Mike Becky

iPhone OS 3.1

Apple announced at their “It’s Only Rock and Roll” event that iPhone OS 3.1 is available immediately. It is free for all iPhone owners and for iPod touch owners who have already upgraded to 3.0. The update will cost $4.95 for all iPod touch owners who have not updated to 3.0.

  • The App Store now has a Genius tab that gives you application suggestions based on apps you already own.
  • Ringtones can now be purchased in iTunes for $1.29 each.
  • iTunes U content is now separated from the rest of your library.
  • Support for Genius Mixes.
  • “Save as New Clip” option added when trimming video.
  • You are now able to remotely lock your iPhone with a passcode using MobileMe.
  • VoiceControl now works with Bluetooth headsets.
  • Anti-phishing features have been added to Safari.

I’ve already downloaded and have spent a few hours with 3.1. It works very well and is worth the upgrade.

It’s interesting to note that the tethering hack didn’t work with the 3.1 betas but a quick search on Twitter shows that if you enabled tethering before upgrading to 3.1 the hack should still work. If you didn’t enable tethering and want to do so after upgrading to 3.1, you’re out of luck.

Apple Makes September 9 Event Official
8/7/09: Latest iPhone OS 3.1 Beta Contains Reference to ‘iProd1,1’
6/25/09: Enable Tethering and MMS Using MobileSafari

Update 9/12/09: Apparently some users have been questioning whether or not Safari’s new anti-phishing feature was actually working. But, The Loop talked to Apple and found out that the anti-phishing database is only downloaded while your device is charging. Apple spokesman, Bill Evans, told the Loop:

After updating to iPhone OS 3.1 the user should launch Safari, connect to a Wi-Fi network and charge their iPhone with the screen off. For most users this process should happen automatically when they charge their phone.

Update 9/12/09: iPhone OS 3.1 now enforces Exchange encryption policy, may block pre-3GS iPhones

Update 10/16/09: iPhone Tethering May be a 2010 Thing