iPhone & iPod 3.0 firmware details released

Apple announced today the final version of the 3.0 firmware for the iPhone and iPod Touch with a full feature list, including some much anticipated additions over the 2.0 firmware including Cut, Copy, Paste and Undo support. Apple has also announced the the 3.0 firmware will be released on June 17, and be free for iPhone users and $9.95 for iPod Touch users.

There is also an improvement in the messages including landscape texting support, MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) for picture messaging to your friends and family. Apple also includes Tethering in the next firmware to connect to your laptop or PC on the go. Spotlight is another feature that enables you to search your entire iPhone for keywords, including applications.

List of carriers that support MMS:

(image courtesy of: gizmodo.com)

List of carriers that support Tethering:

(image courtesy of: gizmodo.com)

Some more highlights from the event include HTTP audio and video streaming. TV shows, music videos and audio books can all be streamed over the 3G network to your iPhone. Apple also included iTunes movie rental directly to your iPhone with parental controls, so parents are lock their child to only be able to watch G or PG films.

Apple also introduced 'Find my iPhone' which can locate your iPhone anywhere in the world using MobileMe. A message can be displayed on the iPhone with a custom message such as "Help, I have lost my owner, if found, please call (555) 123-4567. The iPhone also comes with a 'kill switch' which allows the user to destroy all the data on their iPhone remotely if not found, cleaning personal data off, which can be restored through the backup on iTunes later.

Some other announcements include auto-fill on forms fields for web sites, which can automatically fill in user data, such as name, address, telephone number and more. A long list of supported languages will also come when the 3.0 firmware launches. Push notifications and application accessories that plug into your iPhone or iPod device were also re-announced.

TomTom GPS was also announced to include it directly onto your iPhone for navigation. No more will consumers need multiple devices in their car, but a charge kit and their iPhone to navigate their home streets. Consumers can also purchase the car dock, with a recharger to mount in their vehicle to hold the iPhone.

TomTom mounting for vehicles:

(image courtesy of: gizmodo.com)

Apple also introduced zipcar, a neat application that shows you a map of available zipcar locations. The application also includes a horn and unlock feature, that actually activate your cars horn and unlocks your doors with a click of your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Zipcar unlocking feature:

(image courtesy of: gizmodo.com)

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If you buy the 3.0 update for the iPod touch will future updates for it be free? Or will I have to pay for future updates?

Wait WTF... no voice control for 3G users? that's just stupid... ****ing Apple seriously... I can care less about the compass or the autofocus, that's hardware, but come on, Voice control is a software piece... ****ing lame...

nevann said,
If you can care less then that implies that you care somewhat

really? how about making a comment on the issue and not being a smartass...

what the itouch users have to remember, its an iPhone OS 3.0 software update, so feel pleased that its available to touch users (even at a cost).

That's not true, the 3.0 OS is designed for both from the very start: for os x mobile, only that on the touch all the phone stuff won't work.

now to add my 2 cents:

This is a great piece of software for me: copy and paste make my touch an even better pda, the landscape keyboard is great & bluetooth audio is a godsend. I really think they should offer it for free, but since it adds features (such as bluetooth) they can't, so 10 bucks isn't the end of the world.

Pretty good features in the 3.0 update but nothing really pressing enough to update my 3G 2.x Jailbroken phone. I do not use any pirated applications on my phone nor plan to. Jailbreak is just for convenience to run other apps which are not certified by Apple. Also the new 3GS is pretty cool; However again not a major upgrade from the 3G, it is like a sport package addon for my convertible kinda thing; Good to have not need to have. I might upgrade when my contract is over though, certainly not at the outrageous pricing scheme AT&T wants to charge at the moment.

StevoFC said,
Slightly ironic that you can't spell the word "ridiculous" correctly...


What's ironic about making a mistake smartass?

Deihmos said,
What's ironic about making a mistake smartass?

Well if you had used an iPhone then the spellchecker would have solved that for you

English is retarded, ridiculous sounds like redickuless when you say it... and if Deihmos isnt a native speaker then he is excused... so stop waisting (see what I did there?) time trolling...

Ronnie Sunde said,
English is retarded, ridiculous sounds like redickuless when you say it... and if Deihmos isnt a native speaker then he is excused...

English has different accents. It does not have alternate spellings for the word ridiculous. Deal with it.

I always love people bash others spelling abilities instead of meeting the statement with an argument for or against.

