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iPhone Firmware 3.1 Update Coming With New Features

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Last night (June 30, 2009), Apple released the iPhone Software 3.1 beta and an updated 3.1 beta Software Development Kit.

The 3.1 software beta update has arrived for testing just under 2 weeks since the release of the iPhone 3.0 software on June 17, 2009.

3.1

The update is believed to bring small fixes and improvements to the iPhone software with limited focus on major new features. Below is a brief list of changes that have been found so far in the 3.1 software update*:

  • Voice Control can be activated/used from a Bluetooth Headset
  • iPhone vibrates when you move apps on the Home Screen
  • Modem firmware updated to 5.08.01
  • Cut, Copy, Paste functionality for the Dial Pad in the Phone App
  • Video editing now has the option to trim your clip then “Save as copy…” rather then replacing the original clip.
  • OpenGL and Quartz improvements
  • APIs to allow third party apps to access videos and edit them

*The above features/updates may not all be available in the public release of 3.1 as the Beta 3.1 software is for testing purposes only.

On a side note, anyone that unlocks or wants to unlock their iPhone, iPhone 3G, or iPhone 3GS should hold off on the update to 3.1 because the baseband has been changed.

I feel as if this update to iPhone 3.1 software is too early. iPhone 3.0 software was just recently released on June 17, 2009 and I have not noticed anything buggy or wrong with my 3.0 running on an iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS. Have you noticed anything? Are you waiting for a 3.1 update for your iPhone?

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  • Dude

    I think they are trying to plug the exploit that ultrasn0w uses….

  • Dude

    I think they are trying to plug the exploit that ultrasn0w uses….

  • Fragilityg4

    I like the idea of voice command being used through bluetooth headsets as this is one function I have missed from my previous phone!

  • Fragilityg4

    I like the idea of voice command being used through bluetooth headsets as this is one function I have missed from my previous phone!

  • Guest

    DO NOT UPDATE, baseband will change to 05.08.01.
    More info of current changes here…. http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=5731
    Finally though! Hopefully these bugs will get fixed and a jailbreak release 🙂

  • Dusty

    DO NOT UPDATE, baseband will change to 05.08.01.
    More info of current changes here…. http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=5731
    Finally though! Hopefully these bugs will get fixed and a jailbreak release 🙂

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  • generalinq

    No bugs here. Still using 3g. 3.0. Loving the copy and paste.

  • generalinq

    No bugs here. Still using 3g. 3.0. Loving the copy and paste.

  • Codeman

    I noticed a slight bug. 5 of my apps has the wrong picture icon. The titles were correct but the pictures were to deleted apps. It was only the 6th page of apps. I just uninstalled them, and reinstalled them. Restarting had no effect. Interesting! Anyone else have this?

  • Codeman

    I noticed a slight bug. 5 of my apps has the wrong picture icon. The titles were correct but the pictures were to deleted apps. It was only the 6th page of apps. I just uninstalled them, and reinstalled them. Restarting had no effect. Interesting! Anyone else have this?

  • Cheese

    I found 3.0 a bit laggy and buggy… It’s like runnig a jailbroken iPhone which hasn’t been restored for awhile… Than I did a hard reset and it seemed to help a bit… But not as well as I hoped… It might just be my phone, as i don’t see others with the same problem… I had even restored it to factory settings before I updated to 3.0…. Maybe I’ll try the tips in the post about decreased battery life and how to fix it… Maybe they will help the laggy/buggy-ness, it’s worth a try I suppose

  • Cheese

    I found 3.0 a bit laggy and buggy… It’s like runnig a jailbroken iPhone which hasn’t been restored for awhile… Than I did a hard reset and it seemed to help a bit… But not as well as I hoped… It might just be my phone, as i don’t see others with the same problem… I had even restored it to factory settings before I updated to 3.0…. Maybe I’ll try the tips in the post about decreased battery life and how to fix it… Maybe they will help the laggy/buggy-ness, it’s worth a try I suppose

  • Nick

    You have to uninstall the apps that are having this isssue, HARD RESET then reinstall the apps (at least thats what worked for me)

  • Nick

    You have to uninstall the apps that are having this isssue, HARD RESET then reinstall the apps (at least thats what worked for me)

  • Cody

    I have the same problem. It was fine until I did a hard reset, but then I got the messed up icons. I’ll have to try what Nick said.

