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Apple's iPhone update brings much needed updates

Gizmodo (opens in new tab) and a host of other websites have had a sneak preview at the latest iPhone firmware upgrade. Amongst the new welcomed updates are the ability to send SMS to multiple recipients and an updated version of Google's Maps application.

Pocketlint (opens in new tab) also found out that the iPhone refresh will also allow owners to move the icons across the home screen as well as being able to add web shortcuts on the desktop, a move that brings the iPhone closer to a desktop computer.

Another feature, which is US only for the time being, uses a triangulation method based on Mobile phone masts to come up with a pseudo GPS feature that gives the user his approximate position.

The firmware, which should come out by next week, will also lock previously unlocked handsets and will restart the round to get another crack as fast as possible.

Meanwhile, Matthew Key (opens in new tab), the CEO of O2 Europe has announced that 200,0000 iPhone should be sold in UK by early January and that a 3G version of the iPhone will be launched this year.

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.