I always love people bash others spelling abilities instead of meeting the statement with an argument for or against

Ok - I'll reply then. I guess Apple thought that copy / cut / paste wasn't a crucial feature and omitted it. But then they realised that their customers wanted it so they put it in. I personally doubt I'll use it much so I think Apple got it right - most casual users won't really need it, but if you're planning to edit documents on the phone or take lots of notes then you might want the feature.

I think it should have been in there from the start - but I can understand why they didn't bother to include it originally.

Ok..this blows...I have been waiting patiently for 3.0 to come out for the MMS feature, and ATT doesn't support MMS for the iPhone yet? They have MMS support in the their network...why not for the iPhone? Its one thing to be the exclusive seller of a product, but my god...be sure you can support the product fully!! Who in their right mind would purchase a product, that they cannot fully use due to limitations of the service?? I know...their 3G isn't the best in alot of areas..but at least the feature is there and it is available.

Well, it's slightly annoying that MMS is not working yet, but with a phone that has an unlimited data plan MMS is rather useless. Everything can be done via email. Any phone that can text can send or receive emails also.

Even though it still sucks that you can not use the full features of the new software. I've been anxiously waiting for the tethering feature and it's not supported ? Shame on you ATT.

ATT really dropped the ball... no mention of tethering support (which I doubt they'll ever do... not without a huge fee)... and MMS at a later date. ATT FTL

The new iPhone 3GS is craaaaap if no jailbreak is developed.. With no multitasking IM APPS are bull*$@$!!! Apple you dissapointed me a lot!

Jailbreaking gets more and more unnecessary. You're getting an App Store, you're getting the ability to record videos (before, people had to jailbreak), you can even develop your own applications if you want to, etc. etc.

Saying the iPhone is crap without jailbreak but is good with jailbreak, is pretty extreme.

Plus, I bet a million that it WILL be jailbroken and quickly, even if I'm not really for it. (in the end it doesn't really harm Apple that you jailbreak stuff, so I'm not against it either)

It's only $9.95... not really alot is it. I'm sure if you can afford to purchase the iPod Touch, you can afford a software upgrade for $9.95. Ok so it's the principles but there you go

emzino said,
It's only $9.95... not really alot is it. I'm sure if you can afford to purchase the iPod Touch, you can afford a software upgrade for $9.95. Ok so it's the principles but there you go

I totally agree with you, if anyone can afford to pay $300 dollars for an ipod. I don't think $9.95 is a big deal. Hey better than pay $20 or $30 for the upgrade.

cabron said,
I totally agree with you, if anyone can afford to pay $300 dollars for an ipod. I don't think $9.95 is a big deal. Hey better than pay $20 or $30 for the upgrade.

It's not the point, the fact iPhone users get it for free while Touch users have to pay, it's not right. Sure it's a trival amount but it's the principle :P

andrewbares said,
It's rediculous to charge for a software update. That just shouldn't be done.


Well it is actually not a update as a completely new version. You do get the .x updates for free. When you have a phone you are paying for the "service" and thus that is how Apple makes its money.

This is 10x better than Windows Mobile in that you have to buy a new phone with each OS upgrade. That sucks more!

wilbert said,
This is 10x better than Windows Mobile in that you have to buy a new phone with each OS upgrade. That sucks more!

That sucks man, not wonder why the iphone is the most popular

wilbert said,
This is 10x better than Windows Mobile in that you have to buy a new phone with each OS upgrade. That sucks more!

I would get your facts correct before you post. Some manufacturers have released FREE updates for Windows Mobile for their phones. Others while they don't release them seem to "unofficially support" newer versions on them - if you know what I mean.

wilbert said,
This is 10x better than Windows Mobile in that you have to buy a new phone with each OS upgrade. That sucks more!

Note that's not really MS' fault. It's the hardware environment: it's up to the hardware manufacturer's whether users get those updates.

Not a good situation, but you can't put them in the same boat as Apple who do all of it themselves. The Zune is a better comparison.

wilbert said,
Well it is actually not a update as a completely new version. You do get the .x updates for free. When you have a phone you are paying for the "service" and thus that is how Apple makes its money.

This is 10x better than Windows Mobile in that you have to buy a new phone with each OS upgrade. That sucks more!


I am gathering you never have owned a windows mobile smartphone. when 6.1 was launched most phone manufacturers offered it for free. Also when 6.5 is launched most carriers will launch that as a free upgrade to phone wich are capable of running it.

majortom1981 said,

I am gathering you never have owned a windows mobile smartphone. when 6.1 was launched most phone manufacturers offered it for free. Also when 6.5 is launched most carriers will launch that as a free upgrade to phone wich are capable of running it.


this argument is complete crap.... if you're that bothered about the OS update (touch users) then there must be something worth having...so pay for it...

andrewbares said,
It's rediculous to charge for a software update. That just shouldn't be done.

