iPhone Firmware 3.1 Update Coming With New Features

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.


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?