  • Cody

    I have the same problem. It was fine until I did a hard reset, but then I got the messed up icons. I’ll have to try what Nick said.

  • Scott

    I’m still waiting for my iPhone 3GS lol…

  • Scott

    I’m still waiting for my iPhone 3GS lol…

  • Patrick

    I’m noticing a bug with the shuffle command in Voice Control – once you use Voice Control to turn shuffle on, shuffle will remain on, no matter what. Even if you start playing a new album, shuffle will remain on and the songs of that album will play in a random order. Of course, you can tap the shuffle button on the screen to play songs in the correct order, but once you change albums again, shuffle will automatically be on. The only way to fix this once you’ve turned shuffle on using Voice Control is to force-quit the iPod app (hold down sleep button until slider appears, then hold down home button for ~6 seconds). Anyone else noticing this?

  • Patrick

    I’m noticing a bug with the shuffle command in Voice Control – once you use Voice Control to turn shuffle on, shuffle will remain on, no matter what. Even if you start playing a new album, shuffle will remain on and the songs of that album will play in a random order. Of course, you can tap the shuffle button on the screen to play songs in the correct order, but once you change albums again, shuffle will automatically be on. The only way to fix this once you’ve turned shuffle on using Voice Control is to force-quit the iPod app (hold down sleep button until slider appears, then hold down home button for ~6 seconds). Anyone else noticing this?

  • Mike

    Huge new feature here that’s totally being overlooked!

    Save as copy for video… Now if you have a long video, you can select a little part in the middle, upload it to youtube, and still have the original long video. Before, to get that short clip, you had to delete the rest of the video.

  • Mike

    Huge new feature here that’s totally being overlooked!

    Save as copy for video… Now if you have a long video, you can select a little part in the middle, upload it to youtube, and still have the original long video. Before, to get that short clip, you had to delete the rest of the video.

  • Jan

    The first time I tried using Winterboard, it had stripes, and was part winterboard icon and part easywriter (the landscape email app). I don’t know what I did to fix it. I have a theme on though, that seemed to change it.

  • Jan

    The first time I tried using Winterboard, it had stripes, and was part winterboard icon and part easywriter (the landscape email app). I don’t know what I did to fix it. I have a theme on though, that seemed to change it.

  • Don

    There are other bugs and critical missing features.
    Bug: user name and password saving does not work at all on my phone ond others. It offers to save passwords but never makes autofill available.

    Bug: phone number detection does not work in many places such as meeting subjects and locations, contact notes, form data. Paste to phone will help.

    Bug: since 3.0 update caller Id often has random extra digits.

    Bug: something seriously bad is happening in the background. I have noticed that very often the ui does not respond for several (>10) seconds. Keystrokes/taps are cached and occur in a burst after the delay. This may be related to battery issues.

    Feature fail: there is still no way to make appointments allert you with an audible or noticable sound (other then the sound of a cricket being stepped on — that wouldn’t wake an insomniac). This is a major flaw in the iPhone.

  • Don

    There are other bugs and critical missing features.
    Bug: user name and password saving does not work at all on my phone ond others. It offers to save passwords but never makes autofill available.

    Bug: phone number detection does not work in many places such as meeting subjects and locations, contact notes, form data. Paste to phone will help.

    Bug: since 3.0 update caller Id often has random extra digits.

    Bug: something seriously bad is happening in the background. I have noticed that very often the ui does not respond for several (>10) seconds. Keystrokes/taps are cached and occur in a burst after the delay. This may be related to battery issues.

    Feature fail: there is still no way to make appointments allert you with an audible or noticable sound (other then the sound of a cricket being stepped on — that wouldn’t wake an insomniac). This is a major flaw in the iPhone.

  • Xaroc

    A new Feature or a Compatibility issue? Somthing i miss from all my BlackBerry’s is When im using my Motorola S9 (Bluetooth stereo headphones) Since 3.0 they acually work now, which is great, but i cannot change to Next Track or Previous track, only Volume up/Down Play/pause. Im not sure if that due to Compatibility? or they havent allowed Bluetooth to change tracks yet.

