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iPhone OS 3.1 "New" feature list

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Yes. It’s late considering I’ve already shown why iPhone OS 3.1 sucks.  But, to stay trueish to the tech stuff floating on the intertubes I realized I should post what Apple considers an update. Can you tell that I am pissed about 3.1? Ok. Good, because I am not –not (that’s a double negative if you didn’t pay attention.)

For what it’s worth:

iPhone OS 3.1 Software Update

This update contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following:

• Genius recommendations for Applications
• iTunes 9 support
– Genius Mixes
– Organize your apps directly in iTunes
– Improved syncing options 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
• Browse and download ringtones wirelessly from the
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 caused some app icons to display
incorrectly

Products compatible with this software update:
• iPhone
• iPhone 3G
• iPhone 3GS

* Not available in all regions.

That’s correct. Still no MMS.

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Written by Samir Banjanovic

September 16, 2009 at 10:44 pm

iPhone OS 3.1 Non-Responsive

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I updated my phone to iPhone OS 3.1 yesterday, since then my phone randomly becomes non-responsive.  I did some research and found that others are having the same issue on the Apple forums.  The phone randomly stops responding to anything, neither the home button nor lock button are recognized.  The only way out is by performing a hard reset.  This is very frustrating since I don’t know if it’ll shut off (assuming it’s shutting off, I don’t know what’s happening) in the middle of the night–it’s my alarm clock.

There’s a video below showing that the phone won’t do anything. I didn’t shut off the phone and make it look like it’s non-responsive, what would be the point of that?  I did notice the phone locks up after a it’s been jerked around; that makes me wonder if the accelerometer is causing an issue. Anyway, if you’re having the same issue post it in the Apple forum and comment below.

In case you’re wondering, it’s an iPhone 3G.

Written by Samir Banjanovic

September 10, 2009 at 7:31 pm

List of Changes to iPhone OS 3.0

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Here is the official list of changes to iPhone OS 3.0.  It’s basically a lot of stuff that’s been speculated by sites such as Gizmodo and Engadget.   After reviewing the list I realized that my old flip-up SonyEricson had some of these features, and Apple is just now introducing them to the iPhone. Better late than never. Right Apple?

iPhone OS 3.0 Software Update

This update contains over 100 new features, including the following:

• Cut, Copy & Paste with shake to undo
• Landscape keyboard in key applications
• Enhanced Messages application
– Send and receive photos, contacts, audio files, and location via MMS*
– Forward and delete single or multiple messages
• Added search feature in Mail, Calendar, Notes and iPod
• Spotlight search across iPhone
• Support for CalDAV and subscriptions in Calendar
• Improvements to Safari
– Performance
– HTML 5 support
– HTTP Streaming audio and video
– Auto-fill usernames and passwords
• New Voice Memos application
• Sync Notes with a Mac or PC via iTunes
• Internet Tethering over USB and Bluetooth*
• Browse and download movies, TV shows, and audiobooks from the iTunes Store**
• Stereo Bluetooth***
• Wi-Fi auto login
• Enhanced Stocks application
• More Parental Control options for Apps, Music, Movies and TV Shows
• iTunes account creation and login**
• YouTube account login and access to subscriptions, ratings and favorites**
• Shake to shuffle
• New languages, dictionaries, and keyboards
• Find my iPhone and Remote Wipe via MobileMe (subscription required)**
• Support for more Exchange policies
• Create and send Exchange meeting invitations
• Search mail on server (Exchange Server 2007 and supported IMAP servers)
• Search LDAP company directory
• VPN on demand and VPN proxy support
• Encrypted configuration profiles
• Encrypted iTunes backups
• 1,000 new developer APIs, including:
– In App Purchases
– Apple Push Notification Service
– Accessories support
– Peer to Peer Connectivity
– Embedded Maps
– iPod Library Access
• Bug fixes

Products compatible with this software update:
• iPhone
• iPhone 3G
• iPhone 3G S

* Compatible only with iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S and requires support from your wireless provider.
** Not available in all regions or in all languages.
*** Compatible only with iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S.

Written by Samir Banjanovic

June 17, 2009 at 8:36 pm

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Apple App. Store Down -High Traffic

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Traffic Fail.

Traffic Fail.

I’ve been trying to download an update to Shazam (iPhone 3.0 Tested) but the App. Store seems to be down.  I’ll update when the App. store seems to be getting back up.

Update: Friend of mine having same issue. Now I know it’s not my phone.  More updates coming.

Update 2 (7:35pm EST): Getting a new error now, and app is gone :(.

That can't be good.

That can't be good.

Update 3 (7:40pm EST): Seem to be making progress accepting iTunes Terms and Conditions. And got a warning message informing me that Shazam may contain mature content. That’s new.

