iPhone OS 3.0: Long List of New Features and Security Fixes
Article by George Norman
On 18 Jun 2009
On the 17th of June, just as promised, Cupertino-based software developer Apple rolled out the iPhone OS 3.0 to the hordes of awaiting fans. The 3.0 version of the operating system comes as a free upgrade for current iPhone owners and as a paid upgrade for those of you that have an iPod Touch (the upgrade will set you back about $10). All that’s left now is to wait for Apple to release the brand new iPhone 3G S on the 19th of June and the Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6, this September – after you get the iPhone OS 3.0 that is.

As I’ve mentioned above, the iPhone OS 3.0 comes free of charge for existing iPhone owners. But if you have an iPod touch and you want to upgrade, then you need to shell out the dough. Before you do that, here are the features you can expect to get from the iPhone OS 3.0. Check them out and see if it’s worth parting with $10.


iPhone OS 3.0 Features
- The option to cut, copy and paste
- Landscape mode for email, messages and notes
- MMS and tethering capability (not supported by AT&T for the time being)
- 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
- Voice memos
- YouTube login
- Find my iPhone for MobileMe users ( detailed article here )
- 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

The iPhone OS 3.0 comes with plenty of security updates as well – 46 to be more precise. The list is incredibly long for us to detail it right here, but you could check out a detailed presentation of the security fixes the iPhone OS 3.0 brings to the table in Apple's official summary here.

iPhone OS 3.0 Update Issues
While getting the iPhone OS 3.0 worked like a charm for most users out there, there were some that reported issues. Some users for example, whenever they tried to get the iPhone OS 3.0, received an error message which stated that the iPhone “cannot be updated at this time because the iPhone activation server is temporarily unavailable.” Other users reported the fact that when trying to connect to the iTunes store to activate the device, the connection went dead and they got a “timed out” message.

The worst reports we’ve heard so far are about users bricking their iPhones when attempting to get the iPhone OS 3.0 update – even if for just a few hours, it is still terribly annoying to have this happen to you.

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