updated 09:50 am EST, Mon December 31, 2007
iPhone 1.1.3 firmware demo
One site claims to have acquired a pre-release version of Apple's v1.1.3 firmware for the iPhone, revealing several features. In contrast to reports from earlier this month, the new account does not make any mention of disk modes or voice recording, but rather concentrates on improvements to Google Maps and the home screen. In the latter case users can drag and drop icons by holding their finger on one for a few seconds, which "shakes free" all icons to be moved around as desired. Users can then shuffle around items in not just the primary screen, but also in the dock, or to and from the newly-accessible secondary pages. Tapping the Home button locks icons back in place.
Possibly reflecting Apple's desire to legitimize web-based applications, users of Safari can now add bookmarks to the home screen, which are simultaneously the only icons that can be deleted in the aforementioned drag-and-drop mode.
Google Maps has been expanded in several ways, most crucially with support for location-finding, which relies on triangulation of cellular towers to approximate an iPhone's position. Users can also view maps in the Hybrid satellite overlay mode, and add draggable marker pins at random locations.
Lastly, SMS users can send messages to multiple recipients at once, simply by tapping the Add button to include extra contacts. This causes some extra delay however, as a phone uploads the message once to each contact.