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iPhone OS 3.1 adds BT Voice Control, Genius for Apps, Ringtones

Apple today released iPhone OS 3.1, adding Bluetooth Voice Control, and a new feature called Genius for Apps. Utilizing the Genius technology the company debuted in iTunes 8, iPhone OS 3.1 and iTunes 9 will be able to make recommendations based on the apps the user already owns through the Genius for Apps feature, which gets its own listing in the App Store. In addition, iPhone OS 3.1 adds the ability to buy and directly download pre-made ringtones. The new offering will launch with 30,000 ringtones from all four major labels, priced at $1.29 each. Finally, iPhone OS 3.1 adds the ability for iPhone 3GS users to access the Voice Control feature using a Bluetooth headset, the ability to redeem iTunes Gift cards, code, and certificates in the App Store, display iTunes account credits in the App and iTunes Stores, remotely lock an iPhone or iPod touch with a passcode via MobileMe, and a warning when visiting potentially fraudulent websites in Safari. The 3.1 update is free for all iPhone owners, while iPhone OS 3.1.1 is free for all iPod touch owners running OS 3.0, and both available now via the Update feature in iTunes.

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Still no ringtones in UK though

Posted by Adrian Harding on September 9, 2009 at 3:44 PM (CDT)


Ok, they’re there now

Posted by Adrian Harding on September 9, 2009 at 5:04 PM (CDT)


Any idea when MMS will be available?

Posted by Jonathan on September 9, 2009 at 5:48 PM (CDT)


Wish they would add voice control to the iPhone 3G. . .

September 25th.

Posted by jkoz73 on September 9, 2009 at 6:03 PM (CDT)


#4 Me too it sucks that they only added this feature to the 3GS and not 3G even the iPod touches have this feature…. We told Apple to include this feature on the next update, clearly they didnt…

Posted by Hansel Jr on September 9, 2009 at 6:05 PM (CDT)


Unbelievably, there’s TILL no balance control on any of the iPods.

Aren’t they supposed to be music players?

Posted by Easybourne on September 10, 2009 at 2:35 AM (CDT)


I’ve watched the keynote presentation, and during the iPhone OS 3.1 speech there is a graphic on the big screen showing all the new features of 3.1 (pause the video at 4:30 to see what I mean)

One of these new features is “Fast forward and rewind from headphones”. It is shown at the bottom-right of the big screen, below “Anti-phishing in Safari” and above “Save video from Mail & MMS”

Now I have looked on every OS 3.1 review page I can find - Apple’s own website (US and UK versions), ilounge, Wikipedia and about a dozen others, and none of them makes any mention of this feature, and certainly none of them tell how to use the feature.

I have Googled the phrase but found nothing beyond speculation from a month or so ago.
But it must be there because it was on the big screen, right behind Steve Jobs.

So what is it? And how does it work?

Posted by Pitmonster on September 10, 2009 at 10:31 AM (CDT)


I’ve noticed my podcasts sync’d to the iphone are no longer in order. Not even the ones whose names begin with a sequential number (e.g. 124 - The John Smith Podcast
125 - The John Smith Podcast

I can’t find any settings in the iPhone or iTunes 9.0 that control this. Any thoughts?

Posted by Mark O'Brien on September 10, 2009 at 11:56 AM (CDT)


@Pitmonster to fast forward from the apple headphones, double click the mic button and hold on the second click. to rewind, triple click the button, and hold on the third click. it’s based off of the next/previous feature.

Posted by vmatikov on September 11, 2009 at 11:40 PM (CDT)


Thanks vmatikov, works great.
Odd that you can’t find this information anywhere on the Apple site

Posted by Pitmonster on September 12, 2009 at 8:08 AM (CDT)


@Pitmonster… Don’t feel bad, it seems to be Apple’s mission to keep useful features hidden from users, for as long as possible.

Speaking of which, where the heck is this mythical “App Genius”?

Never mind, it’s cleverly hidden in the iPhone/iPodtouch App Store app. Maybe hiding it somewhere in iTunes would be a good thing.

Posted by jeffharris on September 14, 2009 at 8:56 AM (CDT)


There are only around 100 ringtones in the UK version of iTunes. Says over 30,000 on the Apple homepage. Anybody else having this problem?

Posted by Laura on September 25, 2009 at 5:22 PM (CDT)


The sound in one ear (through the ear buds) suddenly dropped to barely audible on my I POD Touch.  It is like this with all ear buds. Is there an app or something that can fix this problem?  Is there a control that I adjusted without realizing it because I can find nothing on the Ipod to fix the sound in the one ear bud. The other earbud works fine.

Posted by Diane in Howell, MIchigian on February 18, 2010 at 1:04 PM (CST)

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