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  • iPhone OS 3.0 Walk Through


    Many of you have been playing with firmware 3.0 beta versions for a very long time, and many features have been detailed here at ModMyi over the past couple months. Now that firmware 3.0 is officially out it's time to for the complete list and review of all the new 3.0 features here in one place!

    Maybe there is something you haven't noticed yet! Without further adieu and in what ever order I run across things while writing this:

    Copy & Paste & Cut & Undo

    One of my personal favorite new features, copy & paste is a long overdue feature which is finally implemented. It takes a bit of getting used to, but after the first few times it becomes second nature (well almost).

    To use hold your finger in one place over an area of text. The magnifying glass will pop up and you'll have the options for "Select" "Select all" and "Paste" (Paste only pops up if you have something copied already and are in an editable txt area). If you choose "Select" you get some little doo-dads (technical term) that you can move around to select what you want to copy. "Select all" chooses the entire txt region. In some areas you just hold the magnifying glass for awhile and let go, the phone will auto select an area and give you the option to copy. To paste go to somewhere where you can edit test, hold, select "Paste." Cut works like "Select" except it cuts test from an editable area for paste somewhere else. To share safari links just hold on the link, wait for the pop up, and select copy.



    For Undo just shake your iPhone and it asks if you'd like to undo!



    Tethering

    After you get tethering working (if it isn't working for you check out this thread) go to Settings->General->Network->Tethering->On. Now you can tether over USB cable or via Bluetooth. Over USB just plug in with iTunes running and it magically happens. For bluetooth pair and setup you computer to your iPhone like you normally would while connecting a new device. Be sure to choose to setup a mobile phone and enable share internet gateway while you're at it. Afterwards simply connect the computer and iPhone via bluetooth.



    Movie Downloads

    You can now download Movies, TV, Music Videos, etc via iTunes on your iPhone. No longer is there any need to scramble to a computer if you just Need something to watch while on the go. Head into iTunes app, choose something, download, and then play via the iPod app.



    Send & Receive MMS, Resend TXT

    For most everyone besides us AT&T users, MMS is functioning with iPhone firmware 3.0. It is integrated into the normal SMS app. Choose the camera icon to the left of the text entry bit while in SMS to take a photo or choose one from your library to send. Pretty simple right? When you receive MMS a miniature image will pop up mid-conversation which you can select to see the full size.

    Sadly I'm on AT&T and my MMS isn't functioning right now. Will update with images later . . . or if someone king would like to PM me some screenies

    If you send a txt message and it fails (because you lost network strength or something) you can simply re-send it without re-typing.

    Listen to Stereo Bluetooth

    If you have stereo bluetooth headphones or similar devices simply pair them to your iPhone. Done. Nice little image while you're playing tunes too!



    Landscape Mode Everywhere

    Emails, whatever, landscape is practically everywhere where it would be useful. Enjoy typing with two hands!



    Search Added for Everything

    Spotlight Search is a quick way to search your entire phone from the main menu. just slide the scree right, enter in what you are looking for, and the iPhone pulls up results from your mail, your contact book, and your music.



    Mail search allows you to search for "To" "From" Subject" and "All" in any individual mail account. Makes it simple to easily pull up that one email from a month ago you're looking for. Even searches on the server if need be!



    Easily find just one song, artist, album, movie, whatever via search in the iPod app. If you know what you're looking for then there is no need to browse through all the menus to get there.



    Improved Notes and Calendar Syncing

    CalDAV protocol has been added to Calendar syncing allowing you to sync in both directions with GCal or any other calendar service that supports CalDAV.

    Notes.app now syncs so you wont lose all your notes if you drop your phone in a river or have to restore. Just enable it in the Info section of iTunes.

    Parental Controls

    You can limit what kind of content the iPhone is allowed to download. Apps, music, whatever. Good for those parents that let their kids play around with their iPhones, or even those parents that spoil their young children with iPhones

    Settings->General->Restrictions



    Safari

    Is said to be faster. I haven't really noticed, but that's what is said.

    Voice Memos

    Yeah there is a Voice Memos app by default now. If you couldn't find one of the many apps that do the same thing (and many of them do it better) in the App Store by now then this less than impressive feature might be of interest.



