iPhone OS 3.0: Features By iPhone Model Comparison

Whether you’re using the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, or the latest iPhone 3GS, the recent iPhone OS 3.0 firmware update brings a whole bevy of features to your iPhone. As for figuring out which features are available to what model, that can be challenging to figure out.

We know that Apple has stated that certain features are “not possible” on certain models due to hardware limitations (which sounds silly when you consider something like the new Voice Commands and sending MMS–how much dependency is there on hardware??).

I’ve been asked on twitter by many folks “how do I activate MMS on my first gen iPhone?” Well, you can’t because it’s not featured! So let’s clear the air and take a look at this chart released by Apple:

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So there you have it. As you can see, features are limited to as the models evolve, in typical Apple fashion. Just think of the minor changes to the iPod lineup and you’ll know where I’m coming from. Either way, glad they are divulging this info up front to all of us!

What features do you feel you “should” have on your iPhone 2G/3G?

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  • Anonymous

    I call BS on the Hardware “possibilities” from the 3G to the 3GS.

    Video Recording – CAN be done via jailbroken apps, so it CAN be done by Apple.
    Compass – legit one that MAY be dependent on Hardware…
    Voice Control – Pure BS. The 3G even has the voice memos app added to it by the upgrade!
    Accessibility – Sure, maybe, I have no clue what this really would include.
    Nike + iPod, yea, sure, I guess you have to have the receiver inside the phone for it to work.

  • I call BS on the Hardware “possibilities” from the 3G to the 3GS.

    Video Recording – CAN be done via jailbroken apps, so it CAN be done by Apple.
    Compass – legit one that MAY be dependent on Hardware…
    Voice Control – Pure BS. The 3G even has the voice memos app added to it by the upgrade!
    Accessibility – Sure, maybe, I have no clue what this really would include.
    Nike + iPod, yea, sure, I guess you have to have the receiver inside the phone for it to work.

  • SnowMan

    Well there is some big differences in hardware with the 3G to 3GS

    Video Recording – sure the jailbroken 3G can do it but only at 15fps which sucks. Processing power isn’t enough for this one.
    Compass – Hardware difference
    Voice Control – 3GS has a DSP chip for this, hence why the 3G doesn’t have this feature.
    Accessibility – Not sure what differences this would need
    Nike+iPhod – hardware not in the 3G to do this.

  • SnowMan

    Well there is some big differences in hardware with the 3G to 3GS

    Video Recording – sure the jailbroken 3G can do it but only at 15fps which sucks. Processing power isn’t enough for this one.
    Compass – Hardware difference
    Voice Control – 3GS has a DSP chip for this, hence why the 3G doesn’t have this feature.
    Accessibility – Not sure what differences this would need
    Nike+iPhod – hardware not in the 3G to do this.

  • w3fh5

    How about mms not on the v1?

  • w3fh5

    How about mms not on the v1?

  • kai

    Hi there, I was wondering if any of my dear Canadian friends had this problem with their 3GS speaker below.

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2048550&tstart=0

    I’m impatiently waiting for the 3GS to ship to me and it’s bothering me that I might have to get it replaced the day I get it!!

  • kai

    Hi there, I was wondering if any of my dear Canadian friends had this problem with their 3GS speaker below.

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2048550&tstart=0

    I’m impatiently waiting for the 3GS to ship to me and it’s bothering me that I might have to get it replaced the day I get it!!

  • visco

    smh…battery %!!! Not on 3G, surely not hardware dependent. Cmon Apple

  • visco

    smh…battery %!!! Not on 3G, surely not hardware dependent. Cmon Apple

  • Andrew

    yes i spent 10 minutes searching for battery percentage on the 3G. not there. that is just pure BS. apple does shit like this to make us think. oh man i gotta have the 3GS to get all these new little features. but this is just ignorence

  • Andrew

    yes i spent 10 minutes searching for battery percentage on the 3G. not there. that is just pure BS. apple does shit like this to make us think. oh man i gotta have the 3GS to get all these new little features. but this is just ignorence

  • Jan

    I have 3.0 on a 2G 16 gig. I have not noticed much of a speed difference, if any between 2.2 and 3.0. I do hate that they couldn’t have made video recording universal straight across (who cares if its 15fps, i still got ok video for my purposes). I also don’t like that I can’t use my in-line mic/headphone set to control my calling functions. I don’t want to be multi-tasking and have to actually tap the screen, when it might not be safe (driving?!). That feature should have been standard on the first model, nevermind the third version.

