Review of the latest iPhone Update (1.1.3)
January 25, 2008

A few days ago, Apple sent down version 1.1.3 of the IPhone software. This update is a huge leap in much-needed functionality.

Home Page
The home page interface now makes sense! It always looked as if it were customizable, and practically begged you to add items to it, but it wasn't possible. Now it is.

Adding a new application is as simple as browsing to the application on iPhone Safari, clicking the "+" symbol and selecting "add to home page." The various web-based iphone applications available all over the internet are now as easy to access from the iphone home page as the native apps.

And all the icons on the home page can be moved around, reorganized, and shifted to other pages (up to 7 of them.) Even the dock icons (Phone, Mail, Safari, iPod) can be moved.

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Posted by ellen at January 25, 2008 09:48 AM

Google Maps
The new pseudo-GPS feature of Google maps has proved quite useful already, when our GPS froze (literally - it was 10°F!) in the car. It works well, except when the cellphone towers are blocked by hills or other obstructions.

Gmail can now be accessed using an imap mail client on the iphone. There are no more issues with old junk mail appearing to be "unread" even if it has already been junked and disposed of on other mail clients .

Apparently you can now watch rented movies from the iStore on the iPhone, although I haven't tried that yet.

A new feature I am unlikely to use: When in a Starbuck's, you can purchase any musical selection that is playing, while it is playing. However, since you have to pay a monthly fee just to sign on to their T-mobile wifi, and you won't be able to get to the iTunes store unless you ARE signed on, I won't be participating in that particular "improvement."

The ability to text multiple recipients is nice, although you still can't view multimedia text messages.

Still waiting...
Still no mail search feature, and no ability to shoot videos, record voice, view Flash or store files.

However, for my purposes, the ability to add applications to the home page is tantamount to getting an entirely new device with more features.

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