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The Complete Guide to iPhone OS 3.0 for iPhone and iPod touch

In March 2009, Apple officially announced iPhone OS 3.0, the upcoming operating system update to the 2.2.1 software currently running on iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPod touch, and second-generation iPod touch hardware. A beta version of iPhone OS 3.0 was released soon thereafter, showing off many of the disclosed “consumer” features of the new software, as well as a number that had not yet been mentioned by the company. In late March, 2009, a second beta version was released, and additional features were uncovered, including some that turned to be available only to users of the iPhone 3G S, the “third-generation” iPhone that Apple officially announced on June 8, 2009, and will release on June 19, 2009.

This article looks at the new consumer-side features in the iPhone and the iPod touch versions of iPhone OS 3.0, additionally spotlighting their differences and interactions with iTunes 8.1. The iPhone OS 3.0 will be released on June 17, 2009 for iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPod touch users.


iPhone owners will receive the update for free, though iPhone 3G owners will benefit from certain features not found in the standard iPhone version. iPod touch and iPod touch 2G users will have to pay $10 for the new software, and again, original iPod touch users will be lacking for certain features found in the iPod touch 2G version of iPhone OS 3.0. We’ll discuss the known limitations, below.

The Home Screen

While many users expected that Apple would introduce a radical new approach to organizing or grouping applications, the company did not do so in the initial beta release of iPhone OS 3.0. Instead, the Home Screen received only minor changes: the Text app was renamed to “Messages” and given a new icon, the Stocks icon was updated, with sharper peaks and no calendar months at the bottom of the icon, and a tiny magnifying glass icon was added to the left of the white and gray page number indicator dots above the dock. The iPod and Phone icons also received diagonal line tweaks to make them look more like the new Messages icon.


The most significant of these changes is the smallest: the magnifying glass. Now, when you click on the Home button twice from any other application, you’re brought to the first page of icons; clicking one more time from the Home screen, or flicking this screen to scroll to the left, brings you to Spotlight, a new application that has its own page.

Spotlight and Search

Having added a Search feature to Contacts in the prior version of the iPhone OS, Apple has now added active Search bars to Mail, iPod/Music, and other applications, as well as the ability to passively search the entire device using Spotlight.


Spotlight lives off to the left of the main Home screen, and lets you type in letters, words, or numbers to search your entire device for matching applications, text, contacts, calendar events, or media files.


Interestingly, Searches can in some cases—as with Mail—go beyond the scope of the iPhone or iPod touch’s own contents and actually expand outwards to content found an an external server. Here, Mail enables searches of an entire Google Gmail archive.


Search results for Spotlight can be customized to let you display Contacts, Applications, Music, Podcasts, Video, Audiobooks, Notes, Mail, and/or Calendar events; you can switch the order of displayed results and turn individual types of results on or off.

Widescreen Mode for Key Applications

Another major change is the long-requested addition of widescreen modes and keyboards to a number of the key iPhone OS applications, including Mail and Notes. This change enables users to take advantage of a superior, larger keyboard when typing messages to others or themselves.


Widescreen isn’t just limited to Mail and Notes, though. It also appears in Contacts, as well as enabling a new, higher-detail display of stock performance in the Stocks application.


While not every app has been given a widescreen option, this appears to be Apple’s new way—following the example set by Calculator last year—of expanding the functionality of existing applications using the accelerometer as an easy to way to access a second screen.

Cut, Copy, Paste, Select, and Select All

Another long-awaited feature—text “Cut and Paste”—has been added to the iPhone OS in the form of a unique and simple “double tap” interface. Double-tapping on text within most of the key apps now results in the appearance of a light highlighter box and bars that can be touched and dragged to the left and right of existing text. Grabbing a bar brings up a magnifying glass to show you more precisely where the bar currently ends.


When you’re done selecting the text, a black pop-up word bubble appears with three context-sensitive buttons inside. That bubble will contain Cut, Copy, and Paste options if nothing has previously been cut or copied into the iPhone’s clipboard.


When something is in the clipboard, it offers Select, Select All, and Paste features, enabling you to erase part or all of the current text on screen in the process of pasting new text from the clipboard.


Text, including HTML from web pages, can be selected in one application and pasted into another. Photos, including multiple photos, can separately be selected in one application and pasted into another.

Voice Memos

As the only new icon-based application added to iPhone OS 3.0, Voice Memos presently does not appear on the iPhone’s Home screen by default. It will not work on the first-generation iPod touch, but it does work on the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, and second-generation iPod touch.


With an old-fashioned microphone taking up almost all of the screen, a similarly old recording level indicator, and buttons at the bottom for recording and menu options, Voice Memos serves several purposes: first, it lets you record audio from either the integrated iPhone mic or a mic attached to the iPhone or iPod touch. Second, it lets you easily trim the recording by dragging sliders to mark the beginning and end of the portion of the sample you want to preserve, and third, it lets you send the voice memo to yourself or others through e-mail.


Also interesting is the fact that Voice Memos is capable of running in the background, unlike any previously released third-party recording application for the iPod touch or iPhone. Like the Nike+ application for iPod touch, it displays a red recording bar at the top of the screen while it’s running, which can be touched to instantly bring you back to the application. It does not work during phone calls.

