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iPhone OS 3.0 Launched & Unlocked Same Day

Gordon Kelly


UPDATED: iPhone OS 3.0 Launched & Unlocked Same Day

So today's the day your iPhone stops being mocked by rivals for its lack of basic functionality...

iPhone OS 3.0 touches down today folks and from this point onwards copy & paste (or 'cut, copy & paste' as Apple likes to call it) will no longer be an embarrassing deficiency (you'll get undo and redo as well, oooh). On top of this are the likes of MMS, SMS forwarding, email and calendar search (across the server too) and mobile Spotlight for searching handset content.

Other nifty additions include turn-by-turn GPS directions, the ability to jump back 30 seconds on podcasts and audiobooks, full Bluetooth pairing, A2DP support (on the iPhone 3G only), native multiple calendar support, multiple image emailing, notes synchronisation, a native microphone recording app, automatic form filling in the Safari browser, YouTube account support, in-app purchasing, app push notification and much more.

What can still be grumbled about are no video recording (that's only on the iPhone 3G S) and no Flash support while iPod touch owners continue to be treated like second class citizens with a $9.95 upgrade cost. There is also the O2 tariff debacle and horrendous tethering costs.

iPhone OS 3.0 is expected to go live via iTunes between 5pm and 7pm GMT so expect it any minute. On the other hand the gold master leaked to torrents last week, so I suspect many of you - like I - have been running it for quite some time already...

Update: It's officially out now.

In related news The Dev-Team has already unlocked firmware 3.0 and posted a video. Let the latest game of cat and mouse begin...


iPhone OS 3.0

iPhone Dev Team


June 17, 2009, 10:43 pm

From the looks of the o2 update page for Pay & Go data, we will be required to top up by at least £10 to get the OS 3.0... http://shop.o2.co.uk/update/se...

Why o2?! I'm annoyed.


June 17, 2009, 10:59 pm

So can you send pictures with Bluetooth now? I took the absolute leg out of my mate last night as he couldn't receive it :-P


June 17, 2009, 11:03 pm

When i got my ipod touch i just got so annoyed by having to pay for three updates now - no wonder i resorted to jailbreaking - GJ on unlocking it already!! they should give up trying to secure it (or maybe they alredy have)

Michael 2

June 17, 2009, 11:08 pm

what exactly do you mean by "unlocked"??


June 17, 2009, 11:24 pm

@Michael - erm... unlocked. Think you should perhaps watch the video. Had I meant jailbroken, trust me I'd have said 'jailbroken' ;)

Michael 2

June 17, 2009, 11:58 pm

sorry about my last comment. i realized how utterly retarded it was just after i clicked send. i read like a proper man... miss lots out haha

proper Q tho... any apps available that take advantage of all the 3.0 magic yet? i want a facebook app with Push.


June 18, 2009, 12:07 am

Roll on Friday so I can have 3.0 with Orange...

Mathew White

June 18, 2009, 12:43 am

What a bloody let-down this update is... There we've been thinking we iPhone 3G owners would get video shooting, Voice Control and other goodies, only to find them missing once the phone is updated... What do we really have? Copy and Paste, a search facility, a landscape keyboard and a search facility - oh, and a voice memo app that we could have got from the app store before... very VERY disappointing, Apple.


June 18, 2009, 12:44 am


I couldn't wait and cheekily got the torrent development version as you kindly tempted us all with recently. My question though - Is this the full and final version? iTunes now says I have the latest version (3.0) and wont let me download the 'official' version. Is this an issue or are both versions the same?


June 18, 2009, 1:51 am

I've installed 3.0 onto my iPod touch 2g. Installed fine but YouTube no longer works!? Grrr!!Anybody else having the same problem?

Cut and paste seems to work very well - but the best feature IMHO is the improvements to the predective text when typing. It's much better now. I hated typing on my ipod touch before.

Hope the YouTube app is fixed soon!


June 18, 2009, 2:36 am

iPhone OS 3.0 Launched... but unfortunately not with enough activation servers at Apple. They're down, like they are for every major release. Oh well.


June 18, 2009, 1:33 pm

@Mathew White

stop saying We I certainly didnt, the 3g's camera cant handle 30fps video.

You obviously were miss informed by your source


June 18, 2009, 1:45 pm

I'm still not going anywhere near an iPhone until the ridiculous situation around tethering is sorted out. If that nut is cracked, either officially or otherwise, I'll take another look.

Current 3G users must be feeling a little left out of this update - it seems to be a tease to get them to upgrade.