Yeah, like the $300+ that windows vista cost, or the $200+ that windows 7 will cost. Just for a software updates! That's ridiculous!

free for iPhone users and $9.95 for iPod Touch users that's a bit of a cheak... not happy about the charge for the firmware update when Apple should have got it right the first time around.

I've been a happy owner of an iPod Touch since it was first released last year and it kind of sux a little I have to pay for a firmware upgrade.

EVANK said,
free for iPhone users and $9.95 for iPod Touch users that's a bit of a cheak... not happy about the charge for the firmware update when Apple should have got it right the first time around.

I've been a happy owner of an iPod Touch since it was first released last year and it kind of sux a little I have to pay for a firmware upgrade.

Then don't upgrade, no one is forcing you to.

kraized said,

Then don't upgrade, no one is forcing you to.

This argument, quite frankly, is bull****. If it's free for iPhone users, it should be free for iPod Touch users as well.

Like kraized said, it's been covered and covered and covered... many times. Apple has no choice but to charge for iPod Touch users. Since you're having a contract with the iPhone they can let the update go live for free. Will you really die if you're not getting it, or if you're getting it for 10$?

PsykX said,
Like kraized said, it's been covered and covered and covered... many times. Apple has no choice but to charge for iPod Touch users. Since you're having a contract with the iPhone they can let the update go live for free. Will you really die if you're not getting it, or if you're getting it for 10$?

WTF...i don't have an ipod touch but even i think it's bull**** that Apple charges for a friggin software update!

Does Sony charge for psp/ps3 firmware updates? No.
Does Microsoft charge for xbox360/zune firmware updates? No.
Does google charge for android firmware updates? No.
Does nokia charge for their phone's firmware updates? No.

The 3.0 update includes many things that should've been on the iphone/ipod touch on day one. It's like paying to catch up with the rest of the world!

There are NO FEATURES for iPod Touch users in this firmware upgrade...I don't see why they would upgrade, let alone pay for it. That just doesn't make sense.

@V9 : Read about the Sarbanes-Oxley Act if you wish.
@excalpius : You're really misinformed. There will be features even for iPod touch. Go on Apple's site to know more. People who don't do their research and just troll around are a little bit annoying ^_^

PsykX...people who dodge the question with gross generalizations accomplish nothing here.

From Apple's site http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/softwareupdate.html

The ONLY touch features in 3.0 are...

Buy movies, etc. from the iTunes store - wow, I so want to PAY for that privilege.

Stereo Bluetooth - so, they now have stereo instead of mono support...ONLY if you have the second gen iPod Touch. MOST people, like myself, have the first gen.

Peer to Peer gaming - on an Apple...really? Gaming? So this will only really allow one to play the ap store game-lets IF designed for peer to peer...which I will have to pay for separately. Again, thanks for the privilege of being able to buy more stuff...ahem.

Landscape Keyboard, Spotlight Search, and Cut & Paste - Are you saying I should be CHARGED for beginner's 101 features Apple should have had since day one?!

And, well, that's IT! All of the other features of v3.0 don't work on the iPod Touch. All they get for their $10 is a couple of long overdue software features and the privilege of buying more things from, um, Apple.

I don't care what the legal issues are, I'm sure Apple's lawyers are more than competent to get away with getting what the company wants.

That being said this 10 dollar charge is absolutely disgusting. If you look at it pragmatically its basically the right to use your ipod touch with new software as the APIs have changed form 2.x to 3.x

You are being charged not for some of the, ostensibly, useless iphone-destine features of 3.0 but you are also being charged for access to the latest and within a couple weeks the ONLY App Store products.

I don't care about the price either, its just not the right thing to do.

@excalpius : You said no feature at all, I took it word for word. If you meant "no valuable feature", then it's your opinion, but mostly it's your choice to stay at version 2. Those who want these features will have to upgrade, and maybe some games and apps will require this firmware. $10 is not that much either.

When you bought your touch you paid a certain price, for those certain features. You were obviously happy with that balance as you own one. I'm just glad that Apple give the opportunity to upgrade and not force a new device on us.

The 1st gen iPhone has been through THREE major software revisions. Value for money I'd say

Gosh darn it, Why don't VW give me a free Golf every 3 years, like those guys on lease get... I'm going to moan about VW, since they won't give me a free upgrade to my car, like those people on lease get!