Enhanced iPhone 3G Bluetooth, and Unlocked iPod touch 2G Bluetooth

After a teardown by iFixit, everyone knew that the iPod touch 2G had a Bluetooth chip inside, but it was barely being used: Apple had repurposed it as a way to communicate with the Nike+ Sensor for exercise purposes. Meanwhile, the iPhone and iPhone 3G both contained Bluetooth chips, which Apple used only for a single purpose: enabling monaural wireless earpieces and car kits to transmit voices back and forth with the Phone application.


In iPhone OS 3.0, Apple both acknowledges and unlocks the iPod touch 2G’s Bluetooth potential, while expanding the Bluetooth capabilities of the iPhone 3G. Now, both devices will be capable of streaming stereo Bluetooth audio, as well as connecting to other Bluetooth-capable iPod touch or iPhone devices for same room (~30-foot) gaming and other multi-user applications. Data sharing, including streaming of one user’s audio to another user’s iPod or iPhone, is said to be possible. Software support for as-yet-unreleased Bluetooth-based hardware accessories is also being added. Note that the original iPod touch will not support this functionality, and the original iPhone will not support stereo Bluetooth. Additional details on the sound quality and related functionality of Bluetooth audio are not yet available; limitations of the data transmission features have also not yet been disclosed.

Phone and Contacts

Though obvious changes to the Phone application are minor, there are a couple that are worth mentioning. The application now keeps a log of your recent calls to specific contacts, offering both individual call details and a pooled call information screen as varying levels of detail.


It also adds to the bottom of Contacts the ability to share your contact information with someone else via e-mail or MMS. Bluetooth contact transfer is also expected, but not obviously accessible at this point.


Apple uses the widespread VCF format for contact file transmission.


Beyond its ability to display stock charts in widescreen mode, additional details have been added to the Stocks application.


Stock headlines relating to stocks in your portfolio, as well as more detailed current statistics for the selected stock, are now displayed at the bottom of the screen.


Multi-touch can be used to measure the change in a stock’s value from two points on a dateline, using sliding bars to set start and finish dates for the comparison; a calculation of the price and percentage difference appears on screen.

App Store

Additional tweaks to the on-iPhone App Store have also been made in iPhone OS 3.0. Individual listings now contain reviews that have been tagged by version number, rather than generically pooling all reviews across multiple versions of the application as is done now.


Additionally, multiple, scrollable screenshots have been added to the middle of app download pages.


Though the core functionality of YouTube appears to be the same as it was in both prior iterations of the iPhone OS, Apple has given the application the ability to connect to your YouTube account, complete with a username and password sign-in dialog box.


Once you’re connected to your account, you have access to video subscriptions and playlists of videos, neither previously included in the application. Your history may also carry over from your computer-based YouTube browsing, as well.

Photos and Camera

While there haven’t been any dramatic changes made to the iPhone-only Camera application, Apple has changed the bottom-left button from a generic “see the Camera Roll” icon to a tiny thumbnail of the last picture you snapped. Clicking on it brings you to the Camera Roll screen in your Photos library.


The Photos app now enables you to select multiple photos at once to be Shared (e-mailed or MMS multi-media messaged), Copied (into another app), or Deleted. This is a major improvement for users who have been forced to send multiple individual e-mails to share photos. Note that the original iPhone will not support sharing of photos or other MMS features, but the iPhone 3G will.


Apple’s collection of Settings screens continues to increase and change a little with every iteration of the iPhone OS, and this version continues that trend.


New optional features are buried within these menus, including the iPod Shake to Shuffle feature, which first appeared in the fourth-generation iPod nano: when you’re listening to music, shaking the iPod changes the current song and randomizes playback.


On the iPhone 3G, there is now an option to enable MMS messaging—a multimedia messaging feature that other phones have had, but the iPhone and iPhone 3G have not. While this feature is unavailable on the original iPhone, and the costs have not yet been disclosed for using it—the instantaneous, device-agnostic equivalent of text messaging, but for photos, audio, contacts, and other data files—you can activate it for the iPhone 3G under Settings. Otherwise, the Messages application will be limited only to text messaging.


Apple’s MobileMe service is apparently gaining the ability to “Find My iPod touch” or “Find My iPhone,” presumably using a direct Push-based messaging connection to the device in combination with location-based services to figure out whereabouts a lost device is currently located. Additional restrictions, or parental controls, have been added to prevent access to the Location functionality, as well as more specific restriction on what sort of iPod media content is allowed to be displayed on the device.


New Safari settings offer access to AutoFill, which will automatically populate web browser fields with your specified Contact information upon request, and also store names and passwords for specific sites. Another feature adds a Fraud Warning, which pops up when you are going to visit sites determined to be “fraudulent.” Our sources have been unable to trigger this feature so far.


A new Load Remote Images option has been added to let Mail have faster access to the text in your mailbox, eliminating its need to acquire images when loading messages. Presumably only for developers, but possibly to acknowledge the unlocking of phones in certain regions, iPhone OS 3.0 currently enables users to enter their own preferred phone numbers into the settings menu; it is unclear whether this feature will appear in the final version of the software.


Some of the major Settings changes are buried in the International menus.


Amongst other improvements, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Malay, two Portuguese, and Thai keyboards have been added, along with region formatting and localization for new territories.

