As usual, our friends across the pond (that little puddle we call the Atlantic Ocean) got their hands on mobile tech before us. This time (November 9 on O2, officially), the UK will get to play with the newest iPhone v1.1.2 firmware. Aside from some additional multi-language support and access to “The Cloud WiFi” hotspots, the only real update in the v1.1.2 firmware appears to be a plugged security hole. Specifically, the TIFF security hole that allowed iPhone hackers to jailbreak the iPhone will be officially patched with the iPhone v1.1.2 firmware – which should render all current jailbreak methods invalid. We’re sure the iPhone development community will be hard at work to jailbreak the v1.1.2 firmware, just like they did with the current v1.1.1 firmware.
Of course, if you’re concerned that your iPhone v1.1.1 is a little too lax in the security department, you can just jailbreak your iPhone with the online-based one-click jailbreak solution we brought you earlier. The jailbreakme.com solution will actually open up your iPhone v1.1.1 to third-party applications while patching that ominous TIFF security hole.
So, are we jealous that the UK gets yet another first-hand crack a some mobile tech? Sure we are. Are we jealous that they get to play with the iPhone v1.1.2? Hardly. Are we going to update to the new v1.1.2 firmware once Apple makes it available (most likely at the same time as the UK iPhone launch – November 9) to the US? Most definitely not. We’ll just stick with our home-brewed TIFF security patch from jailbreakme.com. Like we said before, Apple had better entice us with some truly drool-worthy features (iChat, MMS, video capture, etc) with their successive iPhone updates if they think we’re going to give up our third-party apps.