynote.
Looks like the soon-to-be-released iPhone firmware 1.1.3 has quite a few surprises. We were able to get a look at it, and here is what we found:
- 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
- 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
That is all we have found for now. We also know that is you used AnySIM to unlock your phone, you can expect the 1.1.3 update to brick it. Good times. Take a look at our iPhone Firmware 1.1.3 Gallery for a photo tour of the new stuff. By the way, if you are looking for an excellent program to create custom ringtones for your iPhone, check out iPhone RingToneMaker.
Read More | iPhone 1.1.3 Feature Gallery
Kent Sutherland, developer and brainchild behind the fine iChat add-on Chax just released his newest OS X powertoy: Warp. Warp enhances Leopard‘s Spaces (a virtual screen technology) by letting you glide between spaces with the flick of your mouse. Warp creates hot zones on the sides of your screen so sliding your mouse to the left of the screen switches to the space that is to the left of your current screen. Featuring options to enable the switch only with a hotkey if you want to avoid accidental activation, as well as options to automatically warp your mouse over to the other side of the screen (leaving it where it would naturally be if you had two real monitors rather than two virtual ones) Warp is already a polished software even now with it’s initial 1.0 release.
Warp is free, but donations are requested and well deserved.
Read More | Ksuther.com
Want to give a new unlocked phone for the holidays? Wireless Riot is having an incredible last-minute sale with savings in some cases over 50%. This applies to HTC’s Cavalier, Imate, LG’s Chocolate Platinum, Motorola’s KRZR and PEBL, Nokia, RIM’s Blackberry, Samsung Armani, and Sony Ericsson phones, as well as the iPhone, which has a last minute sale price of $548.99, a 25% savings. Use the code “HIELO2007” for an extra discount at checkout. (We like to share.)
Read More | Wireless Riot
Being that I am an ADC member, I was able to enjoy the original dock functionality during the beta period of Leopard. No idea what we mean by that? Well basically, in the beta versions of Leopard, you were able to create Stacks that could be placed on the left side of the Dock, alongside the application icons. These would be Stacks of applications, that made things a lot more tidy in the Dock. An example would be putting Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Entourage into a Stack that you would name Microsoft Office. Then you have one icon representing all of those apps which would fan out for you to choose an app to launch. You set up a few of these app stacks, and you end up with a more organized Dock. This functionality has since disappeared from Leopard. Take a look at the Read More URL down at the end of this post to see a video of all this in action. Here’s hoping apple brings back the feature. It did rock. If you agree, let Apple know!
Read More | Kuragari
Read More | Inventive Labs
Many were anticipating that the short and stubby iPod nano would be a disappointment when the rumors of the device were running rampant. Once Steve Jobs introduced it, all fears were quelled. Just get one into your hands, and you will no longer be a skeptic. The 2-inch screen obviously isn’t the best for watching full-length movies, but for music videos and the like, it’s worthy. If you are all about the audio, the nano holds up to 8 GB worth of data. It’s thin (0.3 inches), the screen is fantastic, and the battery lasts for 26 hours. Just stay away from Cover Flow on this one - it’s sluggish.
Read More | Apple iPod nano
Parallels is one of the most popular software packages available for Mac OS X, and with the recent release of Leopard, users have been left begging for full Parallels support in the latest big cat release from Apple. That day has finally come, as Parallels announced today that their Leopard Update for Parallels Desktop 3.0 is available for download, providing full Leopard compatibility. If you have a Parallels Desktop 3.0 license already, this is a free update.
In other news, the company also launched the new Parallels Desktop Premium Edition. It includes Parallels Desktop for Mac, Kapersky Internet Security 7.0 for virus protection, Acronis True Image 11 Home for backing up data, and Acronis Disk Director Suite for disk management. You get all that for $20 more than the price of Parallels Desktop on it’s own - and separately all that software would run you $175. Not bad, we think. The only thing missing now is a nice deal on a fresh copy of Windows XP!
Read More | Parallels Premium Edition
Mophie’s new Juice Pack promises to more than double the life of your iPhone at the expense of a little pocketability. The sled style battery pack offers up an additional 250 hours of standby, 24 hours of music playback, 8 hours of talk time, 7 hours of video playback, or 6 hours of internet use. Featuring a soft grip case to help avoid those terrifying iPhone drops the Juice Pack seems like the perfect solution for anyone looking for a little extra juice out of their iPhone on long trips or while away from convenient AC power. The Power Pack is less than $100 and promises to ship by Christmas.
New police cadets in New York are receiving iPods to help them in their studies. They are pre-loaded with information on Penal Law, criminal procedure, warrants, and ethics. About 950 recruits received the PMPs for their studies and are expected to graduate late this month.
“Now a recruit can watch a class on ‘search and seizure’ while going home on the subway,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
That’s certainly a pleasant thought. The next time you take a train in NY and the rookie is too busy checking out the
information to catch the baddies mugging that old lady in the back of the car, we can all be content in knowing that he/she is just doing some homework.
Read More | Reuters
With the new 1.1.2 firmware many users reported that their iPhones ‘felt a little snappier’. This could be in part due to the fact that with the 1.1.2 firmware the processor is actually being used at a slightly higher speed. iPhones ship with a 624mz processor, but originally Apple capped them at 400mz for typical use to help enhance the battery life. With 1.1.2 that’s been bumped up to 412.
While this may not be major news right now, it does hint that Apple may have more features planned which require the additional horsepower. Another side of the coin may be that as Apple continues to refine the iPhone code base and make various functions more efficient they can ramp up the processor without adversely affecting battery life. Whatever the cause we can hopefully look forward to seeing our iPhones get faster and faster with each coming software update.
Read More | iPhone Atlas
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