Internet (Modem) Tethering

Announced by Apple but not easily discoverable in the iPhone OS 3.0 software, Internet Tethering is a feature that enables the iPhone 3G to serve as a 3G cellular modem for a computer that’s attached either via a USB-to-Dock Connector cable, or Bluetooth—Apple’s dialog screen for the feature actually says “USB and Bluetooth” to suggest that devices might share the connection through both means at once.


Developer Steven Troughton-Smith discovered a way to tweak the iPhone 3G’s settings to enable this feature. When active, it transforms the top of the screen into a purplish blue bar, which also extends to the full-screen battery charging unlock screen when the iPhone is connected via USB. The words “Internet Tethering” appear under the clock on both screens to indicate that the feature is active. Some cellular networks may disallow use of the feature altogether, and it is highly possible that many networks will charge high fees for it. As of June 2009, AT&T has not announced a date when this feature will be accessible, but the U.K.‘s O2 has announced that it will be available for £15 per month for 3GB of data, £30 a month for 10GB of data, each fee added on to the existing iPhone data plan.

Safari and In-Line Links

In addition to adding AutoFill, the aforementioned feature that can automatically populate web page fields with personal information you store as your personal contact information, Safari—and other applications—now offer more actions for on-page links, such as e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and web pages.


When a link to one of these things appears on the page, you can hold down on the link to bring up a special contextual menu that lets you (a) send a new e-mail or create contact info for an e-mail address, (b) call, text message, or create contact info for a phone number, or (c) open or copy a web address.

iPod Audiobooks and Podcasts

Small tweaks have been made to Audiobook and Podcast playback in the iPod app (iPhone) and Music app (iPod touch).


Both audiobooks and podcasts have added “go back 30 seconds” icons that make it possible for you to easily jump back a few sentences, even in an audio file which is difficult to scroll through with the scrubber bar. In Audiobooks, there’s now an icon that can change playback speed, and in Podcasts, there’s an icon with an envelope, presumably to let you share the podcast link with a friend. The feature is apparently non-functional at this point, notes our source.

In-Song Scrubbing

In order to improve “scrubbing”—the user’s ability to skip to a specific portion of a song by moving around on the song’s timeline—the third iPhone OS 3.0 beta has added a three-speed scrubbing bar that switches from “hi-speed” to “half speed” to “quarter speed” scrubbing if you slide your finger down.


Prior versions of the iPhone OS forced the user to make more imprecise movements through the song using a single-speed scrubbing bar that rarely seemed to be as precise as it needed to be, a problem that increased with longer songs and super-long audio tracks since the same on-screen line needed to represent even more possible skipping points in the song. With the new three-speed scrubber, users will be able to choose the pace at which they skip through each track.


As noted above, the SMS “Text” app found on the iPhone and iPhone 3G but not iPod touch has been replaced with Messages, which now handles multimedia messages: images, audio files, contact information, and text can all be sent, assuming that your carrier offers support for MMS messaging.


Images and text appear within text bubbles. Other files appear as icons that need to be clicked to be opened in other applications.

Push Notifications, Subscription Calendar Support

In the second beta release of iPhone OS 3.0, Apple turned on support for push notification services, which will allow certain applications to continue to send updates to the iPhone/iPod touch even when they’re not actively running on the device. The company began more active testing of the feature with the fifth beta release, sending developers an Associated Press application with the ability to push notifications that might be text “alerts, sounds and icon badges.” A universal Notifications Settings menu allows alerts, sounds, and icon badges to be individually turned off on an application-by-application basis.


In addition, the second beta version of iPhone OS 3.0 added support for “Subscribed Calendars,” the ability to synchronize calendar information from sources other than iTunes and MobileMe. Screenshots are posted below.


iPhone 3G S: Camera AF, Video Recording & Editing, Voice Control, and Magnetic Compass

Further examination of the second iPhone 3.0 beta release led to the discovery of a number of hidden text strings and images that turned out to be features in the iPhone 3G S, ultimately announced on June 8, 2009. Images of video recording and editing tools were discovered within the software, requiring the iPhone OS to detect VGA (640x480) video camera hardware that is not present in the iPhone 3G before allowing the user to choose between still or video camera modes. The editor enables simple snippet-style video editing of recorded videos so users can cut down their clips for faster sharing. Videos can be sent directly from the iPhone 3G S to YouTube, MobileMe, MMS or E-mail. In still image mode, the iPhone 3G S now has a “tap to focus” feature that places a square on screen to let you manually focus on a specific part of the image you’re about to capture, as well as autofocus, auto white-balance adjustments, and a higher-resolution 3-Megapixel still camera.


iPhone OS’s prior Photos application seems to have evolved into a new form, as well, with separate tabs for stored Photos and Videos. Apple’s official press images show that the Photos application remains under the name “Photos,” with “Camera” doing the same. Images of these features were first discovered by sources who leaked images to MacRumors and the Boy Genius Report, as watermarked below.


