Tag Archive for ‘iPhone 3GS’

What’s Missing in iOS 5 on the iPhone 3GS ➝

So far, photo editing and Safari Reader appear to be the only missing features.

As a side note, if you upgrade your iPhone to iOS 5 and are unhappy with the stability (or, like me, you realize that your iPhone isn’t registered as a developer device anymore) you should be able to downgrade without any problems. At least on the 3GS, just boot into DFU mode, click restore in iTunes, and within 30 minutes your iPhone will be back to 4.3.3. No SHSH blobs, no iRecovery, just a simple DFU restore.

Update 6/10/11: Safari Reader is supported on the iPhone 3GS.

MMS Coming to the iPhone September 25 ➝

AT&T has confirmed that MMS will be coming to the iPhone 3G and 3GS on September 25.

We’ve been working for the past several months to prepare our systems and network to ensure the best possible experience with MMS when it launches – and that launch date is: September 25 for iPhone 3G and 3GS customers. MMS will be enabled through a software update on that day.

There’s still no word on tethering but the announcement goes on to talk about the massive increase in data usage on AT&T’s network since the launch of the iPhone (350% year-over-year). With how long it took AT&T to “prepare” for MMS, they don’t make me feel like tethering is coming any time soon.

7/11/09: Appmodo Still Claims $55 as Tethering Price
6/25/09: Enable Tethering and MMS Using MobileSafari
6/18/09: MMS Coming to iPhone in July, Tethering Will Cost $55

Update 9/6/09: YouTube – AT&T Network 101 & MMS Availability Update

Update 9/9/09: In another attempt to improve their network, AT&T has announced their rollout plans for 7.2Mbps 3G service.

Update 9/13/09: There have been several reports (MobileCrunch, HowardForums, and Mediaite) that AT&T has already began rolling out MMS to some iPhone users. For what it’s worth, I don’t have it yet and haven’t spoken with anyone who has.

Update 9/23/09: From AT&T’s Facebook page:

MMS Update: We know you’ve been eager for this service so we wanted to offer a quick update on the launch plans for MMS on Friday, Sept. 25. Late morning, Pacific Time, on Friday, the new carrier settings update enabling MMS should be live and ready to download through iTunes. We’ll provide the steps and all of the details you need right here at that time.

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

Update 11/14/09: AT&T on iPhone Tethering and Verizon Ads

8GB iPhone 3GS Likely Coming Soon ➝

Rogers' Sales Central, 8GB iPhone 3GS

As I predicted before WWDC, it is very possible that Apple will soon be replacing the 8GB iPhone 3G in favor of an 8GB iPhone 3GS. At least based on a recent findings by Gizmodo.

Rumors have been brewing for a while but Gizmodo was recently sent an image of “Sales Central,” Rogers’ internal website, depicting an 8GB iPhone 3GS.

The Rogers employee added this when sending the image:

I think that when 3G stock runs out they are going to build 99$ 3GSs since those are the parts they are ordering, might as well keep the parts list minimal…

A former Rogers employee also added the following:

Being a former Rogers employee I can say that this is enough evidence to say that 8GB 3GS is coming for sure. Sales Central is the interal website that all staff use and it’s never been wrong. Hardware actually pop up on the site all the time and they have all materialized. It used to be a natural hint when we see something we don’t recognize on it and know that it is new hardware that will be shipping soon.

Not only did selling the iPhone 3G for $99 help Apple clear out old supply but it also helped get the device into the hands of even more consumers. Updating the $99 offering to the iPhone 3GS shows that Apple wants everyone to upgrade to the latest hardware, not just because they want to sell more units but because they want everyone on the same page in regards to hardware capabilities.

Update 8/13/09: The Boy Genius Report claims to have been in contact with “several Rogers dealers who have confirmed references to an 8GB 3GS coming and going from the system quite often in the past week.”

iPhone 3.0.1 ➝

iPhone Firmware 3.0.1

Apple today released firmware 3.0.1 for the iPhone. This update doesn’t appear to do anything other than fix the recently found SMS vulnerability. Apple has posted a support article regarding this security update.

And, for those of you interested, reports on Twitter are that it doesn’t break the tethering hack. So, unless you are jailbroken, feel free to hit “Check for Update” in iTunes.

On iPhone 3GS Battery Complaints ➝

But clearly, if so many customers are complaining, there must be a problem with some iPhone 3GS batteries. Our testing leads us to suspect their units are defective. If iPhone 3GS owners are experiencing surprisingly meager battery life, they should schedule an appointment at an Apple Store Genius Bar to request an exchange.

I’ve heard a lot of people complain about battery life issues but I haven’t seen them first hand. The battery life on my and my girlfriend’s iPhone 3GS is perfectly fine. I would say mine is at least 30% better than the first generation iPhone I had previously been using and I know for certain that I use the 3GS more often than I did the older model.

