New iPhone Features in Firmware 1.1.1

Apple is teasing early adopters with hints of an update to version 1.1.1 of the iPhone firmware bearing new features. This sneak preview shows up in the screenshots that Apple provides to help people who bought their phones before last weeks price cut find their phone’s serial number so they can claim their $100 rebate.

The new features include a setting for the Home Button. This likely brings a UI feature from the iPod Touch to the iPhone. On the iPod Touch, the user can double click the home button to call up the music controls even when the device. I hope the iPhone implementation will let me get to the phone function faster on my iPhone.

The second feature hinted at is a menu for International settings. Some people suspect this will allow users to choose to enable or disable voice and data roaming when traveling abroad to avoid large phone bills like those that have recently received a lot of press coverage.

It also shows a major version update to the modem firmware, which could create big problems for people with unlocked iPhones, since they depend on a hacked modem firmware. The current version is 03.14.08_G. The new version appears to be 04.02.04_G.

Also interesting, the model is given as MA712LL. Current 8GB iPhones are just MA712.

iPhone Firmware v1.1.1 Screenshots

Interestingly, the screenshot of the home screen doesn’t show the iTunes music store icon, which could mean this is an interim release, with another to follow soon. More likely though, the screenshot of the home screen is an older version.

Thanks to the observant “Jaysun” on Howard Forums for seeing what was right in front of so many of us today.

Newsflash: There is now a GUI application for unlocking the iPhone. It remains to be seen whether the next software update will break these unlocks.


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