iPhone OS 3.0 Initial Impressions

I’ve updated to iPhone OS 3.0 build 7a341, which is said to be Final/Gold Master and these are my initial impressions in short form.

Installation

  • Performed full backup and sync in iTunes 8.2 before restoring 3.0 new firmware
  • Update process is very smooth and doesn’t take too long

Springboard

  • Some first-party icons have been refreshed. Messages, iPod, Phone now have a slight diagonal stripe pattern in the background.
  • New Voice Memos App

Spotlight

  • Search is the left of the Home screen as expected
  • Works well, launching apps as necessary
  • Once in Spotlight, ways to exit out is swipe back or press home key

General

  • OMG COPY PASTE!!!!!
  • Works exactly as demo’d. I can die in peace now
  • Spy glass to set cursor appears to be larger now. A welcome change
  • Horizontal keyboards everywhere… well, almost. Third party apps (i.e. Facebook) haven’t implemented it

Phone

  • Recents lists now shows which number was called (i.e. mobile, work) or location (i.e. IL, USA)
  • Additionally, outbound calls have a small icon to distinguish them from inbound
  • Viewing recent call details shows more information including timestamp and length
  • Number Keypad looks updated, though I can’t specifically detail what changed
  • Visual Voicemail shows which number (i.e. work, mobile)

iPod

  • App requires the library be “updated”. Didn’t take very long
  • Nothing new here except search at the top of the index, as with many apps

Messages

  • Vertical keyboard keys looks slightly smaller to accommodate more space between them
  • Rotating to landscape keyboard works well. Very nice to have bigger keys!
  • No MMS on AT&T, as expected

Camera

  • Icon to view Camera Roll is initially blank
  • After taking a picture, it will always show the last picture taken
  • Camera seems more choppy than before

Settings

  • “General?Home?Double-click the Home button for:?Search” is new
  • “General?Home?Search Results” is new: to configure which items are indexed
  • “Safari?AutoFill” is new. Must manually turn on to auto-fill forms and remembers logins

Safari

  • Browser seems a bit more responsive, especially when accessing search or URL fields
  • Typing seems quicker, less laggy

Calendar

  • Availability setting now present (Busy, Free, Tentative, Out of office)

Stocks

  • Hold Stocks app horizontal for larger stock chart
  • Can scroll through new charts “around the world”. i.e. last wraps to first and vice versa

Mail

  • Touch & Hold a URL to copy it

I’m still trying to pin down exactly how it works, but I noticed that when using the ESPN ScoreCenter app, I can select entire blocks of text to copy. More later.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>