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Thoughts on iPhone 3.0 Firmware

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Hey all!

As many of you may already know, I have been using the iPhone 3.0 Firmware since it came out in mid-March 2009. There are literally tons of blogs out there detailing information about it, but for those that maybe do not search around, I will post my experiences so far with 3.0.

iPhone Firmware 3.0

The first question on everyone’s mind is likely “How do I get 3.0 firmware?” Well, right now it is available to developers once you pay for the $99.00 USD license, however crafty users will notice that links for it are posted all over the web. The only problem here is if you download the 3.0 firmware and install it on your iPhone, your iPhone will be rendered useless.

iPhone 3.0

The reason for this is because 3.0 is still in BETA. Your iPhone device identifier or UDID must be registered in a developer account in order to activate 3.0 on your iPhone. But again, crafty users have found a way to do this, but we won’t get into that here. Just know this, if you download 3.0 without having your UDID registered, your iPhone is in trouble. So don’t do it.

Now I am going to breakdown individual features in the 3.0 that are quite major and clearly visible and usable. So let us begin from the top.

Messages (Formerly “SMS”)

The SMS app is now called “Messages”. Why? That is because you can FINALLY use MMS (Multimedia Message Service) with the iPhone. Basically what happens here is there is now a small camera icon beside the text input area that when tapped, you can take a photo or choose an existing photo to send to whomever you are texting.

HomeScreen

MMS Camera

The other major notable feature in Messages is the “sending” status bar has been moved to the top of the screen just below the clock. What this allows now is when you hit “Send” to send a message, you can immediately begin typing a new message instead of having to wait for the “Sending” status to finish.

Sending

Also in Messages, you can Forward and Delete individual SMS bubbles of text by choosing an Edit button and then selecting the individual texts in the same manor as you would select individual E-Mails to delete in the Mail application.

SMS Select

Resend

And last but not least, you finally get a full landscape keyboard in the Messages app. *And the crowd goes wild*

SMS Landscape

Photos

In the new Photos app, you can now select individual photos and either delete them, copy them to send in an email for example, or share them via MobileMe, if you have that. You can also copy multiple photos and are able to paste them into an E-Mail, so gone are the days of single picture E-Mails.

Multi Select Photos

Photos

Camera

The only change in the camera application is now after you take a photo, a very tiny preview of it appears as a box in the bottom left corner. When you click it, it opens up your Photo Library.

Camera Corner

Stocks

While in the normal portrait view, you can now “swipe” along the bottom to review News, additional statistical information, and trend graphs for an individual stock. You can also view stocks in Landscape view, which gives you a full screen trend graph for each of the Stocks you are following. You simply “swipe” to view each one.

Landscape Stock

iPod

The only thing I noticed in the iPod app is while playing Podcasts, you now have a few new options. There is a button that is an envelope to send the podcast or maybe a link to the podcast to a friend (the button does not work for me), there is a rewind 30-minutes button, a fast forward button in which when you push it, it moves to 2x speed, 3x speed and so on and finally new functionality for the scrubber.

What you can do now on the scrubber is by holding down on the little button to fast forward or rewind, you can change the speed at which you rewind or fast forward. What you do is hold the little button and slide your finger down along the screen and the speed changes to half speed, quarter speed, etc. It is pretty neat actually.

Settings

In the first settings window, Fetch New Data has been moved into Mail, Contacts, Calendars, a Messages area has been added and a “Store” area.

Messages and Store

Fetch Data

As you go into the “General” area of Settings, and into Network, you now have an “Internet Tethering” option which can be done via Bluetooth or USB.

Tethering insideTethering

Also, “Emoji” has been permanently activated so you do not have to download apps or jailbreak anymore to get it.

Emoji

Moving into the “Phone” section, you now have the option to change the “My Number” selection. I am unsure of why you would want to do this, but it is there.

In “Safari” settings, you can now toggle on or off AutoFill and Fraud Warning for sketchy websites.

Safari

Under the “Messages” setting, you can toggle on or off a Show Preview function, the Repeat Alert for missed messages, MMS messaging, and Subject Field.

Messages Setting

In the “iPod” settings, there is now an option to “Shake to Shuffle”.

Shake To Shuffle

Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo, Redo

You can cut, copy, paste. This can be done in any application that has typeable text. So, Notes, Mail, Safari, Messages, and Contacts all have it and Photos has it for the pictures. Also, to “Undo” or “Redo” text, you shake the iPhone and reveal dialog for that.

Copy, Cut, PasteUndo

Landscape Keyboards and Views

You now have landscape keyboards and Views in the following apps: Messages, Mail, Notes, Safari, Contacts, Stocks.

