Apple has released its promised update for the iPhone, introduced a new version (7.6) of iTunes, Front Row 2.1.2, iMovie 7.1.1 and made available QuickTime 7.4.
iTunes 7.6 introduced film rentals to Apple's US customers. It allows users to rent and download films for use on the computer, iPod, iPhone or an Apple TV. Films are made available in up to HD quality with 5:1 Dolby surround sound. The update also twins with the soon-to-ship Apple TV software update, which will let that device be used as an independent client for browsing and purchasing iTunes films, music and podcasts.
As described elsewhere, the newly available iPhone update adds the following new features:
- Maps with location
- customized home screens
- SMS multiple people at once
- videos now support chapters
- music now supports lyrics
The Front Row 2.1.1 update offers bug fixes and improved compatibility with iTunes, while the updated vcersion of iMovie addresses issues when publishing movies to a .Mac Web Gallery, improves overall stability, and addresses a number of other minor issues.
Finally, the QuickTime update implements a selection of security updates, chiefly focused on protecting users from malware hidden within maliciously crafted film files, which can be used to cause application crashes, arbitrary code executions and other unwanted effects.