8 Reasons NOT to Install iPhone OS 3.0 Beta

Are you a developer that is involved with the iPhone SDK? If you are, then you most likely have access to the latest iPhone OS 3.0 beta firmware. People have been able to install 3.0 beta on their current iPhones, giving them a sneak peek at the firmware which will be fully released in the summer.

While it’s all fun and games to install 3.0 on your current 2.2.1 iPhone, BigBoss wrote 8 reasons why you should NOT install the beta on your iPhone. In particular he’s talking to people who aren’t part of the SDK.

I’ve been getting some emails asking “where can I download 3.0 beta?”. These reasons should give you some insight on why you should hold off until the summer.

BUT wait…local iPhone hero X1Zero is part of the iPhone SDK and he has recently installed iPhone OS 3.0 Beta on his iPhone 3G (he’s trying to build an app that will help him escape his fear of sunlight). I told him about these 8 “warnings” but he had a rebuttal for each reason. Here they are:

1) The iPhone OS will probably expire every couple of weeks. If you are out and need a phone the day it expires you are screwed. You will not be able to use the iPhone until you restore to the “upgraded” version. If the current version is “leaked” (meaning you are not a developer and got it through unofficial means), there is no guarantee you will have access to the next beta to keep the iPhone running.

X1Zero Counterpoint: Since I am a developer, the “expiry” of the beta will never affect me. In other words, become a developer, and you win. However, I do agree that if you are not a developer, you will be making a mistake updating to 3.0

2) The iPhone v3.0 OS is due out for this summer. That puts the release date to be about 3 months away still. That is a long time! The OS is not done. Why would you want to run a buggy incomplete OS on your iPhone?

X1Zero Counterpoint: Yes I would want to run a laggy OS on my iPhone because I am running 3.0. The only lag I experience is the same as you would feel if your iPhone is jailbroken and running Winterboard. But why wait until Summer when you can haz iPhone OS now!

3) The beta will have compatibility issues with some apps.

X1Zero Counterpoint: Nothing that I have seen thus far.

4) You will not be able to jailbreak your beta.

X1Zero Counterpoint: What is the point of jailbreaking when you have all the features of jailbreaking in 3.0. Atleast this is my reasoning. You have MMS, tethering, A2DP. I mean, aside from making custom springboards, that’s all really. Plus, the dev team already announced that 3.0 is jailbroken and we simply await that software.

5) If you want some of the new features, read this post on how to use them on a 2.x.

X1Zero Counterpoint: I have the new features. I need not read!

6) Your 3g baseband will be updated, and you cannot go back. Yellowsn0w on 3g will also stop working. There will be no fix for this. It is permanent!

X1Zero Counterpoint: This one is more a personal preference. I have no need for an unlocked iPhone, hence Yellowsn0w is useless to me.

7) The 3.0 beta is likely very battery hungry and has a lot of debug symbols in use. It is likely also to use more memory than expected causing some apps to outright crash. Such is often the case with beta operating systems.

X1Zero Counterpoint: Oh its battery hungry alright! And yes, it does crash, but this is no different than what I experienced when my 2.2.1 was jailbroken.

8.) The 3.0 beta baseband is likely to not be very efficient and tested.

X1Zero Counterpoint: So far, it seems the baseband, while updated, runs at the same speeds as my previous 2.2.1. Ah, I love the 3.0 =)

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iPhone OS 3.0 Beta is Called “Beta” for a Reason

I completely agree with BigBoss that unless you are a developer, you do run some risks to your iPhone by installing 3.0 beta. There have been reports in the MacRumors forums that some people have run into bricked iPhones by installing 3.0. The risks also increase if you download the 3.0 firmware through “other” means.

Aside from the bugs in the OS, do you really want to put your iPhone at risk by installing beta software? I’d rather have the fully complete, and functioning 3.0 in the summer. Yes, the summer is months away, but patience is a virtue [I have no patience -X1Zero]!

iPhone OS 3.0 Features Discovered in the Beta: USB/Bluetooth Tethering, Find My iPhone, Video Recording?

Here are some screenshots of some undocumented iPhone firmware 3.0 Beta features. People have been discovering these while exploring the 3.0 Beta.

Apple mentioned USB/Bluetooth tethering but said they are working it out with mobile carriers. Could this mean the end to PDAnet? The thing is, Bluetooth is not the fastest connection, but for moving files it could be very handy. Developer Steve T. stumbled across this recently:

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The Find My iPhone via GPS would be very handy, especially if you lose your iPhone.

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Video recording?! Could this be really true?

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iPhone OS 3.0 Beta keeps on rearing its head with new features and hints about what we’ll be getting once the summer rolls around. I’m pretty stoked for the final version of 3.0, and can’t wait to install it!

Have you tested out iPhone OS 3.0 Beta yet? What do you think of it so far?