MacRumors also reported the presence of text strings referencing an unknown Voice Control feature, and a magnetic digital compass feature. Voice Control enables an iPhone 3G S to have its iPod music and phone dialing functionality controlled by voice commands, with an on-screen wave form that shows what options can be selected and detected by the iPhone at a given time. The digital compass has its own new Compass app, which lets users see the direction they’re currently pointing in, and also integrates into Google Maps to provide the correct map orientation at a given moment, while aiding turn-by-turn driving applications and games in determining the user’s movement. The small images here are from Apple’s official screenshots of these features in use.


Additionally, the Boy Genius Report also noted a new battery percentage indicator option that expresses your remaining power numerically as well as graphically.

Direct-from-iPhone/iPod iTunes Store Account Access

Slipped into the third beta version of iPhone OS 3.0 and still in early form visually as of the fourth beta version, the iPhone and iPod touch gained the ability to create, store and access iTunes Store account information, as well as to redeem Store credits and certificates. This feature was largely finished as of the final “gold master” release of the iPhone OS on June 8, 2009, adding the ability to download videos, audiobooks, and iTunes U content directly to the iPhone and iPod touch via the iTunes Store.


The initial goal of this new feature addition was to partially untether these devices from a computer-based version of iTunes, enabling some users to handle everything from initial iTunes Store account setup to management without the need to use a Mac or PC. However, the need to preserve backups of content downloaded directly to the iPhone and iPod touch makes a computer an all but mandatory part of the experience.


Apple’s redesigned iTunes application includes bottom-of-screen buttons similar to those in the prior version, but now with separate categories for Music, Videos, Podcasts, Audiobooks, and iTunes U; the specific buttons on the bottom of your screen can once again be user-selected based on which four of the different categories you want to see at once. Buried under “More” is a new button for Redeem, which lets users input gift certificates and promotional codes directly into the iPhone or iPod touch for purchases and free downloads. The App Store application also adds a Redeem option for the same purposes.


The new Videos section of the iTunes application provides tabs for Movies, TV Shows, and Music Videos, with two promotional banners at the top, and lists of different content below. Apple had to figure out a way to handle the downloading of HD and SD video content to the iPhone and iPod touch, given that neither of them can actually play HD content. The answer: you can either buy SD videos at the typically lower price, or see HD videos in the store at higher prices with a dual-downloading system. On-screen text explains Apple’s approach: “The SD version of this item will be downloaded to this device and the HD version will be available for download to your computer.”


Video rentals are also available for movies at the same prices offered through the on-computer iTunes Store; obviously, only the standard-definition rentals are playable on the iPhone and iPod touch.


Music videos are available as well. All videos can be previewed on the iPhone and iPod touch before purchase using a new Preview button. File transfers take considerably longer than with music and most audio content, as feature-length movies typically consume 1GB of storage space a piece.

Find My iPhone/Find My iPod touch: Requires a MobileMe Account and a Network-Connected Device

In addition to features that are available to all iPhone and iPod touch users, Apple has added a new feature that is only available to MobileMe subscribers: Find My iPhone, also known as Find My iPod touch. This feature enables the user to make his or her device—particularly an iPhone, iPhone 3G, or iPhone 3G S—produce an on-screen text message and a sound effect when it has been lost or misplaced, even if its speaker is turned off. Anyone who finds the device can then help to return it.


More importantly, Find My iPhone or Find My iPod touch can be used to locate the device on a Google Map, assuming that it has both battery power and a network connection. Using MobileMe in conjunction with the device’s integrated GPS or SkyHook triangulation location services, the user can trigger the device to signal its location on a map; users can also remotely erase the device’s contents in an up to two-hour process that also renders the device impossible to locate or send retrieval messages through MobileMe. For an iPod touch, the device must be connected via Wi-Fi in order to be capable of being located; for an iPhone, a cellular or Wi-Fi connection will work. Location on the MobileMe map will vary in precision depending on the device and other factors.

Other Features Not Depicted in Screenshots

A considerable number of additional features have been announced by Apple for iPhone OS 3.0 but are not depicted in the screenshots above, due to either their status as “features offered to developers to include in their apps,” or “features that will be supported in as-yet-unreleased third-party hardware.” Those features have been discussed in separate iLounge articles, and include:

In-Application Purchasing Services
Dock Connector and Additional Bluetooth Accessory Support
Push Notifications from Apps (Demo)
Peer-to-Peer Device Communication Using Bonjour (Demo)
Embedded Google Maps
In-App E-mail and Voice Chat (Demo)
Assisted Turn-by-Turn Directions, But Not For Google Maps
iPod Library Access for Apps (Demo)
Enhanced, Bandwidth-Adjusted Video Streaming (Demo)

Apple says that there are 1,000 new features available to developers in iPhone OS 3.0. Many will be revealed in the months to come.

iTunes Changes: Updated April 29, 2009

A handful of small changes are already apparent in iTunes 8.1 when connected to an iPod touch or iPhone running 3.0 software. A new Encrypted Backup feature appears, enabling users to securely backup and restore the contents of their devices—complete with password protection—rather than keeping easily disassembled archives of their contacts, e-mails, photos, and apps sitting on their computers.


Notes composed on the iPhone or iPod touch can now be synchronized with iTunes. Prior to April 28, 2009, it was unclear whether this synchronization will be expanded further with the release of Mac OS X Snow Leopard, or with a subsequent version of iTunes.


