iPhone OS 3.0: Feature Rich, But Not for all iPhone Models
Article by George Norman
On 23 Jun 2009
Cupertino-based software developer Apple has updated its Knowledge Base to let you know that even though the iPhone OS 3.0 has a long lift of features to boast about, these features are not available for all the devices the company sold. The iPhone 3G S, which hit the market this Friday, provides support for all the features, as you might expect; but the situation changes when you move down to the iPhone 3G and the plain iPhone.

“iPhone OS 3.0 is a free software update offering many new features for all iPhone models. Features and capabilities vary between iPhone models, with some features available only on newer models,” explains Apple’s Knowledge base article (view here). Here is the full list of iPhone OS 3.0 features, just to put things in perspective:
- The option to cut, copy and paste
- Landscape mode for email, messages and notes
- MMS and tethering capability
- Enhanced Spotlight search that encompasses searching through your apps as well as your phone’s data
- Faster JavaScript
- P2P and 3rd party accessories support
- Push Notification.
- Downloadable movies and TV shows
- CalDAV support
- Compass
- Voice memos
- YouTube login
- Find my iPhone for paying MobileMe users
- Shake the iPhone/iPod Touch and a new track will star playing (useful for when you get tired with a track)
- InApp purchases
- Parental Controls
- Stereo Bluetooth
- Automatic WiFi login
- Encrypt iPhone backups in iTunes.
- Turn-by-turn directions.
- Forward meetings invites and contacts
- HTTP streaming audio and video
- Enhanced language support
- Form AutoFill in Safari


But if you have an iPhone 3G, you cannot benefit from video recording, you have no compass and no voice control amongst other things. Moving down to the iPhone, we notice that it does not even have MMS. The iPhone 3G S is of course feature complete, or so you would think – internet tethering for example is enabled by the iPhone OS 3.0, but carriers do not provide it in the US of A and other countries. MMS is enabled as well, by AT&T does not provide support for it yet.

On a little sidenote, it seems that the iPhone has one feature that not even Apple knew about – it can torment you pet dog as it makes a strange noise that we do not hear, but dogs can(details here).

Tags: Apple, iPhone OS 3.0, iPhone 3G S
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