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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!


    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



    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.


    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.


    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.


    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. steveken's Avatar
      steveken -
      quit asking about the damned mms!!!!! It is not going to be available legitimately until later this summer when at&t decides you can have it!!!!!

      So, apparently by everything we have seen, the only way to get the percentage beside the battery icon is if you previously had the phone jailbroken. I am yet to have anyone tell me how to do it if you have NOT ever jailbroken the phone.
    1. HisNameIsAngel's Avatar
      HisNameIsAngel -
      Quote Originally Posted by steveken View Post
      How do you send a text without closing the app you are currently in? This is something I have never heard of before.
      iRealSMS or iQuickSMS. It's a paid app on Cydia, but worth every damn cent.
    1. tikigod19's Avatar
      tikigod19 -
      will facebook have push notifications when you get messages and such? or have I got the wrong end of the stick...?
    1. fluffer's Avatar
      fluffer -
      don't think so. i have facebook on my phone now and in settings there is no options for push.
    1. mainc21's Avatar
      mainc21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      Hi, I agree great post. Even tho these should have been added from day 1 it makes the phone great again. If u could text without closing an app it would have been good, but I'll guess I'll just have to jb again. I tried a2dp on a Panasonic system in my shop and it was excellent and I also sent my first mms in about 5 years ;p
      Yeah, about the quick reply to text messages...someone needs to come up with a reply widget so that way when a new text pops up, you could reply to it right away and continue with what you were doing without having to close out your App to reply. This can be annoying sometimes when you are playing games.
    1. tattoojack's Avatar
      tattoojack -
      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.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by steveken View Post
      No, its not the "clock alarm". Since when has an alarm clock notification shown the information as 95%? LOL, I don't think you even knew what he was asking about.

      Was it previously jailbroken?
      I did not see the 95% as I was looking near the battery... LOL Ops!
    1. oscar25's Avatar
      oscar25 -
      Maybe there is a setting for this that I cannot find but with 3.0 my phone starts up with the lock screen now and not the home screen. Also it says searching for a very long time before I get the AT&T symbol and bars (although it seems to receive call just fine while it says searching). I've also noticed (and maybe its been said) but the little black box next to the camera icon now shows the last photo that is in your camera roll.
    1. jibaro3's Avatar
      jibaro3 -
      Other feature is you can select the email and deleted any world or paragraph by clicking the back space
      the other one is when you make a phone call you can see the time and day it was made or miss and rest he already fill you in
    1. haibane's Avatar
      haibane -
      Quote Originally Posted by jibaro3 View Post
      Other future is you can select the email and deleted any world or paragraph by clicking the back space
      the other one is when you make a phone call you can see the time and day it was made or miss and rest he already fill you in
      I'm sorry I just have to do it cause you totally did it twice in one message. I believe the word you were looking for is FEATURE
    1. jibaro3's Avatar
      jibaro3 -
      Lol typing from my iPhone
    1. tommy202's Avatar
      tommy202 -
      Im loving the landscape texting very good. It be good if the home screen went landscape too i seen it in a video somewhere but havent heard anything since. My pic mms is working sweet too Yipee!
    1. bewes's Avatar
      bewes -
      Ok, where is the voice command feature? On my previous phone I had voice command and it would also announce the caller's name that I have prerecorded, even on my bluetooth so I knew who was callings and can choose whether to answer or not without having to pull out the phone and checking the caller ID. Will the iPhone have this feature too?
    1. aries_green_monkey's Avatar
      aries_green_monkey -
      Hey! Does anybody know if tethering is more expensive? How would AT&T track it if we just enable it ourselves?

      Btw, firmware 3.0 is worth the upgrade. I too was unaware of the scrubbing, thanks for the tip! =) Texting in landscape is AWESOME. The only bad thing is, you can modify a conversations... kinda dangerous.
    1. tommy202's Avatar
      tommy202 -
      Another new feature i think that is added is you can View Flag Rate on all comments in Youtube and i might be wrong but a think this is new!
    1. luistohe123's Avatar
      luistohe123 -

      it's the biteSMS app from Cydia.
    1. shinerbocksi's Avatar
      shinerbocksi -
      If SwirlyMMS worked on your 2.2.1 phone, copy down the settings and it will work on your 3G iPhone as well. When I installed Swirly on my jailbroken Beta 5 it crashed (bricked) the entire phone.
    1. steveken's Avatar
      steveken -
      Thats odd, some of my posts are disappearing. The last one I did in here addressed the question about tethering pricing that I found. I don't know why it was deleted, but it was. If you wanna know the price that has been floated around as the price for tethering, PM me and ask.
    1. shangdi's Avatar
      shangdi -
      In your picture you have the battery strength in % but mine just upgrade doesn't have this feature. Why ?
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      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