Released late at night on April 28, 2009, a beta version of iTunes 8.2 for the Mac provided additional information on Notes synchronization: “syncing notes requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later,” and apparently, iPhone OS 3.0 will require the use of iTunes 8.2 or later. It’s unclear how Notes synchronization will work on the PC.


Additional features will most likely be added to subsequent releases of the iPhone OS 3.0 between now and Summer, as well as to iTunes. Stay tuned for additional articles discussing the new functionality as we learn more.

Special thanks to iLounge sources “Mr. F” and “Tobias Funke” for providing these screenshots, except as otherwise credited above. This article was most recently updated on June 9, 2009 to add additional information.

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Quick question Jeremy
Can you delete individual call? I’m wondering what happens if you click the edit button - in the 2nd picture under phone and contacts heading?

Posted by Joe on March 18, 2009 at 4:06 PM (CDT)


Someone found a screen to upload video to a MobileMe account.  I suspect the 3rd-gen iPhone will be able to capture video.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on March 18, 2009 at 6:44 PM (CDT)


Having an iPhone 3G, I am pretty excited about the new software update. Is there any likelihood of a new iPhone model coming out with the new software?

It looks like either 3G users are not short-changed with respect to any of the features, or Apple did not disclose new features that will not work on 3G, but on a new iPhone that they plan to release.

Possibly the one thing I still would love is the option to delete individual messages. It would be really helpful because not everyone would like to save every message sent by someone. For example, I would like to retain a summary of my bank balance SMS messages, but would like to delete those annoying “Payment due” messages.

Posted by Sreedhar on March 19, 2009 at 1:32 AM (CDT)


Does the new OS have SMS forwarding facility ?

Posted by Rajiv Sinha on March 19, 2009 at 9:20 AM (CDT)


Why, why, why, why, why wouldn’t they provide a week view in calendar in landscape mode???  This is just so obvious and necessary!  Unbelievable.  :(

I was just about to go and buy one of these things and now I have to rethink it all because calendar functionality is so important.

Posted by Roger on March 19, 2009 at 9:27 AM (CDT)


HEy sreedhar, yeap you can individually delete text messages, if i remember correctly from Apple’s keynote.

Hey Rajiv Sinha, yeah the new software upgrade has the function to forward smses (:

Posted by Calvin on March 19, 2009 at 9:30 AM (CDT)


@ Sreedhar

This feature was displayed in the presentation. You can delete single or multiple messages.

Nice to see Tobias Funke is getting work these days! I’ve been missing him, and looking forward to the upcoming movie. :D

Posted by Noah on March 19, 2009 at 10:09 AM (CDT)


re Home screen: You state there are no other changes than addition of the Search screen, but I see two right on the screen grab you use:
1. Now you can have ‘empty’ grids (note that the first screen had empty grid even though a second screen is denoted by two dots);
2. The bottom ‘dock’ has a different icon selection from the standard issue (either we’ll have more freedom in populating the dock, or there is more than one).

Posted by Ryszard on March 19, 2009 at 8:49 PM (CDT)


BTW, the dock shows two new icons, Movies and Videos, that implying either new apps or new functionalities?

Posted by Ryszard on March 19, 2009 at 8:58 PM (CDT)


Sorry, that’s Music and Videos, as the two new dock icons.

Posted by Ryszard on March 19, 2009 at 9:01 PM (CDT)


#5: I also agree that week view in calendar mode would be cool.  I have no idea if that’s there yet, although I’m guessing it would have been included in the information above if so.  However, we should also remember that this is a first beta version, and doesn’t (hopefully) represent everything that’s going to be in the final release.

#8: If you’re referring to the first two shots, I’m pretty sure one is an iPhone and the other is an iPod touch, hence the differences. You’ll note the first has the “airplane mode” icon, and the second has the word “iPod” which is normally only shown on an iPod touch. It’s pretty cool that the iPod touch has the Bluetooth icon showing on it, however.

#9/10: That would be a picture of an iPod touch, which has always had separate Music and Videos icons rather than a single “iPod” icon.  No idea if anything’s changed in there, but they look the same as before from the screenshots above.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on March 19, 2009 at 9:18 PM (CDT)


Where do I download it at i’m having trouble finding it in the itunes store if its even there

Posted by Kate on March 19, 2009 at 11:51 PM (CDT)


Kate, you have to be an iPhone developer to get the OS 3.0 beta, and it’s not free.

Posted by Daniel on March 20, 2009 at 8:27 AM (CDT)


The app store already shows reviews marked with the version number, that’s not a new feature of the 3.0 firmware

Posted by Michael on March 20, 2009 at 8:28 AM (CDT)


They’re probably going to get the Arabic and Hebrew localizations wrong, since absolutely everything, even multiple Home screens, has to go right-to-left.

Posted by Joe Clark on March 20, 2009 at 8:53 AM (CDT)


#8, unless I’m not understanding your comment, you already could do these things in iPhone 2.0: you can put whatever you wish in the dock, or have empty grid squares on any home screen, using the standard home screen arrangement features (tap and hold on any icon until they all jiggle, then drag them around)

Posted by lkalliance on March 20, 2009 at 10:23 AM (CDT)


Hi guys, can you tell me re the Voice Recorder, is it possible to use a recording as a ringtone?
Many thanks, Glenn.

