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iPhone, iPod touch 1.1.3 updates [U]

updated 01:20 pm EST, Tue January 15, 2008

iPhone iPod 113 Update

Apple at Macworld today introduced the expected version 1.1.3 of its iPhone software, upgrading the handset with several heavily requested features. The device now includes a fully customizable home screen that lets users rearrange the order of icons; users can simply press and hold an icon to move it to a different location. For the first time, users can also add icons to the home screen through a Webclips feature that adds shortcuts to particular Safari websites. Users can now also send SMS text messages to multiple users at once.

Google Maps has also been significantly revamped, Apple says. The software can now triangulate its own position using cell towers, providing a rough approximation of the user's location; users can now also view maps in hybrid view and add marker pins of their own without depending on preset locations.

The iPod touch also receives its largest update yet, according to the company. The previously limited media player now receives all the iPhone's non-telephone programs, including Google Maps, Mail, Stocks, and Weather; all the features of the iPhone 1.1.3 upgrade carry over, Apple says. The iPod uses Wi-Fi to estimate its location when near available networks.

The iPhone's update should be free; new iPod touches will also receive the new apps for free, but existing owners will need to pay $20 to upgrade to the new software. Upgrading to 1.1.3 for bug fixes on the iPod remains free.



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  1. timbck2

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    iPod Touch update $20

    Not free. I assume that new Touches will ship with the new software eventually though.

  1. coldfusion1970

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    Joined: Nov 2004

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    me want update

    So how do i update mine? I check the ITMS and its not on there :-(

  1. Flying Meat

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    Joined: Jan 2007

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    Finally!

    The missing App!

    Me want iPod touch. NOW! :)

  1. Yanimac

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    Joined: Apr 2007

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    Update on iTunes

    To answer Coldfusion, go to: http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/whatsnew.html and click on the buy now button on the left side. It will direct you to itunes for purchase.

    It is too bad this update isn't free, but oh well, I wanted these iphone features so I am now a happy camper :-)

  1. Visnaut

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    Joined: Nov 2000

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    Not free = not cool

    If I had bought an iPod touch for myself or someone else for Christmas I'd be pissed. Just half a month later a minor software update is released, and they charge $20?

    I know the accounting of the iPhone is different, with its accounting stretched over two years. But it's not like Apple is having to do extra development for the apps to work on the touch. They don't even have to recompile!

    What's next? $20 for 10.5.5?

  1. kes601

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    Did Not Download

    I paid for the update, but it did not download. Grr....

  1. jhawk95

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    On My Phone :-)

    I already downloaded it and installed it. It is wonderful.

    It IS FREE for iPhone users. Steve DID NOT say it was FREE for new iPod Touches yet. So is there a price increase at the Apple Store for the iPod Touch, or do they have to pay the $20 to upgrade too, or will all new iPod Touches sold today get it for FREE?

    Anyway, it is available now!

  1. Tanker10a

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    Shame On Steve

    I just want to know one thing... Can this iPhone synch and a ToDo List that works with Apple Mail? No I don't think so... Steve bragged about the amount of market share that the iPhone captured from the other smartphones since being released. It's a damm shame that these other phones can do simple things like synchronizing Notes, ToDo List, Linking Address Book Contacts to Events, Cut Copy and Paste and Drag & Drop unlike the iPhone. On top of that, he is pushing Web Apps charging $20. MW08? Big let-down! That's all I have to say about that.

  1. wfolta

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    Just got the download

    Seems to work great. In a major city in the DC suburbs, I tried locating myself several times. I had max AT&T signal.

    About half the time, it indicated an area about 4-6 blocks across, and half the time it indicated an area about 20 blocks across, and it was accurate. Took about 6 seconds to locate each time.

    Not nearly good enough for turn-by-turn directions, but good enough for "nearby metro/restaurant/friend/etc", and for giving you a reasonable starting point on the map when you want to find something nearby.

    The Routing option now has "Current Location" as an option for the start of routing. Traffic status no longer has a button and appears to be automatic.

  1. testudo

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    what?

    There goes Apple again. Remember how people talk about the great new iPhone, and how the software is upgradeable and new features can be added. Apparently such isn't the case for touch users. So, AppleTV and iPhone users can get free upgrades, but add some new features to an iPod, and all of a sudden its time to charge people (maybe it's because the ipod is popular, while the others are just starting out and they don't want to alienate too many potential customers).

    BTW, for those wanting TimeMachine/AirDisk capabilities in Leopard, expect to pay for that too. Apparently Apple can't add any new feature without now having to charge it's customers for it.

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