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.