updated 09:20 am EST, Mon November 5, 2007
UK iPhone to have 1.1.2
When the iPhone launches in the United Kingdom on November 9th, it will be preloaded with a new version of the firmware, a British publication is reporting. T3 says it has already reviewed the first non-American version of the iPhone, and discovered that its firmware iteration is in fact 1.1.2, as opposed to the current 1.1.1 on US devices. The primary change is increased language support: "dozens" of languages have been added, such as French and German, the latter important because the phone will launch in Germany on the same day.
To support the unique accents of many European languages, new keyboard layouts allow the insertion of accented characters. The firmware also includes non-Phoenician characters, allowing users to type in languages such as Cantonese.
The other major feature, relevant only to UK owners, is access to The Cloud. The service provides Wi-Fi hotspots throughout London and outdoor locations in Manchester and Edinburgh; iPod touch users have already been able to pay £4 per month for unlimited access, but the v1.1.2 firmware is reportedly required for iPhone users.
Of concern to users who have hacked their American iPhones is that the TIFF exploit has finally been closed, sabotaging current jailbreak methods. When the firmware is distributed to the US, this will once again force coders to find alternate means of installing apps or third-party SIM cards. How much damage will be done to previously unlocked phones remains to be seen.