[BigBoss]

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of iPhoneinCanada.ca. Follow me on Twitter, and @iPhoneinCanada, and on Google+.

  • CGYRunner

    X1Zero: You make good points and 3.0 will cause me to question the need to jailbreak but I’m willing to wait since for me better reliability is key.

  • CGYRunner

    X1Zero: You make good points and 3.0 will cause me to question the need to jailbreak but I’m willing to wait since for me better reliability is key.

  • I agree with you! A solid choice! But I just dont have patience to wait!!!! 🙂

  • I agree with you! A solid choice! But I just dont have patience to wait!!!! 🙂

  • Mrexcuse

    I don’t like the comment regarding tethering where apple is “working it out with carriers”. I can see this not happening or an extra fee.

  • Mrexcuse

    I don’t like the comment regarding tethering where apple is “working it out with carriers”. I can see this not happening or an extra fee.

  • D168

    I can see this happening… I just see Rogers charging an excessive amount to do this…. like $30+ per month…

  • D168

    I can see this happening… I just see Rogers charging an excessive amount to do this…. like $30+ per month…

  • Thomas

    Well said, but here’s my story and WARNING!!!! DO NOT INSTALL 3.0 UNLESS YOU ARE A DEVELOPER. IT WILL BRICK YOUR PHONE!!!
    I did this. I downloaded the software from a torrent, and installed it. Then it told me I had to activate my phone with iTunes. When I plugged it in iTunes told me I was not a developer and could not activate. The kicker, you CANNOT downgrade to 2.X.X.
    I verified this on many forums, and called Apple. I had to lay out $99 for the developer license.

    As for the OS 3.0, it adds some nice features. It is currently a little buggy and laggy, but very usable. It will be great when it’s released.

  • Thomas

    Well said, but here’s my story and WARNING!!!! DO NOT INSTALL 3.0 UNLESS YOU ARE A DEVELOPER. IT WILL BRICK YOUR PHONE!!!
    I did this. I downloaded the software from a torrent, and installed it. Then it told me I had to activate my phone with iTunes. When I plugged it in iTunes told me I was not a developer and could not activate. The kicker, you CANNOT downgrade to 2.X.X.
    I verified this on many forums, and called Apple. I had to lay out $99 for the developer license.

    As for the OS 3.0, it adds some nice features. It is currently a little buggy and laggy, but very usable. It will be great when it’s released.

  • Guest

    Good post. More info, videos, etc. can be read over at the forums… http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=4957

    Cheers!

  • Dusty

    Good post. More info, videos, etc. can be read over at the forums… http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=4957

    Cheers!

  • stagg09

    thnx for the updates.. I guess I will hold untill the finalize version comes out.

  • stagg09

    thnx for the updates.. I guess I will hold untill the finalize version comes out.

  • Harry

    That was a really entertaining Post!!! I liked X1Zero Counterpoints (funny stuff)

  • Harry

    That was a really entertaining Post!!! I liked X1Zero Counterpoints (funny stuff)

  • Richard

    Wait X1Zero jailbreaks his iPhone? I swear iPhone Fan you said he didnt

  • Richard

    Wait X1Zero jailbreaks his iPhone? I swear iPhone Fan you said he didnt

  • For the longest time I didnt…but I caved 🙂

  • For the longest time I didnt…but I caved 🙂

  • I have confirmed that installing the Beta software from sources such as Torrents will infact brick your iPhone. Also, getting future updates will cause a problem because the Beta builds do expire. Plus, I wouldnÂ’t download something like an OS from a torrent anyway.

  • I have confirmed that installing the Beta software from sources such as Torrents will infact brick your iPhone. Also, getting future updates will cause a problem because the Beta builds do expire. Plus, I wouldn’t download something like an OS from a torrent anyway.

  • JonoMacDono

    hey X1Zero, i was wondering if you got the MMS working on Rogers. I’m in the developer program, but can’t figure out how to enable it here in Canada 🙁

  • JonoMacDono

    hey X1Zero, i was wondering if you got the MMS working on Rogers. I’m in the developer program, but can’t figure out how to enable it here in Canada 🙁

  • X1Zero

    Jono, MMS is not active in the current Beta build.

  • X1Zero

    Jono, MMS is not active in the current Beta build.

  • Jimbo2NR

    X1Zero, you may not have a use for an unlocked iPhone now, but you never know what lies in your future, suppose you got an amazing job offer overseas or something along those lines. Having an unlocked phone is like a condom, I’d rather have one and not need it, than need one and not have it.

    PS Travelling around the world is amazing and SIM cards are cheap, I have 4 different SIM cards lol, prepaid, I use my iPhone wherever I go and just top it up with a card. Gotta love being unlocked.

