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iPhone update coming next week?

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Friday, July 27, 2007
News Categories: iPhone

Security researchers are set to reveal details of a previously-reported security flaw in the iPhone next week at the Black Hat 2007 conference, leading to speculation that Apple may update the device to patch the vulnerability in advance of the event. Apple hasn’t said whether a patch will be delivered prior to when the researchers are expected to disclose their findings. Robert Graham, CEO of Errata Security, said, “Right now other smart phones are full of vulnerabilities and they are not getting patched. This is actually a good test to see if Apple can do this better than the mobile carriers.” If and when a patch is released, it will be the first software update for the iPhone, which went on sale nearly a month ago.

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1

What I find interesting regarding this possible software update for the iPhone is - how is it going to happen and will we have the option to refuse it? That is, will the iPhone update itself, like a lot of phones do (you just turn the phone off and then back on and the update happens behind the scenes) or will there be a notice pop up in your Software Update Preference Pane and you can choose to do the update or not?)

Posted by Shawn King on July 27, 2007 at 7:57 AM (PDT)

2

What ticks me off, is that they are more concerned w/ making sure that people can’t hack it to add things they want to it, than they are with adding the features that people want and fixing other bugs (MMS messaging, bluetooth voice-dialing, applications, safari bugs, etc).

Posted by Don B on July 27, 2007 at 8:20 AM (PDT)

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Just read what the “security flaw” was. Although, I’m not convinced that this is what the patch would actualy be for. They still need to add the funtions to this phone that nearly ALL other phones are able to do.

Posted by Don B on July 27, 2007 at 8:25 AM (PDT)

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I hope they release a patch…SOON. My iPhone has, in the last two days, started acting VERY weird. We’re talking brown-outs of the screen, quitting applications when using others (i.e. iPod dies when surfing multiple pages on Safari) and my FAVORITE bug I’ve seen so far…the iCal widget’s name was scrambling itself. Yes, it was all mixed up and jumbling in real time. Very bizarre!

Posted by Matt Dunn on July 27, 2007 at 10:39 AM (PDT)

5

Shawn: I’m sure that the update will be pushed through iTunes, just like iPod updates (now) are.

Posted by SkylarP on July 29, 2007 at 12:50 PM (PDT)

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For those getting wacky iPhones.  You can reboot the phone by holding down the menu and standby button for about 5 seconds then approve shutting down.  Then turn it back on.

After it wakes itself up, I’m surprised with how snappy it is.

I’m guessing the reboot flushes out the caches and whatever temp files that may be bogging down the system

Posted by Michael Shu on July 30, 2007 at 12:36 PM (PDT)

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