Search

You now have the amazing functionality to Search your entire iPhone. When you are at your first home-screen, you can access the Search function by either pushing the home button once or simply swiping to the right.

Moreover, within most of the applications including Mail, Notes, iPod, and Contacts you have the same search functionality but instead of searching the whole phone, it will only search within that specific application.

So far, there has been two updates for the 3.0 firmware and the second update practically cleaned up all of the lag. So now, the firmware is running almost perfect, at least for me. Apple has a real winner on their hands here with 3.0 and the new functions, especially Landscape Keyboards have been a long time coming, but gladly accepted.

If you guys currently use or have tried 3.0, post your impressions below.

Enjoy!

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  • Mike

    Great post! I saw your tweet about it!

  • Mike

    Great post! I saw your tweet about it!

  • Mike

    Great post! I saw your tweet about it!

  • Mike

    Great post! I saw your tweet about it!

  • Sounds good. Regarding the 2x/3x Fast Forwarding on Podcasts…is that only when you hold down the FF button, or can you set them to play at 2x all the time? Currently I’m re-encoding all my podcasts to ‘Audiobook’ format just so I can listen to them faster. I’d love Apple to add this function into the player.

  • Sounds good. Regarding the 2x/3x Fast Forwarding on Podcasts…is that only when you hold down the FF button, or can you set them to play at 2x all the time? Currently I’m re-encoding all my podcasts to ‘Audiobook’ format just so I can listen to them faster. I’d love Apple to add this function into the player.

  • Sounds good. Regarding the 2x/3x Fast Forwarding on Podcasts…is that only when you hold down the FF button, or can you set them to play at 2x all the time? Currently I’m re-encoding all my podcasts to ‘Audiobook’ format just so I can listen to them faster. I’d love Apple to add this function into the player.

  • Guest

    Great review. FW 3.0 is looking good for BETA 2, can’t wait to see how the final release will be!

  • Guest

    Great review. FW 3.0 is looking good for BETA 2, can’t wait to see how the final release will be!

  • Guest

    Great review. FW 3.0 is looking good for BETA 2, can’t wait to see how the final release will be!

  • Dusty

    Great review. FW 3.0 is looking good for BETA 2, can’t wait to see how the final release will be!

  • I also switched to 3.0 and after a few days switched back to 2.2.1. At work I connect to WPA Enterprise wifi. In 3.0 it forgets I’m connected everytime your iphone goes to sleep. Launching an app doesn’t make it reconnect, I have to go into Settings – Wifi and manually connect. I don’t have this problem with my home wifi which is WEP, and didn’t have this problem at all with 2.2.1.

    I have a bluetooth stereo deck in my car and now in the lower left corner of your ipod you can switch the audio source, switching to my bluetooth stereo worked great, however I found songs cut out very frequently, enough that I preferred to plug my iphone in rather than use bluetooth.

    The final reason that made me switch back to 2.2.1 was 2 of my most used apps, TheWeatherEye and the Chorus Radio app stopped working in 3.0.

    Hopefully with the latest updates the kinks are worked out, I’m very much looking forward to the released version 3.0.

  • I also switched to 3.0 and after a few days switched back to 2.2.1. At work I connect to WPA Enterprise wifi. In 3.0 it forgets I’m connected everytime your iphone goes to sleep. Launching an app doesn’t make it reconnect, I have to go into Settings – Wifi and manually connect. I don’t have this problem with my home wifi which is WEP, and didn’t have this problem at all with 2.2.1.

    I have a bluetooth stereo deck in my car and now in the lower left corner of your ipod you can switch the audio source, switching to my bluetooth stereo worked great, however I found songs cut out very frequently, enough that I preferred to plug my iphone in rather than use bluetooth.

    The final reason that made me switch back to 2.2.1 was 2 of my most used apps, TheWeatherEye and the Chorus Radio app stopped working in 3.0.

    Hopefully with the latest updates the kinks are worked out, I’m very much looking forward to the released version 3.0.

  • I also switched to 3.0 and after a few days switched back to 2.2.1. At work I connect to WPA Enterprise wifi. In 3.0 it forgets I’m connected everytime your iphone goes to sleep. Launching an app doesn’t make it reconnect, I have to go into Settings – Wifi and manually connect. I don’t have this problem with my home wifi which is WEP, and didn’t have this problem at all with 2.2.1.

    I have a bluetooth stereo deck in my car and now in the lower left corner of your ipod you can switch the audio source, switching to my bluetooth stereo worked great, however I found songs cut out very frequently, enough that I preferred to plug my iphone in rather than use bluetooth.

    The final reason that made me switch back to 2.2.1 was 2 of my most used apps, TheWeatherEye and the Chorus Radio app stopped working in 3.0.

