For months following the release of Apple's revolutionary
iPhone, the news came fast
In recent times, however, news on the iPhone has been pretty spotty at best
(likely to the jubilation of many).
Steve Jobs put an end to the lull in iPhone news today with
the introduction of the new 1.1.3 software update. The new update, which is
available for free for all iPhone users, adds an upgraded Maps application
(which can now triangulate your position using Wi-Fi or cell towers), the
ability to text message multiple people at once, Web Clips support, the ability
to customize the home screen, and lyrics support within iTunes.
"iPhone doesn’t stand still -- we’re making it better
and better all the time," said Jobs, Apple’s fearless leader. "We’ve
delighted millions of users with this revolutionary and magical product and
it’s great to share these improvements with them."
iPod touch owners will be glad to know that the 1.1.3 software update
is also available for them as well. Another big plus is the addition of Mail, Maps, Stocks, Weather and Notes applications from the iPhone.
Users may not be glad, however, when they learn that Apple is charging $19.95 in
order to download the application update (separate from the 1.1.3 firmware update). Some contend
that these five features should have never been stripped from the iPod touch in
the first place, but Apple is now adding in the functionality -- albeit at a
All currently shipping iPod touch music players will have the five new apps already installed with no bump in price.
"These amazing new mobile applications make iPod touch
not only the best iPod, but the best Wi-Fi mobile device in the world,"
continued Jobs. "With its revolutionary touch interface and software, plus
its stunning 3.5 inch screen, iPod touch is evolving into the first mainstream
Wi-Fi mobile platform of the 21st century."
The 1.1.3 update for the iPhone and iPod touch can be
downloaded from within iTunes. iPod touch users wishing to receive the new apps, however, will have to get through a payment screen first
before proceeding with the software update.