Apple releases iPhone update 1.1.2

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While the update was available on Friday for adventurous users that wanted to manually install it, Apple on Monday officially released iPhone 1.1.2.

The update is available through iTunes and will show up when the iPhone is connected. Unfortunately, there are no details of what changed with the new version — Apple only says the update includes “new features and bug fixes.”

However, there are a few noticeable changes, mostly for international users. With the new version you can change the language to French, German or Italian and change the keyboard layout to English (UK), French, German and Italian.

Other smaller changes are also included with iPhone Update 1.1.2. The phone’s battery charge now shows up in iTunes, next to your phone icon. Apple changed the sorting of ringtones, too — tones from Apple or applications like iToner now show up in a section labeled “Custom,” while ringtones that came with the phone are listed under “Standard.”

The widely reported TIFF exploit has also been fixed with this update. That bug patch is a bit of a mixed blessing for iPhone enthusiasts. While it fixes a critical security vulnerability with the way that the phone renders TIFF images, that flaw had been used by iPhone developers in the unauthorized Jailbreak software that is used to run third-party applications. The update makes it difficult for users of brand-new iPhones to install Jailbreak.

Apple has been in a tug of war with some developers who have had to circumvent Apple’s security measures in order to get their software to run on the iPhone. Apple initially wanted to prevent all third-party code from running directly on its mobile device, but in recent months the company has promised to give developers a way to run their code on the iPhone. This software development kit will become available in February 2008.

The iPhones’s unauthorized software developers have already found a way to stay ahead of Apple's latest software update.

Users with Jailbreak on their iPhone 1.1.1 systems are being advised to first install an application called OktoPrep, according to a post on the Unofficial Apple Weblog. This allows them to update to 1.1.2 without compromising their ability to run unauthorized software on the device.

Updated at 8:20 p.m. ET to add more information from IDG News Service on the TIFF exploit.

This story, "Apple releases iPhone update 1.1.2" was originally published by PCWorld.

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