Posted by Glenn of Barking on March 20, 2009 at 3:11 PM (CDT)


#1, still no way to delete individual call entries.  However, the Messaging app allows you to delete individual SMS entries as well as forwarding.  I am still discovering new features as I play around with 3.0.

Posted by Brian on March 20, 2009 at 4:41 PM (CDT)


so with that option of SMS preview..does the bubble not pop up when you receive a text?  Or, what does happen when you receive a text and that option is turned off?

Posted by Sam on March 20, 2009 at 7:58 PM (CDT)


I have an iPod touch 2nd gen . Is there a way to sync my ipod to phone to get the contacts Info?????????

Posted by Fasteddy on March 20, 2009 at 8:33 PM (CDT)


So we can now do more with Bluetooth. Can anyone tell me whether I will be able to use the Apple bluetooth wireless keyboard with an iPhone or iPod Touch running OS 3.0?

Posted by midtoad on March 20, 2009 at 10:34 PM (CDT)


On the bottom of the Hebrew app icon screen is one app whose icon looks like a film clipboard. It’s name translates to “film clips”, and it is located between “music” and “photos”. It seems that video filming will indeed be supported by iPhone 3.0 software.

Posted by Yigal on March 21, 2009 at 3:28 AM (CDT)


Does anyone know if it’s possible to use custom ringtones for other alerts such as SMS?

Posted by Marc on March 21, 2009 at 7:55 AM (CDT)


Are there any updates to the Calendar App? Specifically, syncing a shared Google calendar is a pain and the process currently involves wiping out all your contacts.

Posted by Alex on March 21, 2009 at 10:52 AM (CDT)


#22: Unfortunately, that looks like the normal “Video” icon that appears on the iPod touch (the Hebrew screenshot appears to be from an iPod touch—see the first image at the very top of the article for comparison). 

Remember that the iPod touch separates Music and Videos into two separate icons, rather than using a single “iPod” icon for both.

#24: The Apple announcement did indicate that CalDAV is apparently going to be supported, and since Google Calender offers CalDAV support, you might be able to sync your Google Calendar to your iPhone or iPod touch that way without requiring third-party software.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on March 21, 2009 at 12:15 PM (CDT)


How about email scheduling? I would love to be able to set emailing fetching by time of day. Check hourly from 7am-12am. That way my phone wouldn’t buzz at me every hour all night. Want to get really fancy. Have it use location. When I am home it would check every couple hours since I am probably on my computer anyway. When I am away from my house or office it would switch to every 1/2 hour.

Posted by gfurry on March 21, 2009 at 12:29 PM (CDT)


Ryszard in #8: The “Music and Videos” icons you see in the dock are in an iPod screenshot v. an iPhone screenshot.

Posted by Grey Bird on March 21, 2009 at 11:33 PM (CDT)


Seems to be that the weather icon now says “23” instead of 73? Why is that?

Posted by Chandler on March 22, 2009 at 3:39 AM (CDT)


Did you find anything that lets you use the iphone as a flash drive?

Posted by anonymous on March 22, 2009 at 9:54 AM (CDT)


#28: it’s in celsius instead of fahrenheit.

Posted by matt Pollard on March 22, 2009 at 1:58 PM (CDT)


Hi Jeremy,
* What happens if you click the edit button in the 2nd picture under phone and contacts??

* Are you getting any result in the Spotlight if you search for a number that already saved in your contact list??


Posted by iMansour on March 22, 2009 at 3:21 PM (CDT)


Please fix attachments in Exchange Calander appointments!! Currently not viewable at all :(

Posted by cenzo on March 23, 2009 at 3:34 PM (CDT)


still not able to group artists from compilations? I miss this feature right from the beginning. I hat the cluttered artist view, making it almost useless…

Posted by angrest on March 24, 2009 at 4:41 PM (CDT)


I like the idea of Find my iPhone on MobileMe.  I hope they do both a map of where it is and the option to send a tone that overrides the Vibrate /Volume setting.

Posted by Jake on March 27, 2009 at 12:46 PM (CDT)


Will it be possible to change the colour of the text bubbles? What about changing colour themes throughout the phone??

Thanks! 

Posted by Sarah Roberts on March 30, 2009 at 5:53 PM (CDT)


what they really need is to put flash player in the new OS

Posted by mike on March 30, 2009 at 7:35 PM (CDT)


“iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 2 added support for “Subscribed Calendars,” the ability to synchronize calendar information from sources other than iTunes and MobileMe.”

This is absolutely false. It was always there in Beta 1.

Posted by Muero on April 1, 2009 at 12:49 AM (CDT)


#37: Fixed; we unfortunately have to rely on outside sources as we’re not running the beta ourselves, and this was clearly incorrect. Sorry about that.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on April 1, 2009 at 7:41 AM (CDT)


(a) If I have an Iphone 3G, all I would have to do is just upgrade the phone OS software with a 3.0 when it is released and I would be able to get access to ALL the above mentioned features right?

(b) Does that mean, I don’t have to wait until they release 3.0 in July to purchase an Iphone? I can purchase the Iphone 3G now and wait for the 3.0 upgrade?

(c) Is there SMS forwarding capability in OS 3.0, where I can select one (or multiple) SMS and forward to a group of people or multiple contacts ?

