Apple iPhone OS 3.0 Software Update
Apple brings a raft of new features to the iPhone
- Copy and paste, Bluetooth tethering and A2DP, performance improvements, MMS capability
- No background applications, contacts are only compatible with other iPhones, no way to mark multiple e-mails as read
The latest update to the iPhone's operating system provides many of the changes users have asked for since the smartphone's launch. There are still some missing, but those features that have been added are implemented well.
Apple has released the biggest update yet for the iPhone 3G: the 250MB OS 3.0 Software Update. The new update improves the iPhone experience for both business users and others.
It has been two years coming, but copy and paste has finally arrived on the iPhone. It has been implemented well, too: you can copy, cut and paste both text and pictures between first-party and third-party apps. Simply hold down on a single word, tap Select or Select All and alter the highlighted area to fit your desired text. Being able to copy and paste pictures means you can now e-mail multiple photos using the standard Mail app, but we find this solution a little unwieldy compared to third-party apps like Multi-Photo Email.
The other major feature in the iPhone OS 3.0 Software Update is MMS messaging. Previously only available on jailbroken iPhones, Apple has integrated the functionality directly into the Messages app (previously the SMS app). Tapping the camera icon next to the message text box brings up the Photo Library, from which you can send pictures and, if you have an iPhone 3G S, video as well. Audio clips can also been sent via MMS from the Voice Memos app, and contacts can be shared from the Phone app. MMS contacts are designed specifically for the iPhone and will only work with handsets running Software Update 3.0 or later.
Named after its Mac OS X counterpart, Spotlight is the iPhone's new universal search function. It allows you to search through contacts, messages, mail, applications and your iPod library. Simply flick to the left of the Home Screen to reach Spotlight, type in your desired keyword and it will dynamically show results sorted by category. Unlike its Mac OS X namesake, iPhone's Spotlight won't search through the actual content of e-mails or SMS messages, but it does search recipients and subject lines. You can also place restrictions on which content Spotlight searches using the Settings menu.
Voice Memos is the only new first-party app in the software update. The ability to record sound clips and share them via e-mail or MMS replicates the functionality of numerous third-party apps. There isn't too much to this app but the interface is attractive and simple to use.
Bluetooth on the iPhone has traditionally been restricted to streaming audio to mono headsets but Apple has added A2DP (stereo) audio streaming and Internet tethering in the iPhone OS 3.0 Software Update. We witnessed some audio stuttering initially when connecting an iPhone 3G to the Sony Ericsson MBS-200 Bluetooth speaker but after a short time streamed audio was flawless. Internet tethering can be done by Bluetooth or USB cable. Provided your carrier supports tethering, an Internet tethering menu guides you through connecting. The iPhone's status area flashes blue to notify you when tethering.
A landscape keyboard mode, previously the realm of MobileSafari and third-party Mail apps, has been introduced to all of the iPhone's first-party apps that use a keyboard. You will no longer need another icon on your Home Screen to type your SMS messages and e-mails in landscape mode. We have found ourselves using this constantly, as the landscape keyboard is much more comfortable way to type, even if it does take up more screen real estate.
Security also gets a makeover on the iPhone OS 3.0 Software Update. MobileMe subscribers and Exchange 2007 users can remotely wipe and kill the iPhone if it is stolen, and backups can be encrypted and password protected through iTunes. MobileMe subscribers can locate lost iPhones from any Web browser thanks to the "Find my iPhone" feature.
The update has improved performance, making everything from starting an app to typing on the keyboard feel more responsive. App compatibility is quite good, too; given the warning Apple provided to third-party developers, this isn't surprising.
There is still room for improvement on the iPhone: Bluetooth file transfers and the ability to run applications in the background would definitely be appreciated, as would the ability to mark multiple e-mails as read in the Mail app. We were unable to properly test push notifications — Apple's solution for background applications — as third-party developers are yet to update their apps with this functionality. Nevertheless, the iPhone OS 3.0 Software Update will certainly breathe new life into your iPhone or iPhone 3G, reducing the need to fork out for the iPhone 3G S.
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