    Hopefully with the latest updates the kinks are worked out, I’m very much looking forward to the released version 3.0.

  • I also switched to 3.0 and after a few days switched back to 2.2.1. At work I connect to WPA Enterprise wifi. In 3.0 it forgets I’m connected everytime your iphone goes to sleep. Launching an app doesn’t make it reconnect, I have to go into Settings – Wifi and manually connect. I don’t have this problem with my home wifi which is WEP, and didn’t have this problem at all with 2.2.1.

    I have a bluetooth stereo deck in my car and now in the lower left corner of your ipod you can switch the audio source, switching to my bluetooth stereo worked great, however I found songs cut out very frequently, enough that I preferred to plug my iphone in rather than use bluetooth.

    The final reason that made me switch back to 2.2.1 was 2 of my most used apps, TheWeatherEye and the Chorus Radio app stopped working in 3.0.

    Hopefully with the latest updates the kinks are worked out, I’m very much looking forward to the released version 3.0.

  • I also switched to 3.0 and after a few days switched back to 2.2.1. At work I connect to WPA Enterprise wifi. In 3.0 it forgets I’m connected everytime your iphone goes to sleep. Launching an app doesn’t make it reconnect, I have to go into Settings – Wifi and manually connect. I don’t have this problem with my home wifi which is WEP, and didn’t have this problem at all with 2.2.1.

    I have a bluetooth stereo deck in my car and now in the lower left corner of your ipod you can switch the audio source, switching to my bluetooth stereo worked great, however I found songs cut out very frequently, enough that I preferred to plug my iphone in rather than use bluetooth.

    The final reason that made me switch back to 2.2.1 was 2 of my most used apps, TheWeatherEye and the Chorus Radio app stopped working in 3.0.

    Hopefully with the latest updates the kinks are worked out, I’m very much looking forward to the released version 3.0.

  • X1Zero

    Regarding Podcasts, you can do either.
    If you push the standalone button to fast forward at 2x or 3x, the Podcast will stay that way until the button is turned off.
    The other method is manually by holding down on the media scrubber, sliding your finger down along the screen and once a chosen fast forward speed is chosen (quarter speed, half, etc) then you move your finger left or right to fast forward or rewind the podcast.

  • X1Zero

    Regarding Podcasts, you can do either.
    If you push the standalone button to fast forward at 2x or 3x, the Podcast will stay that way until the button is turned off.
    The other method is manually by holding down on the media scrubber, sliding your finger down along the screen and once a chosen fast forward speed is chosen (quarter speed, half, etc) then you move your finger left or right to fast forward or rewind the podcast.

  • Thanks for the reply X1Zero, that’s good to hear!

  • Thanks for the reply X1Zero, that’s good to hear!

  • Thanks for the reply X1Zero, that’s good to hear!

  • Thanks for the reply X1Zero, that’s good to hear!

  • I’ve been trying out 3.0 on an iPod Touch, so I haven’t gotten to play with all the new features. I have noticed that it seems to be a lot snappier and quicker. I experienced no lag at all, while typing.

  • I’ve been trying out 3.0 on an iPod Touch, so I haven’t gotten to play with all the new features. I have noticed that it seems to be a lot snappier and quicker. I experienced no lag at all, while typing.

  • Jason

    how’s the batterie life so far with version 3.0?

  • Jason

    how’s the batterie life so far with version 3.0?

  • Jason

    how’s the batterie life so far with version 3.0?

  • Jason

    how’s the batterie life so far with version 3.0?

  • Matt

    Odd. I have the latest 3.0 beta and have no tethering options in Settings:General:Network. I’m also missing Emoji from the Japanese language option screen. Very strange…

  • Matt

    Odd. I have the latest 3.0 beta and have no tethering options in Settings:General:Network. I’m also missing Emoji from the Japanese language option screen. Very strange…

  • Raids

    I have 3.0 but how come I can’t activate my MMS? There is no camera icon on it. I’m on Fido. Why do you have that? How can i activate it? Thanks.

  • Raids

    I have 3.0 but how come I can’t activate my MMS? There is no camera icon on it. I’m on Fido. Why do you have that? How can i activate it? Thanks.

  • dens

    Youtube does not work after I upgraded and restored my data in version 3

  • dens

    Youtube does not work after I upgraded and restored my data in version 3

  • dens

    Youtube does not work after I upgraded and restored my data in version 3

  • IcemanYVR

    Thanks for the very informative post. I will upgrade to 3.0 once it’s publically available, and jailbroken 🙂

  • IcemanYVR

    Thanks for the very informative post. I will upgrade to 3.0 once it’s publically available, and jailbroken 🙂

  • IcemanYVR

    Thanks for the very informative post. I will upgrade to 3.0 once it’s publically available, and jailbroken 🙂

  • IcemanYVR

    Thanks for the very informative post. I will upgrade to 3.0 once it’s publically available, and jailbroken 🙂

  • LoWd0Wn

    Do you know if Calendar can now be searched in the search function?

