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iPhone gets updated before UK release

Word is out that the Apple iPhones (opens in new tab) to be launched this Friday will all carry the newest firmware version, 1.1.2.

This fresh piece of code adds several welcomed capabilities to the iPhone like support for non-English languages (like Chinese, French or German).

It also allows access to The Cloud Wi-Fi hotspots all over UK. iPod Touch users can already roam freely using the service.

And for those who had unlocked their iPhones, well, 1.1.2 bodes badly for you chaps. This firmware will relock all unlocked iPhones and closes the Tiff exploitation loophole.,... at least until the next hack is out.

For only £3.99 per month (opens in new tab), iPhone users will get full internet access over The Cloud’s network and will be able to move seamlessly between The Cloud hotspots.

In other news, Apple expects to sell around 50,000 iPhones in one day and O2 says it is confident that more than 200,000 iPhones (opens in new tab) will be sold, which means that O2 can be expected to rake nearly GBP 180m from iPhone sales and contracts.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.