    Settings

    You can stick in details for your iTunes Store account in Settings->Store and browse/edit account info etc via the iphone

    Safari configuration has the option to turn Autofill for forms on, making online ordering etc via iPhone easier.



    iPod Scrubbing

    Jumping to specific points in your music is easier now. Grab the track location marker, slide you finger downward slightly, and scrubbing is enabled at a slower speed allowing more precision when trying to find a specific bit of the track. Further you slide downward the more precise it gets from high speed->half speed->quarter speed->fine scrubbing.



    YouTube

    This crappy app has been updated to include all sorts of new features. Rating, commenting, account management, etc are all controllable easily by iPhone now. Not so crappy anymore now is it?

    Find My Phone

    MobileMe users can locate their iPhone, send messages to it, and remote-erase all personal data via any computer. For more information click here.

    Shake to Shuffle

    Want to listen to a different track while in the iPod app? Shake your iPhone to shuffle your music and bring up a new track. Anyone try this while jogging yet? Could be annoying if it is constantly shuffling (just kidding, shake to shuffle doesn't work if the phone is locked)

    AT&T HotSpot Auto-Authentication

    Accessing WiFi at an AT&T HotSpot via iPhone is simple now. Just select the HotSpot from you iPhone WiFi settings and it automatically logs you in.



    Push + More Application Features

    Yup 3.0 has push. Expect brand new apps with brand new functionality (Tom Tom) along with updates from your favorites to include some push (BeeJive, etc.). There is discussion going on right in here about what apps already have push functioning.

    More

    There are something like 100 new features in firmware 3.0. All in all this new firmware adds all sorts of basic features that the iPhone has been missing these past two years. If you switched phones because of the iPhone's missing features then it's time to switch back.

    There are undoubtedly things I'm not thinking about right now or things that I haven't noticed yet. Did i miss anything cool? Post up your discoveries!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone OS 3.0 Walk Through started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 112 Comments
    1. nora47's Avatar
      nora47 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bengo View Post
      Why would I download a movie from iTunes when I can download it from torrents? Or shows? Apple taking advantage of little kids with parents' credit cards... tsk tsk
      I could be wrong, and i more than likely am but i believe it is because downloading movies and tv shows via torrents for free is umm what`s the word....illegal, haha, but no apple really is taking advantage of little kids with credit cards
    1. ninthchamber99's Avatar
      ninthchamber99 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tattoojack View Post
      ok, if you have sbsettings before 3.0 and you turn on the battery percentage
      THEN you update to 3.0 apparantly it stays that way
      because the ???mb partition you made last time you restored is still there and not accessible. will work for now but eventually you will want to do a full restore with a custom 3.0 (once jailbreak comes out)

      for the text and mms

      for now swirlymms is the only way it will work
      we just need jailbreak to get it
      and u wont need irealsms for landscape texting anymore but you may want to get irealquicksms to be able to reply from any screen, but you cannot just send a text from any screen, you have to be replying.
      very convenient, but i swore this was stock now.
      Quick question.....which I think I already know the answer to..........but, I have swirlymms now on my 2G, jailbroken 2.2.1 FW..will mms work? I think the answer is no since ATT has not turned the service on yet and since the service will only work with 3.0. So, I'm curious to how swirly would work?
    1. imagine engine's Avatar
      imagine engine -
      I confirmed that the internet tethering feature works with Back to My Mac (BTMM). I can finally access my Time Capsule away from home when tethered to my iPhone 3G. The browsing speed over HSPA is also faster compared to when I used the tethering apps PDAnet and iPhoneModem. I couldn't get either of those apps to work with BTMM. I like that Apple implemented a PIN (personal identification number) for an encrypted connection over Bluetooth to enter in my iPhone 3G tethering setting to tether securely to my MacBook Pro.
    1. ninthchamber99's Avatar
      ninthchamber99 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tattoojack View Post
      ok, if you have sbsettings before 3.0 and you turn on the battery percentage
      THEN you update to 3.0 apparantly it stays that way
      because the ???mb partition you made last time you restored is still there and not accessible. will work for now but eventually you will want to do a full restore with a custom 3.0 (once jailbreak comes out)

