At yesterday’s “It’s Only Rock and Roll” event not only did we get new iPods, but Apple also made available the new iPhone OS 3.1 for download. The full list of features is here, however here’s a brief overview of what goodies you’ll find:
- Improved syncing for music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and photos
- iTunes U content organization
- Redeem iTunes Gift Cards, codes, and certificates in the App Store
- Display available iTunes account credits in the App Store and iTunes Store
- Save video from Mail and MMS into Camera Roll
- Option to “Save as new clip” when trimming a video on iPhone 3GS
- Better iPhone 3G Wi-Fi performance when Bluetooth is turned on
- Remotely lock iPhone with a passcode via MobileMe
- Use Voice Control on iPhone 3GS with Bluetooth headsets
- Paste phone numbers into the keypad
- Option to use Home button to turn on accessibility features on iPhone 3GS
- Warn when visiting fraudulent websites in Safari (anti-phishing)
- Improved Exchange calendar syncing and invitation handling
- Fixes issue that cause some app icons to display incorrectly
As many of you may know, Apple had their iPhone OS 3.0 live event today in Cupertino, California. The event, hosted at Apple, was to give everyone a view into the upcoming iPhone OS 3.0 and the many new features and enhancements to the platform. So, without further delay, this is what I got as some long awaited features due to hit iPhones everywhere this summer:
- Major API enhancements and additions for app developers (over 1000).
- App subscriptions and in-app purchases now supported (Apple to take 30% still).
- Discovery of nearby devices via bluetooth.
- SDK dock support for proprietary apps and accessories.
- Map app enhancements for in-app maps via the APIs.
- CoreLocation to support turn by turn navigation, developers must supply their own maps.
- Push notification – Can push badges, text and sounds. Major infrastructure changes to support it.
- Cut, Copy & Paste supported across all applications. Minimal effort to implement for developers.
- All Apple apps to receive landscape mode keyboards.
- A whole new messages app (texts) to support MMS and more.
- A whole new voice memos app.
- Updates to Calendar app to include syncing with Google, Yahoo! and others.
- Spotlight search to search across all apps and launch the appropriate app.
- Stereo bluetooth support (A2DP) for wireless stereo headphones, etc.
- Many more enhancements.
This is definitely the largest and most complete update that the iPhone has ever seen. Nearly every single gripe that anyone has had with the device will be overcome with this new update. I’m also very happy to see that every one of the items on my wish list have been met – thank you very much!
The update will be available this summer to all 3G iPhone owners. 2G iPhone owners can also use it but with missing features and iPod Touch owners will have to caugh up $9.95 to run it on their devices. However, judging by the laundry list of enhancements every device owner will benefit from an upgrade to 3.0.
For iPhone OS 3.0 information see:
iPhone 2.2.1 Software Update
This update contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following:
- Improved general stability of Safari
- Fixed issue where some images saved from Mail do not display correctly in the Camera Roll
Products compatible with this software update:
- iPhone 3G
If you know of any other improvements or enhancements found in the 2.2.1 firmware version please leave us a comment..