  • Jan

    I have 3.0 on a 2G 16 gig. I have not noticed much of a speed difference, if any between 2.2 and 3.0. I do hate that they couldn’t have made video recording universal straight across (who cares if its 15fps, i still got ok video for my purposes). I also don’t like that I can’t use my in-line mic/headphone set to control my calling functions. I don’t want to be multi-tasking and have to actually tap the screen, when it might not be safe (driving?!). That feature should have been standard on the first model, nevermind the third version.

  • Jenn

    I would have liked to see the accessibility features on the iPhone 3g. If not the VoiceOver capability if that requires special hardware then just the ability to invert the colors for ease of reading. I can see no reason why this shouldn’t work on any of the phones… Mind you I’m no expert.

  • Jenn

    I would have liked to see the accessibility features on the iPhone 3g. If not the VoiceOver capability if that requires special hardware then just the ability to invert the colors for ease of reading. I can see no reason why this shouldn’t work on any of the phones… Mind you I’m no expert.

  • Guest

    Interesting…. Seen this a couple days back.

  • Dusty

    Interesting…. Seen this a couple days back.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, my friend did some research after seeing this screenshot of my 3G (http://www.twitpic.com/7xf3o) to which he asked if I have a 3GS. Apparently, if you jailbroke your 3G, and then you upgraded to 3.0, the battery percentage should be there… Mine was, and I thought it was a regular feature of 3.0 because I had it right after I upgraded…lol

  • Actually, my friend did some research after seeing this screenshot of my 3G (http://www.twitpic.com/7xf3o) to which he asked if I have a 3GS. Apparently, if you jailbroke your 3G, and then you upgraded to 3.0, the battery percentage should be there… Mine was, and I thought it was a regular feature of 3.0 because I had it right after I upgraded…lol

  • Lawrence

    The accessibility features include text to speech and the voice control, the phone can be used by the blind. I think this needs the DSP and faster processor to make it work smoothly.

  • Lawrence

    The accessibility features include text to speech and the voice control, the phone can be used by the blind. I think this needs the DSP and faster processor to make it work smoothly.

  • visco

    yes if you have the battery % app on a jailbroken phone it can transfer over after a restore. you can, if you want, set it to factory default under Settings>Reset>Reset All Settings. But the GS shouldnt be the only one with this feature from apple.

  • visco

    yes if you have the battery % app on a jailbroken phone it can transfer over after a restore. you can, if you want, set it to factory default under Settings>Reset>Reset All Settings. But the GS shouldnt be the only one with this feature from apple.

  • Wintersdark

    Heh I thought the % was a normal feature of 3.0 as well, given I have it on my 3g too – though mine was jailbroken, the % remained even before I re-jailbroke. I’ll never understand why people don’t want to jailbreak anyways; it’s worth it for Winterboard alone…. I couldn’t stand my phone looking as terrible as vanilla iPhones do.

    The couple days after the 3.0 release but before Redsn0w where horrible!

  • Wintersdark

    Heh I thought the % was a normal feature of 3.0 as well, given I have it on my 3g too – though mine was jailbroken, the % remained even before I re-jailbroke. I’ll never understand why people don’t want to jailbreak anyways; it’s worth it for Winterboard alone…. I couldn’t stand my phone looking as terrible as vanilla iPhones do.

    The couple days after the 3.0 release but before Redsn0w where horrible!

  • colin ward (wardo8551)

    Thanks for this! totally forgot about the Nike + feature!
    I went out and picked up the Nike + for like $25, went for a jog and I’m loving it! So cool!

  • colin ward (wardo8551)

    Thanks for this! totally forgot about the Nike + feature!
    I went out and picked up the Nike + for like $25, went for a jog and I’m loving it! So cool!