  • Jimbo2NR

    X1Zero, you may not have a use for an unlocked iPhone now, but you never know what lies in your future, suppose you got an amazing job offer overseas or something along those lines. Having an unlocked phone is like a condom, I’d rather have one and not need it, than need one and not have it.

    PS Travelling around the world is amazing and SIM cards are cheap, I have 4 different SIM cards lol, prepaid, I use my iPhone wherever I go and just top it up with a card. Gotta love being unlocked.

  • Bud Colby

    Is it summer yet! Can I download the OS Now!

  • Bud Colby

    Is it summer yet! Can I download the OS Now!

  • Chris

    Can anyone tell me exactly how to install the new os 3.0 on my phone. Can not find steps. I’m in the developer program and have already downloaded and installed everything. Just need more instructions on the final install to my iPhone

  • Chris

    Can anyone tell me exactly how to install the new os 3.0 on my phone. Can not find steps. I’m in the developer program and have already downloaded and installed everything. Just need more instructions on the final install to my iPhone

  • evilgummyworm

    It won’t expire if you have downloaded a beta app from ibetatest.com because your udid is registered with a developers account!!! You also don’t have to turn off the internet when you plug your iphone to itunes!!!! Problem solved!!!!

  • evilgummyworm

    It won’t expire if you have downloaded a beta app from ibetatest.com because your udid is registered with a developers account!!! You also don’t have to turn off the internet when you plug your iphone to itunes!!!! Problem solved!!!!

  • Rhys

    Can I just say to all the morons who actually believed that it “bricks” your iPhone if you’re not a developer: You morons!
    You just put the phone into a little mode known as DFU, then click restore.
    It brings it down to 2.2.1.
    I should know, I’ve done it a good few times xD

  • Rhys

    Can I just say to all the morons who actually believed that it “bricks” your iPhone if you’re not a developer: You morons!
    You just put the phone into a little mode known as DFU, then click restore.
    It brings it down to 2.2.1.
    I should know, I’ve done it a good few times xD

  • Ted

    Hey guys, for those who want to try and install the new iPhone 0S 3.0 firmware, it is possible if you register with the apple dev program which will cost you $99.

    Fortunately, there is a cheaper alternative (only $6) ! I have done this today and it works! All you need to do is register your UDID (unique identifier) of your device (iPhone v1, 3G, iPod touch 1st or 2nd gen) on this site :

    http://www.macgeekblog.com/blog/archive/2009/04/04/want-iphone-30-beta-but-cant-afford-99.html

    I have now a working iPhone OS 3.0 with copy/paste, MMS and tethering ! Woot !
    iPhone OS 3.0 rocks and is much more stable than the previous 2.x betas !

  • Ted

    Hey guys, for those who want to try and install the new iPhone 0S 3.0 firmware, it is possible if you register with the apple dev program which will cost you $99.

    Fortunately, there is a cheaper alternative (only $6) ! I have done this today and it works! All you need to do is register your UDID (unique identifier) of your device (iPhone v1, 3G, iPod touch 1st or 2nd gen) on this site :

    http://www.macgeekblog.com/blog/archive/2009/04/04/want-iphone-30-beta-but-cant-afford-99.html

    I have now a working iPhone OS 3.0 with copy/paste, MMS and tethering ! Woot !
    iPhone OS 3.0 rocks and is much more stable than the previous 2.x betas !

  • skr3dii

    Hi folks, we are looking for beta testers to install iPhone OS 3.0 firmware and test our applications. If you are interested and would like to try it before this summer, you can join us here : http://tinyurl.com/macgeekblog

    Cheers,
    skr3dii

  • skr3dii

    Hi folks, we are looking for beta testers to install iPhone OS 3.0 firmware and test our applications. If you are interested and would like to try it before this summer, you can join us here : http://tinyurl.com/macgeekblog

    Cheers,
    skr3dii

  • nanoblast

    Hi guys..

    just something about the jailbroken OS… I used to have my iPhone jailbroken… It is pretty, the sounds are nice… that’s all… okay maybe the dock app as well which is really helpful and easy to use… however, I have my iPhone unjailbroken again… it is way much faster, stable…. so I am waiting for the iPhone OS final, and I will never jailbreak it again…

    the 10 points (as a computer game applications developer ) were really pointless… and I really liked the counterpoints…

    Cheers,
    >>nanoBLAST**

  • nanoblast

    Hi guys..

    just something about the jailbroken OS… I used to have my iPhone jailbroken… It is pretty, the sounds are nice… that’s all… okay maybe the dock app as well which is really helpful and easy to use… however, I have my iPhone unjailbroken again… it is way much faster, stable…. so I am waiting for the iPhone OS final, and I will never jailbreak it again…

    the 10 points (as a computer game applications developer ) were really pointless… and I really liked the counterpoints…

    Cheers,
    >>nanoBLAST**