Phani Areti

June 18, 2009, 2:38 pm

I am completely disappointed with the 3.0 update... nothing has really changed..well may be a little bit I was expecting the Bluetooth streaming to work in car but hey!! it didn't work. has any body managed to get it worked yet!


June 18, 2009, 2:44 pm

@Greg -



June 18, 2009, 3:01 pm

Serious question; how many other manufacturers out there continue to roll out brand new OS features after the launch of a handset? I think, generally, none. If I'm wrong, fair doos, I've not done a lot of research on the matter, although I seem to remember reading that WinMob 6.5 will run on barely a tiny fraction of current winmob devices... If I'm right, then what makes us so special as iPhone owners that we demand continuous free stuff from our handset manufacturer when it's done nowhere else in a market that Apple is continually accused of being so far behind in...

Yes, I'm irritated that I can't shoot videos on my iPhone when jail broken 3G units have proven that it's possible, but I certainly don't feel cheated. In my 2 years as a Palm Treo owner I received nothing from Palm. I got no new, free games or features or apps for my Sony Ericsson p900 in my 18 months with the handset, despite SE rolling out numerous new handsets with lots of lovely features on them...


June 18, 2009, 5:16 pm

@Cub, I totally agree. It's the same for Touch users saying there hard done by because they have to pay $9 or whatever, come on ppl, if you installed XP are you expected to get Windows 7 for free. The only reason IPhone users get it free is because the phone companies are in essence paying for it. How I wish every piece of software I bought had continues free upgrades that would be great, but not really practical.


June 18, 2009, 6:38 pm


that is only for brand new payngo iphones as you need to change your settings and top up to activate it shouldnt be required just to get 3.0 if youve been a payngo iphone for a while though you do have to change the settings


June 18, 2009, 6:46 pm


I guess it depends if you really see the update as a new OS or just a firmware update. From where I sit it just looks like a f/w update where they're adding the features that other handsets have had for ages. To brand it as a whole new O/S to me is just a way of getting more revenue. Of course there are a number of manufacturers that release free f/w updates.



June 18, 2009, 7:59 pm

@ILoveGagdets: I guess it depends if you really see the update as a new OS or just a firmware update

Well, I tend to think f/w updates are for bug fixes, version changes are for new features.

I think the argument that other phones have had this feature is flawed, the blackberry had push Email well before other manufactures, did you see Nokia updating all there old phones to handle this?.

I think @Cub has hit the nail on the head, I've never had a phone in my life were the shelf life seemed to last so long.

eg. If say you bought the Original HTC Touch that actually came out after the Iphone, the last update was in Aug 2008 and that was just a Hotfix, in fact all updates have been just Hotfixes no new features added.

So even if you had bought the original IPhone your still getting new features etc, but if you had bought a HTC Touch then that's it, no more updates for you.

So even if I had to pay the $10 for the update, to me it just seems well worth it.


June 18, 2009, 8:20 pm

@ILG - People are calling Windows 7 and Snow Leopard whole new OS' when they're both nothing more than much needed Service Packs. iPhone OS 3.0 has more new user-visible features than both of those put together!

You need to look at what's new beneath the hood as much as the you admire the new paint job - the activation of all the new developer APIs opens up so many possibilities that just weren't possible before, and probably aren't possible at all on other devices.

Also, the full OS 3.0 was developed with the new 3GS model in mind with it's new hardware features; in the same way that Vista Super Ultimate edition was developed with a £2,000 PC in mind. Microsoft cut down a version of Vista for your lesser machine that doesn't have the technical prowess for all the graphical features, and Apple removed the features that *apparently* won't work on previous models so we could still get what would work.


June 18, 2009, 11:53 pm

oh.. I so look forward to dev team's unlock

Bring it on O2, dump you forever


June 19, 2009, 2:57 am

keith and cub: This update also includes security patches which as far as i understand are not available separately. Does microsoft charge for security updates? This is a particulary underhand practice dont you think?


June 19, 2009, 3:19 am


Why did you do it then if you weren't 100% sure!

luckily for you the 7A341 or gold master firmware is the full and final retail edition so you can't update because you already have it.


June 19, 2009, 3:44 am


They actually stole from me!!!

OS 3.0 update forces you to reset your iPhone, which literally means delete everything from it, and when I restore from the backup it said it made, half my apps aren't there, and the Apple website says I need to buy them again!

Most ordacious of them, they say I should make regular backups! I USED THEIR UTILITY TO BACK IT UP AND IT DIDNT WORK PROPERLY.

I'm angry, they literally stole directly and unapologetically from me! I knew I should never trust the money grabbing bastards!

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