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iPhone OS 3.0: Yes, It’s Really Here

Apple's iPhone OS 3.0 appears to have begun trickling out -- at least for some iPhone owners -- ending the months-long wait for the highly anticipated update. The Mac Observer has begun receiving reports that shortly after 10AM pacific time iTunes started showing the tell-tale dialog that a new version of the iPhone OS was available.

iPhone OS 3.0 is available to at least some iPhone owners.

The new version of the iPhone and iPod touch operating system includes several new features such as copy and paste, system-wide Spotlight searches, system-wide landscape keyboards, push notifications, Find My iPhone, voice memos, note syncing, and more.

iPhone and iPod touch owners can download and install the update by launching iTunes, connecting their handheld to their computer, then clicking Check for Update under the device's Summary tab.

Just like Apple's iPhone OS 2.0 upgrade, it appears that the update isn't appearing for all users immediately -- an indication that the rollout may be staggered through specific regions to help avoid server overloads. iPhone and iPod touch users can periodically re-check to see if the update is available.

iPhone OS 3.0 adds backup encryption.

Apple worked to improve data security with the update by adding the ability to remotely wipe information from an iPhone as well as locate a missing iPhone with the new Find My iPhone feature. The company also added the ability in iTunes to encrypt and password protect your handheld backup.

Before jumping into a major upgrade like iPhone OS 3.0, it's a good idea to make sure that your applications are up to date and that all of your important data is backed up. For information on preparing for the update, check out TMO's iPhone OS 3.0 Upgrade Guide.

iPhone OS 3.0 is a free upgrade for all iPhone owners, and US$9.95 for iPod touch owners.

11 comments from the community.

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Dave Strickler said:

Update is working well for me so far. Tested voice recording and sync.


jbruni said:

Does it support X.509 email certificates?


jimothy said:

I just installed it and the oleophobic screen doesn’t appear to be working. Geez, way to drop the ball for your long time customers, Apple.

(Just kidding).


Lee Dronick said:

I just tested Voice Memo. I like it, pause after hitting the record button or the beginning of the memo may get cut off.

Also I thought it lost some apps, but there was an empty page/screen after the home page. I think that the addition of Voice Memo pushed the other apps back


DanielDecker said:

@jimothy LOL! and mine doesn’t have the pony, either.


Lee Dronick said:

Hmmm, Page #1 that used to be the home page is now the Search Page.


Lee Dronick said:

I just checked the Stocks app, Apple is up Palm is down on news of iPhone OS3 smile


daemon said:

Why does Apple charge for this update? Google didn’t charge anything for the Cupcake update.


Lee Dronick said:

Getting used to using the copy/cut/paste, nice feature


Lee Dronick said:

“Why does Apple charge for this update? Google didnít charge anything for the Cupcake update.”

It should be free for iPhone 3G users. I think they only charge for it when installing on an iPod Touch, something about accounting rules.


Bosco (Brad Hutchings) said:

Yes, accounting rules. The internal discussion went like this.

Fred Anderson: Steve, I have some good news and some bad news for you.

Steve Jobs: OK, Fred, bad news first.

Fred Anderson: The bad news is that I kinda screwed up that back dated options thing a few years ago. Technically, we can do it, but we have to pay the spread between the market price on the actual day we granted them and the exercise price for the day they are back-dated.

Steve Jobs: Is it a lot of money?

Fred Anderson: Well, that’s where the good news comes in. Yes, it’s a lot of money, but we can make it up by charging minor upgrade fees for software on devices that don’t have a subscription component.

Steve Jobs: Accounting Rulz!

Fred Anderson: Yeah, accounting rules.


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