DomZ said,
The 1st gen iPhone has been through THREE major software revisions. Value for money I'd say

Um, I think you forget that the iPod Touch users have had to PAY for EACH of those software revisions.

Now they always get less features than the iPhone, but still, this one is just pathetic. All the iPod Touch "features" are either bug fixes/catch-up functionality or just new ways for Apple to charge money...ahem.

Tim Dawg said,
God I hate apple. Why do they need to charge iPod users $10? Greed!!!!

This has been covered many times. You don't have to upgrade.

Agreed with kraized. Apple doesn't have the choice to charge, just keep that in mind. If you were the CEO of Apple, you would also have to charge users. Period.

PsykX said,
Agreed with kraized. Apple doesn't have the choice to charge, just keep that in mind. If you were the CEO of Apple, you would also have to charge users. Period.

Apple are mandated to charge for their own software updates? That's new...

It's got to do with Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
I didn't read their whole 66 pages document, so I cant tell you more really, but since you buy the iPhone with a contract, you can still be covered for free with the updates. Otherwise, apparently you're not.

PsykX said,
It's got to do with Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
I didn't read their whole 66 pages document, so I cant tell you more really, but since you buy the iPhone with a contract, you can still be covered for free with the updates. Otherwise, apparently you're not.


Point me to the section of Sarbanes-Oxley that says a company can no longer choose to give things away free? Also, the contract for the iPhone is between the carrier and the user not Apple and the user. Unless you mean the EULA, but that also applies to iPod Touch users I'm sure.

I read laws very throughly and I don't remember Sarbanes-Oxley being anything more than a record keeping law for public companies.

It's because of the accounting requirements in the Sarbanes-Oxley act. Apparently the act will not permit you to add features to a product which you have already received payment for. Apple get around this with the iPhone because you're paying a subscription for the product and as part of a subscription you're permitted to receive new features as part of that subscription.

http://michaelmistretta.com/2008/why-apple...-touch-upgrade/

Good explanation of it there and also sits fairly on both sides of the fence, questioning whether they actually needed to charge as much as they did, etc the first time they did one of these paid for updates on the iPod Touch.

This really ****ed me off too. I paid for the last update thinking it was a once off issue but now to be hit with another charge.

Greedy *******

andrewbares said,
Pretty lame announcements. Pre is still miles ahead the iPhone.

The Pre's interface is good but everything else is a let down.

kraized said,
The Pre's interface is good but everything else is a let down.


lol, you are soo wrong. You can't even multitask on your iPhone, what a let down.

andrewbares said,
lol, you are soo wrong. You can't even multitask on your iPhone, what a let down.

LOL! Aww did someone get bought a Pre when they wanted an iPhone? Aww don't cry little one, your little phone is good too!

What's so interesting in multitasking on a cellphone to begin with?
The iPhone :
1. Starting apps = Almost instant for a lot of apps.
2. Can remember where you were when you closed the app (it does it in default apps, some devs also do it)
3. Push notifications
(4. You're not draining your battery)
I know it's not multitasking support, but it's more than halfway there IMO.

zoonyx said,
LOL! Aww did someone get bought a Pre when they wanted an iPhone? Aww don't cry little one, your little phone is good too!

I don't think he's crying, just realizes the iphone was cool about the first month it came out. Then the hype just died off.....

Someone in the office today has a Pre and I was able to use for a while. I noticed the software is very laggy. Pressing options takes 1-2 seconds sometimes for it to complete the task, plus the keyboard is not very good for large fingers with the small design. It is small however and looks good.

The first two comments of the first two articles I read are both from you andrewbares bashing the iPhone.

Unless you have a valid argument, give it a break son?

I don't think he's crying, just realizes the iphone was cool about the first month it came out. Then the hype just died off.....

Eh? Hype died off? They've sold nearly 18 million iPhones. I'd say that the hype is still there frankly if they've shifted that many units personally.

Unless you have a valid argument, give it a break son?

I've tried before so many times rounding on these trolls who just post up stupid flamebait comment with absolutely no attempt to explain their opinion but they just ignore you and move on to the next troll thread. I think it's because they're incapable of rational discussion.

Um, what features of this firmware upgrade are there for iPod Touch users? I can't see a single one they can use and yet they have to pay $10 for it?!

Shunik Jan said,
Sadly their 3G is still behind. Yesterday in a 5-bar area I only got dialup speeds of no more than 30KB/s

30KB/sec is far from dial up speeds. haha Slow, nonetheless.