What's New in iPhone OS 3.1, Mac OS X 10.6.1 and iTunes 9
Article by George Norman
On 16 Sep 2009
Cupertino-based software developer Apple, after going through a few Betas, has finally released the much awaited iPhone OS 3.1 to the public. But that’s not all; Apple has also rolled out the first update for the Snow Leopard, mainly Mac OS X 10.6.1. And last but not least, the company has also released version 9.0 of iTunes, the digital media player and organizer that we are all familiar with.

Here’s what the iPhone OS 3.1 update brings to the table:
  • Save video from Mail and MMS into Camera Roll (We'll believe the MMS saving when we finally see MMS - UPDATE: AT&T did it, it rolled out MMS support)
  • Option to "Save as new clip" when trimming a video on iPhone 3GS
  • Better iPhone 3G Wi-Fi performance when Bluetooth is turned on
  • Paste phone numbers into the Keypad
  • Anti-phishing features in Safari
  • Improved Exchange calendar syncing and invitation handling

The Mac OS X 10.6.1 Snow Leopard update comes with these bits and pieces:
  • Improves compatibility with some Sierra Wireless 3G modems
  • Addresses an issue in which some printer compatibility drivers might not appear properly in the Add Printer browser
  • Addresses an issue that might cause DVD playback to stop unexpectedly
  • Addresses an issue that might make it difficult to remove an item from the Dock
  • Resolves an issue in which the Command-Option-T keyboard shortcut would sometimes bring up the special characters menu in applications such as Mail and TextEdit
  • Addresses instances in which auto account setup in Mail might not work
  • Resolves issues when sending mail with certain SMTP servers
  • Addresses an issue in which Motion 4 could become unresponsive
  • Includes an update to Adobe Flash Player plug-in version
  • Fixes a Flash Player plug-in vulnerability that may lead to arbitrary code execution when the user views a maliciously crafted webpage

Last but not least, here is what you can expect to get from iTunes 9:
  • Share your iTunes library with up to 5 authorized computers.
  • Improved syncing
  • Enhanced App Management
  • New music format called iTunes LP
  • Genius Mixes puts together a playlist composed of songs it thinks go well together
  • About 30,000 ringtones available for purchase.


Tags: Apple, iPhone, iPhone OS 3.1, Mac OS X 10.6.1, Snow Leopard, iTunes, Media player
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