(d) Will I be able to transfer ringtones through bluetooth from another phone to my Iphone, or my laptop to my Iphone? OR do I have to use the Itunes for that?

(e) Can I set personalized movie/song type ringtones for different contacts ? OR Do I have to use ONLY the Iphone’s inbuilt ringtones?

I want to buy an Iphone even before the OS 3.0 is released, buy I am just paranoid that the applications and features being offered in OS 3.0 will work on my already purchased Iphone 3G just by a simply software upgrade in July ?


Posted by Samkit on April 1, 2009 at 8:20 PM (CDT)


I think this is a big new feature that i stumbled upon.

The iphone now updates smart playlist contents.

For Example:
Before if you have a smart playlist that only contained songs with PlayCount = 0, that playlist would stay the same until you sync to iTunes. Now as soon as you listed to a song, it’s removed from the playlist. AWESOME!

Posted by scott on April 2, 2009 at 9:53 AM (CDT)


All I really want, as many have asked for, is a custom eq. This is just 1 feature that should be STANDARD on all the ipods, not just the iPhone and Touch.

Posted by TheDarkSide on April 3, 2009 at 8:28 PM (CDT)


Hey does anyone know when flash player will be available to iphones and ipod touches?

Posted by Abreu23 on April 4, 2009 at 11:57 AM (CDT)


any sight of Wake-to-Playlist in the Alarm app or the Calendar app?

this is the stupidest instance of removing long standing features i’ve seen yet from Apple.

Posted by mike in boston or toronto on April 4, 2009 at 11:58 AM (CDT)


Hi, any idea on how to have a larger and different Fond in ‘Notes’ and also for the individual details in ‘Contacts’? Thanks Mike

Posted by Mike on April 8, 2009 at 10:25 AM (CDT)


Why there is no backspace in the keyboard to make it easier to correct mistyping?

Posted by hery on April 9, 2009 at 1:57 AM (CDT)


I’ll be impressed when they provide:

1.  Dialing from nubmers in calendar items
2.  Ability to “snooze” a meeting alert (ie 5 mins alert again)

Posted by Keith on April 12, 2009 at 1:07 PM (CDT)


Since the day I bought the iPhone 3g, which was a week after it’s release, I was shocked and disappointed to see that I could not delete a single call entry. Every single phone I ever owned since had this option. I mean, it was quite logical and common sense for a cell phone company to put that as an option.

I like to keep my dialled/missed/received organized. Sometimes I figure out what I did out of that. And of course, with the iPhone, I am dialing more numbers than I should; just dialing people by mistake.

When I figued out that SMS’s can be deleted one by one, I was stunned. What is the reasoning behind Apple’s thinking.

How can a simple function like that be missed out on. Considering the people at Apple are not stupid (or I hope not), then there’s gotta be a reason behind them not adding this feature with all the updates that have been released.

I know this might sound a little over the top, but I have emailed Apple and let them know that a phone without that functionality is pretty stupid. I have not heard from them and I highly doubt that this option will be added with OS 3.0; especially that the Beta dudes do not see it around.

All I can do now is hope!

Posted by Wesam on April 16, 2009 at 11:58 PM (CDT)


Please add a snooze button to meeting reminders and the alarm clock.  This is so basic of an item that Apple should have had this on the first generation phone three years ago.

Posted by Jay on April 21, 2009 at 3:40 PM (CDT)


I have a G2 ipod touch and was wondering if with 3.0 will I be able to connect to my mobile phone via bluetooth and use it to have the touch access the net/itunes/etc

Posted by Scott on April 22, 2009 at 12:09 AM (CDT)


@#48 Jay…

You can snooze an alarm by pressing an onscreen button or use the sleep/wake button

Posted by Paul on April 26, 2009 at 4:54 AM (CDT)


Does the 3.0 software’s mail application allow for push e-mail to subfolders on Exchange accounts?

Currently only the ‘inbox’ folder operates for push e-mail and you have to manually check each subfolder or peer-level folder in order for the iPhone to retrieve mail.

It would be *SO* nice if this were added/fixed because I could then use rules again. ;)

Posted by Whitney on April 29, 2009 at 11:07 AM (CDT)


The Video capture, Compass, and Battery percentage features are not in the iPhone OS 3.0 beta(s).

These are features of the 3rd (next) generation of the iPhone and its subsequent OS.

Posted by MacSteveT on April 29, 2009 at 11:53 AM (CDT)


WHY can’t they add the envelope icon in the top tool bar next to the battery so you don’t have to slide open the home screen to check for email. WHY?>????

Posted by jw on May 5, 2009 at 1:12 PM (CDT)


Let’s hope that this will be the time where Nike+ipdo finally works on iPhone

Posted by benjamin935 on May 10, 2009 at 3:20 PM (CDT)


will the new update include phonebook group features? it would be awsome if you could create groups for mass-text messaging for all iphones. i currently have a first gen iphone.

Posted by martin reyes on May 14, 2009 at 3:41 PM (CDT)


wow this sucks that you have to pay $10 for the ipod touch update apple what is this !!

Posted by heyman on May 27, 2009 at 6:52 PM (CDT)


Are they going to make it where you can delete a email address that is not in your contacts but is saved from a email you sent earlier on your phone? Right now I have a few email’s I sent that were not in my contacts. Cannot get them to drop off. Tried all the things online. Only way to delete them is to reset the phone.