I agree with Wired, if you are having battery life that is gone after less than 5 hours of use (check your usage in Settings, General, Usage) than you should have your device looked at or request an exchange.

Update 7/10/09: After spending some more time thinking about the problem I’ve remembered that my first generation iPhone did experience shorter battery life after upgrading to firmware 3.0. Based on this it is clear that 3.0 is one of those releases that adds features but unfortunately, also decreases battery life. But, I’m sure Apple is readying a firmware update that will address some of these battery issues.

White iPhone 3GS Overheats and Turns Brown ➝

Browned iPhone 3GS

I spent the week or so leading up to the launch of the iPhone 3GS trying to convince my girlfriend to get a white model. I was going to get the black one (the black model suites me much better) and I wanted an easy way for us to tell each others apart. I failed, and we ended up both getting black models. But, luckily hitting the home or lock button to check the wallpaper isn’t to difficult, and in a few days she’ll be getting a Gelaskin in the mail.

But, now that the dust has settled I am quite happy that she didn’t get the white version, not because I prefer the look of the black model but because of this report on Nowhere Else (Google translated) of the white version overheating and discoloration occurring on the back.

Apple has had similar problems in the past, everyone who follows this sort of thing remembers all of the discoloration issues with the white MacBook, I experienced it, and practically every other white MacBook owner did as well.

It’s difficult to say how widespread this discoloration issue is with the iPhone, I haven’t seen any other reports about it. But, at this point I don’t know why anyone would take the chance and buy the white model.

Update 7/4/09: According to Engadget it turns out the cause of this browning on white iPhones may have to do with leaving it in a hot car.

Update 7/5/09: frenchiPhone (Google Translated) is claiming that the discoloration of white iPhone 3GSs may be caused by some third party cases. The solution is to clean the back with alcohol. I haven’t found anyone talking about what cases actually cause this problem but it is nice to know that if you do experience it the fix isn’t too difficult.

Enable Tethering and MMS Using MobileSafari

It turns out that the iPhone is capable of installing network profiles from MobileSafari. Since all of the recent tethering hacks have used a modified network profile to enable tethering, BenM.at has created a pretty easy to use page to enable this feature, and supports practically every iPhone provider out there.

The process is very simple, go to http://help.benm.at/help.php, scroll down to Tethering & Internet Settings, tap on the Mobileconfigs download link, choose your country and then your provider. The network profile installer will launch and allow you to update your iPhone settings which will enable tethering.

To enable tethering just go to Settings, General, Network, tethering should now be an option.

I currently have a first generation iPhone, and since it doesn’t support tethering or MMS I wasn’t able to try this myself. But, Jason Chen of Gizmodo says that they have been testing it for about a day and it has worked fine for them.

I haven’t dug very deep into the MMS enabling features, since they are currently beta and the method to install it is a little complicated. I really wouldn’t advise anyone to enable MMS until they make things a little bit easier.

Gizmodo – Enable Tethering On Your iPhone 3G and 3GS With Only Safari MMS, VV Fix – Iphone tethering.

Update 6/25/09: I dropped by an AT&T store yesterday and installed tethering on one of their demo devices. I wasn’t able to test tethering but I can say that everything else on the phone worked just fine after installing the network profile.

Update 7/14/09: There are some reports that downloading the mobileconfig files (as explained above) still works (@andrewe) with iPhone firmware 3.1 beta 2 but there are also some reports that the IPCC tethering trick no longer works. I can’t confirm whether or not either one of them work because I don’t have access to the beta firmware.

Update 7/31/09: Firmware update 3.0.1 hasn’t broken this tethering hack. We already know that 3.1 will, so 3.0.1 might be the last firmware that will allow you to easily enable free tethering.

Update 8/3/09: According to iPhone Alley firmware 3.1 beta has already enabled MMS, so it is likely that MMS will be enabled for all iPhone 3G and 3GS users with the final 3.1 update.

‘iPhone 3G S’ Could Become iPhone ‘3GS’ ➝

Rob Pegoraro of the Washington Post quotes Greg Jozwiak as saying “we just feel it looks better with the 3GS all together.”

Currently the iPhone 3G S’s product page still uses the space but recently the PR section on Apple’s website has been displaying the name as iPhone 3GS (no spaces).

I have to admit that although it may be easier to search for and not dealing with ugly line wrap issues would seem to make “3GS” more favorable, I personally like the “3G S” spelling better. I think the space keeps it from looking too clunky, it keeps it a little more elegant.

For many I’m sure it doesn’t make much of a difference but for journalists and bloggers who like to pay attention to how products are specifically spelled in regular text (not logos) this is a big deal. And seriously, who really wants to have to go through and change ever instance of “3G S” to “3GS” on their website?

Update 6/24/09: Although I still would rather see the “3G S” spelling, Apple has officially changed the spelling to “3GS” on the product page, and as a result I have changed every instance of “3G S” on this website to “3GS,” except for this article, of course.