I am older than that. Thanks.

I am older than that. Thanks.

Shazam is back on the phone. Now you can tweet what song you tagged. Cool. I probably shouldn’t tweet every song I tag. Damn you Miley Cyrus.

Be careful what song you tweet :)

Now the whole world will know.

Written by Samir Banjanovic

June 17, 2009 at 7:07 pm

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iPhone 3.0 – iPod Changes

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If you’re anything like me you’re using your iPod more than anything on your iPhone.  There havn’t been any visual tweaks since the introduction of iPhone OS 2.0, and why should there? The title and information have always been easy to read and the iPod icons on the locked screen were always helpful.

In 3.0 Apple decided to tweak the iPod UI a little.  This time around when you’re in your locked screen and you bring up the iPod controls, assuming you have them enabled, you simple press the home button twice.  Now you are presented with the author’s name, song name, and album name. Just like when you’re using the active iPod application.

The more the marrier

The more the marrier

Sometimes it’s the little things that make people happy. Prior to 3.0 I wouldn’t be sure what artist is playing if I have two similar artists with identical song titles on my iPhone. Now? No problem. All the information I need is given to me at the lock screen.

Less is more.

Enjoy.

Written by Samir Banjanovic

June 17, 2009 at 12:43 am

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iPhone OS 3.0 – First Impressions

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Thanks to gizmodo I was able to get my hands on the iPhone OS 3.0 before it officially comes out. I haven’t been using it for a long time, so don’t take think of this as a complete review, consider it the first part to a series of updates. If you’re interested in getting your hands on the same image I currently run on my iPhone then hit up your favorite torrent site and look for one of the follow three.

  • 1st Gen. iPhone: iPhone1,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw
  • iPhone 3G: iPhone1,2_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw
  • iPod Touch: iPod2,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw

Sometimes you’ll have to edit the name of the file you’re looking for. I know I had to when I was looking for the image. The size of the 3g version 230MB (241,229,233 bytes to be exact) keep that in mind when looking at the torrent information. I am not encouraging you to go out and download the image; whatever you do you’ll be doing so at your own risk.

Warnings and hints aside. The third version of the iPhone OS isn’t much of a drastic change as when 2.0 introduced with the apps capability. However, there are minor tweaks that do make the phone more enjoyable.

Spotlight

First of all, it works great, it’s pretty swift to run through your phone and locate whatever you search for, the only complaint I have is that it’s a local search. I would love for it to be like the Pre’s global search. If something isn’t located on the you are given the option to search Wiki, Google, etc. However, it’s still

pretty awesome.

I’ve found myself using Spotlight a lot. I’ve used it to search my e-mails, music, and contacts. It’s by far my favorite feature in the entire iPhone OS.

I am not sure how I did without it until now. It’s very thoughtful of Apple to make it such a quick and responsive addition. I’ve used it while listening to music without having my music cut in and out. Now, that could be because there isn’t all that much to search on my phone. There’s about 5.9GB of music on my phone, and about 100 contacts. So yeah, it’s not nearly as much as some people will have, but I imagine it’s still rather swift regardless of the amount of data on your phone.

I forgot to mention the range of Spotlight’s search. I felt lazy and didn’t want to type up the range. So, I give you a picture! You can re-arrange the way the searchdisplays results, which I really like.

With spotlight the iPhone is now more awesomer.

Phone Call Information

Since the first version of the iPhone you had to estimate how long your phone conversations were. Apple has finally realized that there are some teenagers out there that like to brag how long they talk on the phone to “that guy” or “that girl.” So Apple decided instead of over estimating, and people constantly nagging for evidence they’d finally include that information.

Pretty awesome, right? Now you have prove that you talked to a girl for longer than 30 seconds. Props to Apple. Side note, the provided screen shot isn’t “that” girl.

Camera Application Changes

Whatever Apple did to tweak the camera application it worked. It opens much faster and is a lot more responsive. The only weird thing that I noticed in the app is a black square in the lower left (look at picture. Note: I don’t live in a dungeon, the iPhone sucks at low light environments). I am still disappointed that Apple didn’t give 3G users video recording. It can’t be that hard. Jailbroken phones have been doing it since there is jailbreaking. I’ll wait it out and see what Apple’s reasoning is. Better be good. Funny stuff happens to me and I

can’t record it to show to you guys.

UPDATE: The black square displays the last picture taken. In this case I took a picture that was very dark, thus it looks like a black square.  No problem!

Final Thoughts

That’s it for now. I’ll keep this going as 3.0 get’s officially released and they finally give us push. I am looking forward to trying out the Push Notification System Apple promised us with 2.0.

I am done here. Behave until I come back.

Written by Samir Banjanovic

June 13, 2009 at 12:25 am

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