Feeds

Apple posts iPhone update, bricks unlocked handsets

Minor update?

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Apple has posted the anticipated iPhone 1.1.1 update. The release, which adds support for the Wi-Fi connect iTunes Music Store, does indeed, as expected, returns unlocked handsets back to their AT&T-only status.

And then some: even re-inserted AT&T SIMs appear not to be accepted by an updated iPhone, preventing users accessing even the device's iPod features.

Not that this should surprise anyone. Apple said as much earlier this week, and even if it hadn't, so involved is the unlocking process, any firmware update was almost certainly going to re-lock the phone.

The new software not only adds the iTunes Music Store application, but incorporates a number of relatively minor tweaks. The big gain with iPhone 1.1.1 is support for output to TVs through the iPhone's dock, but Apple has also added the ability to disable Edge connectivity when you're roaming - handy if you want to avoid big phone bills.

Other tweaks include adjustments to the speaker volume; double-clicking the Home button can be see to take you to the Phone app's Favorites panel, or to the music controls; double-clicking the Space bar inserts a full stop and a space; Mail attachments can now be viewed in portrait and landscape modes; Stocks and Weather cities can be reordered; the Status Bar now gives a read-out of the battery charge on Apple's Bluetooth Headset; you can set Passcode lock time intervals; and the volume of alerts can now be adjusted.

Not a compelling upgrade, and owners of unlocked iPhones shouldn't feel particularly left out if they - sensibly - choose not to apply the update.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch
For decades Hollywood actually binned its 4K files. Doh!
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster
4 Minute Mile project hatched to speed up tired troops
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.