Annoying when you go to send a email, type in a letter, and a email address comes up that is not in your contacts but was sent to someone 6 months ago.

Posted by Tim on May 30, 2009 at 7:55 AM (CDT)


How do you pay to get os 3.0 on an iPod touch

Posted by Joel r on June 9, 2009 at 2:05 AM (CDT)


still no flash at camera !!!! how amazing is that .....

Posted by Berke Turgan on June 9, 2009 at 6:56 AM (CDT)


Where is the ability to speak into your bluetooth headset and do voice dialing for iPhone.  I could do this with the cheapest of cell phones but not iPhone.  Have to use flaky apps that still require me to make contact with the phone and talk to the phone’s mic.  ARGH!!

Posted by Tom on June 9, 2009 at 11:13 AM (CDT)


I desparately need custom ringtone for sms.  I’m an MD and use my phone as a pager.  None of the ringtone will wake me up.  Also need sms fowarding.  This stuff should be simple to do.

Posted by Ketan on June 9, 2009 at 6:25 PM (CDT)


Whatever happened to VPN on demand?  Wasn’t it supposed to be part of 3.0?

Posted by Joel on June 9, 2009 at 8:28 PM (CDT)


Sure hope it’s possible to change the alert sounds for texts, e-mail, etc…

Posted by SCHMEGGA on June 14, 2009 at 10:09 AM (CDT)


Can you please tell me what I have to do to remove OS 3.0 (beta 5) edition and how I will go about getting the new OS when it is released on the 17th of June?  I mean can I just to to Itunes and do an update and will my Beta be exchanged for the new OS?  Thanks, Zip

Posted by Joe on June 14, 2009 at 5:56 PM (CDT)


any idea what time of day this will come out tomorrow?

Posted by Ryan on June 16, 2009 at 3:09 PM (CDT)


Does the change to calendar mean that I no longer need busysynch to have my google calendar synch with mac and iphone both ways?

Posted by Billy on June 16, 2009 at 5:11 PM (CDT)


I am in New Zealand and it is Wednesday 17th here. Should I be able to update my iPhone now or will it be released on Wednesday PDT?

Posted by Kiwi on June 16, 2009 at 6:17 PM (CDT)


@ ketan

if you are using a mac you can add custom ringtones using garage band.  this is quick and pretty simple.  as for sms. it is coming with new software tomorrow.

Posted by warren on June 16, 2009 at 8:21 PM (CDT)


Will I be able to listen to audiobooks on my iPhone with 3.0 via the original bluetooth device?

Posted by Larry on June 17, 2009 at 2:48 PM (CDT)


“Hi guys, can you tell me re the Voice Recorder, is it possible to use a recording as a ringtone?
Many thanks, Glenn.”

Glenn, yes.  Here’s my first try that worked:
1. Record the voice memo
2. Email to self
3. Save emailed file to your computer and change extension from m4a to m4r (ringtone extension)
4. Move file back to iPhone and you have a ring tone.

Posted by zarkobiz on June 18, 2009 at 2:08 AM (CDT)


hey help my Iphone screen is magnified, how you get it back to normal mode??

hey aider mon écran de l’iPhone est amplifié, comment vous le récupérer en mode normal??

Posted by Mark Robert Poulsen on January 26, 2010 at 4:20 PM (CST)


We would like to sync our calenders with another Iphone…how do we do this?

Posted by C Aceti on February 4, 2010 at 12:57 PM (CST)


I have a question concerning video on the Iphone                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I am looking for software that would allow me to record video from an outside source such as a pen camera using my iphone.  Is there any way to do this?

Posted by Doug on February 19, 2010 at 3:57 PM (CST)


Is it possible to remove a single event on my iPod Touch, or do I have to do this on my Mac computer calendar and then sync it?

Posted by Joey Hartman on February 23, 2010 at 10:35 AM (CST)


I have a Ipod to Samsung HT-Z425 home thearte cradle that is at the moment working with a Ipod with OS version 3 software.
I am concerned that if / when I update my Ipod to version 4 software when it comes out the Ipod will not work with my Samsung.
Is it possible to go back to a previous OS.

Posted by brian S on May 1, 2010 at 5:34 AM (CDT)


I can not get my Itouch Weather app to accept any cities. I had several cities loaded and all of a sudden they would no longer update.

Posted by Scott on June 17, 2010 at 7:37 PM (CDT)


Well I like the new update, but i wished the next update would let 2nd generation i pod touch have the home wallpaper.

Posted by Kevin on June 26, 2010 at 3:56 PM (CDT)


O i search Google for i pod ISO 4 and this was the first one that came up so messed up on my recent post.

Posted by Kevin on June 26, 2010 at 3:57 PM (CDT)


Grandson has a 4G Touch. In grade 4 age 9. Show me apps applicable for this guy and how do I buy them for him.

Posted by Dan West on January 12, 2011 at 6:13 PM (CST)


hey i was wondering why my ipod wonnt let me download any games cause i need a iphone 3.0 software? ive updated it everytime one comes up. itsfrustrating, help????

Posted by kara pearce on October 17, 2011 at 12:44 PM (CDT)



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