      for the text and mms

      for now swirlymms is the only way it will work
      we just need jailbreak to get it
      and u wont need irealsms for landscape texting anymore but you may want to get irealquicksms to be able to reply from any screen, but you cannot just send a text from any screen, you have to be replying.
      very convenient, but i swore this was stock now.
      And I purchased iRealSMS from Cydia and you can reply and create a SMS message from any screen, regardless if you are currently in an app., by pressing the volume up button once and the volume will increase and the quick SMS reply will go away by pressing the volume up button twice. I love iRealSMS. No doubt when I do upgrade to 3.0 on my 2G or if I get a 3GS, i will be paying for it again.
    1. haibane's Avatar
      haibane -
      Quote Originally Posted by bengo View Post
      Why would I download a movie from iTunes when I can download it from torrents? Or shows? Apple taking advantage of little kids with parents' credit cards... tsk tsk
      Maybe cause downloading movies over torrents is illegal
    1. nora47's Avatar
      nora47 -
      Quote Originally Posted by haibane View Post
      Maybe cause downloading movies over torrents is illegal
      because i didnt already say that.
    1. Seephour's Avatar
      Seephour -
      Quote Originally Posted by steveken View Post
      From what I have read on Apple's and AT&T's site, the percentage next to the battery meter is a feature of the "3G S", so we will not get it on the 3G.
      Just to confirm this I have the percentage by the battery meter on my previously jailbroken 2g iPhone on 3.0 as well. So to get the percentage meter your phone had to have been jailbroken.
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      With ireal quick SMS u can send a text from any app as u pre define a button to activate, then type persons name, then tex. Very cool
    1. GregTheWang's Avatar
      GregTheWang -
      Just a nice thing I found on 3.0... the dictionary now lets you type "lol" lowercase and "uh huh" and probably more that I haven't used yet
    1. mallenass's Avatar
      mallenass -
      What About VOICE CONTROL in iPhone 2G am i missing it????
    1. steveken's Avatar
      steveken -
      Quote Originally Posted by mallenass View Post
      What About VOICE CONTROL in iPhone 2G am i missing it????
      How can you miss something you never had?
    1. srbug's Avatar
      srbug -
      I use to be on a jailbrken 2.2.1 and before I updated to 3.0 I did a restore to the stand 2.2.1.

      Now I am on 3.0 and I noticed don't have the stocks app nor the weather app. Why is this? I think I might have had them hidden before.. Is there some jailbroken stuff still potentially running in the back ground? If so how would I be able to remove it?

      Cheers
    1. mallenass's Avatar
      mallenass -
      WHERE IS IT? i was soooo exited about this feature. isi itf 3G S only??????!!!
    1. liton's Avatar
      liton -
      Quote Originally Posted by ddfilms View Post
      MMS and Tethering not available on the 2G iPhone.
      How did you know that is not available? Did you already test it?
    1. aerosolfaith's Avatar
      aerosolfaith -
      Quick question.... Anybody have any info on sending your "location" via MMS??? If so I've got a big THX 4 U!!
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Didnt you miss the bit about video recording?
      Thats beena missing part from day one.

      The part I'm missing is bluetooth COM ports so I can link my bluetooth GPS to the 2G iPhone. Then I wont need to upgrade to the 3G.

      Didnt you miss the bit about video recording?
      Thats been a missing part from day one.

      The part I'm missing is bluetooth COM ports so I can link my bluetooth GPS to the 2G iPhone. Then I wont need to upgrade to the 3G.
    1. streetthrowback's Avatar
      streetthrowback -
      hey i have a 3g iphone and i just updated the os to 3.0, how come the mms doesnt work???
    1. rackha's Avatar
      rackha -
      does anyone who if you can forward text messages and delete individual call entries
    1. khaos's Avatar
      khaos -
      Has anyone had trouble connecting their phone to their PC via bluetooth. I am running Vista 32bit, but each time I try to connect, it looks for the correct drivers but does not find them. I did a quick google search but couldnt find the drivers.
    1. kre8iv1's Avatar
      kre8iv1 -
      Can you please tell me, the newbie, what iLog is? Thank you!