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iPhone 2.0 firmware adds Chinese handwriting

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Mon May 5, 2008

iPhone 2.0 CN, JPN support

The latest developer version of the iPhone 2.0 firmware adds dramatically different non-Phoenician language support, accounts say. Most notable in v5A258f may be new support for simplified Chinese, and in particular handwriting support, a feature that may prove crucial if and when the iPhone is adopted in China. Chinese is a more complex language than English, making it difficult to type out quickly; as a result, companies such as Motorola have developed phones whose primary focus is on easing Chinese writing.

Also present is Japanese, though it is not clear if handwriting support is available. Apple is said to be heavy negotiations with local carrier NTT DoCoMo for the iPhone, but has not confirmed any plans. The Chinese situation remains cold meanwhile, as no negotiations are known to be ongoing, and carriers may even be resistant to Apple as the company has traditionally insisted on revenue sharing -- something contradictory to local practices.











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  1. Haroscarfel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    that's nice I guess

    just give me dvorak

  1. bitblt

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    non-Phoenician?

    Interesting that the iPhone supports a dead language: Wikipedia states: "Phoenician is known only from inscriptions..."

    Or might it be that MacNN means something other than the Latin alphabet that most of us use!

  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Simplified Chinese

    Does this firmware update also apply to the iPod Touch? I am in China and want a PDA replacement--don't care much for having a phone and I don't want to wait for China Telecom or China Unicom (or as MacNN continously likes to typo China Unicorn--watch for it) to get their finger out. I'd love to have this functionality.

  1. ophiochos

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    non-Phoenician

    this term is sometimes used to refer to something that approximates to non-European languages. The idea is that Greek, Latin and so on alphabets derived from Phoenician. Thus it is a way to refer to any script outside that sphere (for instance, Chinese).

  1. henjin

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    This is great news.

    The ability to tap in Kana and Kanji natively really sets Apple apart from all other hardware. To be able to read Japanese and Chinese script is a bonus and it's free. Nokia will not support this and RIM really is poor in its support. I have a lot of clients and friends and they write in Japanese. This version looks great. I'm going to count the days. Well done Apple!

  1. henjin

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    This is great news.

    The ability to tap in Kana and Kanji natively really sets Apple apart from all other hardware. To be able to read Japanese and Chinese script is a bonus and it's free. Nokia will not support this and RIM really is poor in its support. I have a lot of clients and friends and they write in Japanese. This version looks great. I'm going to count the days. Well done Apple!

  1. coldfusion1970

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Softly softly

    Sneaky of Apple to get the Newton on shelves and in peoples hands by shipping it piecemeal.

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