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More features in store for iPhone firmware

updated 09:20 am EST, Mon November 12, 2007

iPhone features to expand

There are many more iPhone software upgrades yet to be implemented, Apple is telling the press. While the recent v1.1.2 firmware release implemented support for multiple keyboards and languages, including two with Asian characters, a company spokesman says this represents just a small portion of what is coming. "All the complaints and feature requests we've had can be fixed and added by software upgrades," the spokesman claims. The reason owners haven't seen more features, it is suggested, is quality. "We didn't want to include something for something's sake. For the average mobile phone most people only use around 10% [of features], Apple didn't want that to happen with the iPhone."

The company has so far been unclear as to what upcoming features will include, but these may likely involve enabling features that the hardware is already capable of, such as recording video, or streaming data and music via Bluetooth 2.0. The major complaint that cannot be addressed with firmware updates is cellular speed, since 3G technology on GSM networks requires either UMTS/HSDPA or WiMAX. The iPhone operates on 2G EDGE.

An anonymous industry source hints that Apple is deliberately withholding updates to continually offer something new. "They aren't stupid. They won't want to give you everything at once," says the source. "You wait, there will be an exciting partnership with YouTube that adds video functionality and then lets you upload to the site in no time."




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  1. mjs975s

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    802.1X

    At least enable 802.1X wifi authentication if that's being withheld. That should have been standard out of the box.

  1. scotty321

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    um... what?

    802.1x wifi authentication HAS been a standard part of the iPhone since day one.

  1. NapMan

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    1.1.2

    Can you really say that Apple released 1.1.2 when it still hasn't shown up on iTunes? Maybe this update wasn't really intended for American iPhones.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Anticipation...

    can be a form of pleasure. In time, all will be revealed. Rome wasn't built in a day.

    Better late than never.

  1. chotty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Agreed

    There is still NO 1.1.2 for U.S. iPhones officially from Apple. Why are these sites (like MaCNN) not correcting this?

  1. David Esrati

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Searching contacts!

    Damn it- a "Smart phone" that doesn't allow you to search your contacts- ain't a smart phone. This HAS TO BE RELEASED soon- or I'm going to go bonkers. Also- agree- it's not released until iTunes says it is- which so far- isn't happening.

  1. bravedeer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Not to mention...

    EDGE is 2.5G, not 2G.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    simple-stuff...

    MMS?

  1. mjs975s

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    @scotty321

    Obviously you're not familiar with 802.1X wifi authentication - you're getting it confused 802.11a/b/g which is different. 802.1X authentication allows for unique usernames AND passwords to authenticate wifi access rather than a shared WEP/WAP/WPA2 key. Most educational institutions and businesses use this to secure their wifi. At the time of authentication, a unique key is generated on the fly for each user.

  1. mjs975s

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    @chotty

    it is available if you choose restore and not the weird manual way of doing it. The normal way where you click restore and it goes out to Apple's server and downloads it and installs it normally.

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