As was widely predicted, iPhone firmware 1.1.3 was released today after the 2008 Macworld Expo and is now available for update via iTunes or via direct download. Most of the predictions about what new features would be coming with with 1.1.3 were dead on, mostly due to the fact that a version of the iPhone 1.1.3 firmware was leaked ahead of release.
The new firmware includes the following changes, add-ons, and fixes:
- improved Maps functionality - including WiFi positioning cellular tower triangulation positioning (poor man's GPS - similar to the Navizon software/service), the new "drop pin" feature, and hybrid map/satellite views
- Webclips - allows you to create icons on your home screen which link directly to webpages or even portions of webpages
- home screen customization - move around icons on the homescreen and create up to 9 custom home screens
- bulk SMS/text messages to multiple recipients - part of the functionality provided by iSMS
- support for the newly announced iTunes movie rentals
- chapter navigation for movies
- purchase songs from iTunes store with gift cards
- improved IMAP support for Gmail
And certainly there's much more in the way of bugfixes and other feature additions that will become evident over the next few days/weeks. A complete list will be coming soon.As always, remember that if you want to retain access to your third party applications, DO NOT install the 1.1.3 firmware update until the "development" community has had a chance to get their hands on the 1.1.3 update and jailbreak the phone for the installation of third party applications. With the SDK due out in February, this cycle is likely to change, but for now the status quo remains in effect.