For those of you anxiously awaiting the chance to lovingly cradle your Verizon iPhone 4, the reality of that moment just became a bit more real.

In preparation for the Verizon iPhone’s upcoming pre-orders on February 3rd, and the nationwide release on February 10th, Apple has released iOS 4.2.6 to the public.

When the Verizon iPhone was unveiled and the press was given hands on time with the device, it was running iOS 4.2.5. This indicates that Apple was able to incorporate some minor changes to the final code since then…

The most notable change to the firmware when compared to iOS 4.2.1 is the new personal hotspot feature. This allows users on participating networks to turn their iPhone into a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 5 users.

AT&T doesn’t currently support the personal hotspot feature, and there is no word that indicates they ever will. Verizon will charge $20 for this feature with a 2GB data allocation.

Any additional revelations regarding iOS 4.2.6 will surely come out in the near future. In the meantime you can download it here.

Again this is for the CDMA iPhone only. Apparently there’s already some floating around out there.

Got your VZW swag yet?

  • so gsm iphone doesnt get an update? thats not fair!

    • 4.3 will be here before you know it, with these and other features in tow.

  • Ghani Rajput

    MuscleNerd said that DevTeam will release the official unlock after 4.2.6 release. Its out now.. Should we expect an official unlock from them? i am stuck on BB 2.10.04 since 2 months now.. any update on the unlock?

    • Bradibiza

      Musclenerd says he would release once 4.2.5 and 4.3 final was released.

  • PRO_TOO

    So the verizon phones will always be ahead in terms of fw?!

    • No, when 4.3 comes out it should be for all devices.

      • PRO_TOO

        Thx Jeff! I’m still on 4.2.1 and waiting for my first attempt to jb my baby (I’m new to the iPhone as well)! I’m following this blog since I got my phone… Good work, keep it up!!

  • Drew

    @Jeff, are you still on 4.1 or are you on 4.2.1, I ask because you have an iphone 4 and are jailbroken, I just want to know if your on the tethered jb

    • Bradibiza

      I reckon jeff is on 4.0.1 like any wiseman would be 

  • Ghani Rajput

    does anybody have any rough idea when iOS 4.3 is releasing?