    Thats what i truly miss, sucks having to pull your phone out everytime to change a song, even though the control are right on your ears

  • Xaroc

    A new Feature or a Compatibility issue? Somthing i miss from all my BlackBerry’s is When im using my Motorola S9 (Bluetooth stereo headphones) Since 3.0 they acually work now, which is great, but i cannot change to Next Track or Previous track, only Volume up/Down Play/pause. Im not sure if that due to Compatibility? or they havent allowed Bluetooth to change tracks yet.

    Thats what i truly miss, sucks having to pull your phone out everytime to change a song, even though the control are right on your ears

  • Jorelle

    Hey, I’m still running the previous firmware before 3.0. I’ve been reluctant to upgrade because of jailbroken apps such as MxTube, BossPrefs, and what not. However, I’ve been growing increasingly angered at the inaccuracy of my vertical oriented keyboard for texting and have been debating upgrading. Sell me on this? Pros and Cons, how easy would it be to jailbreak in the future?

  • Jorelle

    Hey, I’m still running the previous firmware before 3.0. I’ve been reluctant to upgrade because of jailbroken apps such as MxTube, BossPrefs, and what not. However, I’ve been growing increasingly angered at the inaccuracy of my vertical oriented keyboard for texting and have been debating upgrading. Sell me on this? Pros and Cons, how easy would it be to jailbreak in the future?

  • ao

    why can’t we get landscape keyboard in the spotlight search too!!! that was dumb not to include that

  • ao

    why can’t we get landscape keyboard in the spotlight search too!!! that was dumb not to include that

  • Charles Cooper

    Constant notifications that I’ve lost my cell connection, and the stacking of the stupid notification screens are a pita. Rogers suggestion was to put the phone into Airplane mode – ummm it’s not a phone now…

    I’d like to see the ability to turn that notification off.

  • Charles Cooper

    Constant notifications that I’ve lost my cell connection, and the stacking of the stupid notification screens are a pita. Rogers suggestion was to put the phone into Airplane mode – ummm it’s not a phone now…

    I’d like to see the ability to turn that notification off.

  • Effelle

    I also noticed two of my icons were switched. However, the next time I synced my apps they reverted back.

  • Effelle

    I also noticed two of my icons were switched. However, the next time I synced my apps they reverted back.

  • Robert

    would it be too much to ask for a friggen DELETE button for the keyboard??? i mean…this backspace button is killing me!!! how but a firmware button for one of the most commonly used buttons on a keyboard??

  • Robert

    would it be too much to ask for a friggen DELETE button for the keyboard??? i mean…this backspace button is killing me!!! how but a firmware button for one of the most commonly used buttons on a keyboard??

  • Natas tmc

    I’ve had major problems with my photos since upgrading to 3.0. I’ve had to do a complete restore three times to “fix” the issue. The photo app will just stop taking new photos and lock me out of the camera roll telling me I can take photos with my iPhone. I’ve informed Apple and they are looking it but it’s not alot of fun doing a restore every few days. The sooner the next upgrade comes the better. Anyone else with a similiar problem?

  • Natas tmc

    I’ve had major problems with my photos since upgrading to 3.0. I’ve had to do a complete restore three times to “fix” the issue. The photo app will just stop taking new photos and lock me out of the camera roll telling me I can take photos with my iPhone. I’ve informed Apple and they are looking it but it’s not alot of fun doing a restore every few days. The sooner the next upgrade comes the better. Anyone else with a similiar problem?

  • Pinkfloyd

    I have issues with my gps.. After the update (3.0) my gps shows the wrong location.. I’ ve searched over the Internet and there are many users reporting the same problem… So YES, Apple MUST release this update..

  • Pinkfloyd

    I have issues with my gps.. After the update (3.0) my gps shows the wrong location.. I’ ve searched over the Internet and there are many users reporting the same problem… So YES, Apple MUST release this update..

  • Jim

    Same here! 🙁

  • Jim

    Same here! 🙁

  • Jim

    Same here! 🙁

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