  • LoWd0Wn

    Do you know if Calendar can now be searched in the search function?

  • LoWd0Wn

    Do you know if Calendar can now be searched in the search function?

  • LoWd0Wn

    Do you know if Calendar can now be searched in the search function?

  • X1Zero

    Yes you can

  • X1Zero

    Yes you can

  • X1Zero

    Yes you can

  • X1Zero

    Yes you can

  • X1Zero

    Yes you can

  • X1Zero

    I have not noticed an increase or decrease in battery life over 2.2.1

  • X1Zero

    I have not noticed an increase or decrease in battery life over 2.2.1

  • X1Zero

    I have not noticed an increase or decrease in battery life over 2.2.1

  • X1Zero

    I have not noticed an increase or decrease in battery life over 2.2.1

  • Techbliss

    What?! Still can’t play flash videos?? I’m not happy about this….

  • Techbliss

    What?! Still can’t play flash videos?? I’m not happy about this….

  • Techbliss

    What?! Still can’t play flash videos?? I’m not happy about this….

  • Techbliss

    What?! Still can’t play flash videos?? I’m not happy about this….

  • Kai

    Does tethering work?

  • Kai

    Does tethering work?

  • Kai

    Does tethering work?

  • Kai

    Does tethering work?

  • Kai

    Does tethering work?

  • Mike

    My number change isfor european iphone they offer simcards w/ 2 different actve numbers

  • Mike

    My number change isfor european iphone they offer simcards w/ 2 different actve numbers

  • shortee

    i don’t have the icon either. Any ideas?

  • shortee

    i don’t have the icon either. Any ideas?

  • shortee

    i don’t have the icon either. Any ideas?

  • shortee

    i don’t have the icon either. Any ideas?

  • Shoghi

    3.0 is available to downl**d easily on any to***nt sites. Buggy as hell.

    Everything takes longer to load and work.

    Cut and paste is so buggy and doesn’t work well with the little magnifying glass when I want to move to curser.

    etc..

    When is it being released anyways?

  • Shoghi

    3.0 is available to downl**d easily on any to***nt sites. Buggy as hell.

    Everything takes longer to load and work.

    Cut and paste is so buggy and doesn’t work well with the little magnifying glass when I want to move to curser.

    etc..

    When is it being released anyways?

  • Shoghi

    3.0 is available to downl**d easily on any to***nt sites. Buggy as hell.

    Everything takes longer to load and work.

    Cut and paste is so buggy and doesn’t work well with the little magnifying glass when I want to move to curser.

    etc..

    When is it being released anyways?

  • Shoghi

    3.0 is available to downl**d easily on any to***nt sites. Buggy as hell.

    Everything takes longer to load and work.

    Cut and paste is so buggy and doesn’t work well with the little magnifying glass when I want to move to curser.

    etc..

    When is it being released anyways?

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  • Mr Xxnn

    I Have Succeful Upgrade my iphone 3.0 .:)

  • Mr Xxnn

    I Have Succeful Upgrade my iphone 3.0 .:)

  • Mr Xxnn

    I Have Succeful Upgrade my iphone 3.0 .:)

  • Mr Xxnn

    I Have Succeful Upgrade my iphone 3.0 .:)

  • Mr Xxnn

    I Have Succeful Upgrade my iphone 3.0 .:)

  • trent

    I don’t know what to tell you. I put 3.0 on my iPhone (Fido) earlier last week and I was sending mms fine, then yesterday I went to mms somebody and the camera was gone. I have no idea why it would be gone but I’m sure its the same reason that it’s not showing up for you. Hopefully somebody figures it out or it just comes back soon.
    If you didn’t notice/didn’t check, the mms options are also removed from the settings page.

  • trent

    I don’t know what to tell you. I put 3.0 on my iPhone (Fido) earlier last week and I was sending mms fine, then yesterday I went to mms somebody and the camera was gone. I have no idea why it would be gone but I’m sure its the same reason that it’s not showing up for you. Hopefully somebody figures it out or it just comes back soon.
    If you didn’t notice/didn’t check, the mms options are also removed from the settings page.

  • trent

    I don’t know what to tell you. I put 3.0 on my iPhone (Fido) earlier last week and I was sending mms fine, then yesterday I went to mms somebody and the camera was gone. I have no idea why it would be gone but I’m sure its the same reason that it’s not showing up for you. Hopefully somebody figures it out or it just comes back soon.
    If you didn’t notice/didn’t check, the mms options are also removed from the settings page.

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