Apple, as expected released the iPhone 1.1.1 software update today.   Initial reactions are that it breaks the anySIM hack and Installer.app so this is a one way street.  We know it is tempting to hit the red button and download and install but hold on just one second while we let you take a gander at the pluses and minuses.

Listed on the 1.1.1 updates page is the following: 

  • iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store;
  • Louder speakerphone and receiver volume 
  • Home Button double-click shortcut to phone favorites of music controls 
  • Space bar double-tap shortcut to intelligently insert period and space 
  • Mail attachments are viewable in portrait and landscape 
  • Stocks and cities in Stocks and Weather can be re-ordered 
  • Apple Bluetooth Headset battery status in the Status Bar 
  • Support for TV Out 
  • Preference to turn off EDGE/GPRS when roaming internationally 
  • New Passcode lock time intervals 
  • Adjustable alert volume

Not bad for a incremental update but nothing earth shattering.  We think Apple could have called this 1.0.3 but when you juxtapose (triple word score) these features with what you get in the 1.0.2 HACK version you may want to pause..at least until everything becomes clearer..

Read on for the full comparison between the two OS’s.

iPhone Features per software version

Apple+hackers 1.0.2HAX Apple 1.1.1
Phone Carriers? Any GSM Providor in the World including AT&T and TMobile in the US AT&T ONLY
Roaming? Just stick in a SIM card from the country you go to to get local rates. Insane roaming rates BUT you can turn off EDGE
Instant Messaging Apollo AOL IM and MSN(Yahoo), Jabber(GoogleTalk) Coming No
Games Any NES or Mame (1000’s) plus 100s of other native apps like iPhoneDoom. Online web games like Scrabble Online web games like Scrabble
RSS yes native app or Google Reader Google reader
Terminal app? Yes No
Remote Desktop? Yes (VNSea) No
GPS? Soft GPS by Navizon – not quite as accurate as real GPS but faster No
Voice Recorder? Yes No
Offline Dictionaries and references Dozens No
IRC client Yes No
eBook Reader? Yes No
send songs and full res picts via email? Yes No
Ability to delete menu items Yes No
Ability to browse iPhone’s File system Yes No
Full iTunes integration for Music, TV Shows Movies Audiobooks Yes Yes
Ringtones? Free $.99/ea after you buy the song
Mobile Music store? Amazon DRM Free coming iTunes

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