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Apple iPhone OS 3.0 launches today, with anticipation increasing prior to the iPhone 3G S launch on Friday

Apple today released its anticipated iPhone OS 3.0 update prior to the launch of the iPhone 3G S on Friday, June 19, with numerous updates and improvements compared to the previous iPhone OS.

The Cupertino-based company last week confirmed the looming iPhone 3.0 software update during the Worldwide Developers Conference.

There are around 100 new features and updates in the iPhone 3.0 update, though the most notable has to be the ability to now cut, copy, and paste text directly in the phone, along with a horizontal landscape keyboard and Find My Phone feature designed to track down lost or stolen phones.  Apple also included turn-by-turn GPS directions, better search capabilities, additional parental controls, and a new Voice Memos app.

Users most anticipated the ability to quickly and easily cut, copy, and paste material from one application directly into another application.  Furthermore, the ability to rotate the iPhone into landscape mode -- offering a larger keyboard in Mail, Notes, Safari, and Messages -- has been a long time request by iPhone owners.

In addition to boosting the number of apps for iPhone owners, Apple also included 1,000 more programming tools that can be used by developers to create new apps.

Along with the noted iPhone OS 3.0 launch, AT&T also has opened up phone eligibility a bit more for current iPhone owners who want to upgrade to the 3G S.   New subscribers and "qualified" AT&T subscribers qualify for the $199 16GB iPhone or $299 32GB iPhone when it launches.

Apple received criticism from current iPhone 3G owners who were originally dismayed to learn they'd have to pay either $399/$499 or $599/$699 depending on the length of time left on their AT&T contract.  Many of them took to the internet to voice their concerns to Apple, noting it's not fair that they, as iPhone customers already, have to pay more for the phone upgrade.

IPhone owners who have owned their phones for at least 12 to 18 months and pay $100 minimum per month in fees can purchase the iPhone 3G S for $299 or $399 on Friday.  Furthermore, people who were told they'd have to wait until July, August or September to receive the price will be able to pick up a phone on Friday for the "new buyer price."

Both Gizmodo and Engadget have been able to sink their teeth into the iPhone 3G S, with both sites noting the phone is a quality product -- although editors for both sites indicate iPhone 3G owners might not need to upgrade, as the phones share a very similar user experience.

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Denied Update
By ezinner on 6/17/2009 4:07:20 PM , Rating: 5
"The iPhone cannot be updated at this time because the iPhone activation is temporarily unavailable"

I had the same proble when I tried to purchase the phone after waiting in line for 3 hours. I made it to the front of the line only to be told that I would have to come back later with a rain check because the activation server was down.

The update itself downloaded easily. Sorry ATT/Apple, but I shouldn't have to wait because you need to check my phone.

RE: Denied Update
By tonjohn on 6/17/2009 4:09:59 PM , Rating: 2
Same problem here :(

I'm a little frustrated with this...

RE: Denied Update
By tonjohn on 6/17/2009 6:23:46 PM , Rating: 2
Finally got it working!

My iPhone is now updated.

RE: Denied Update
By Sazar on 6/17/2009 11:45:21 PM , Rating: 2
Same, finally got it working a little while ago.

Unfortunately, I had it temporarily bricked and wasn't able to recover the backup so I have lost all data from it and had to restore/reactivate and all that jazz :(

Oh well, at least I have copy/paste, spotlight and landscape texting, finally :D

RE: Denied Update
By rs1 on 6/17/2009 4:22:21 PM , Rating: 5
Sorry ATT/Apple, but I shouldn't have to wait because you need to check my phone.

Well what did you expect from Apple/ATT? It's not like either of those companies has ever had their users' best interests in mind.

RE: Denied Update
By icanhascpu on 6/17/09, Rating: -1
RE: Denied Update
By xti on 6/17/09, Rating: -1
RE: Denied Update
By rs1 on 6/17/2009 4:50:57 PM , Rating: 5
You'd be right, except that the issue here isn't a bug or a design flaw or some random thing that happens to a few users here and there. Instead it is a result of a deliberate business decision that Apple or AT&T made that requires each phone to contact their servers before the update can be applied. That's different that a simple software bug or glitch. They could have easily avoided this issue by allowing anyone who has downloaded the update to install it on their device, but they instead chose to require an additional "phone home" step.

Bugs that slip in accidentally are easily forgiven. Those that crop up out of questionable (and likely exclusionary) business decisions are not.

RE: Denied Update
By xti on 6/17/09, Rating: -1
RE: Denied Update
By rs1 on 6/17/2009 4:42:37 PM , Rating: 4
If you go back and read his post, he already has the product ("the update itself downloaded easily"). The problem is he's being artificially blocked from actually using it because either AT&T or Apple decided that each device being updated needs to phone home before the update can be installed, probably for their own bookkeeping measures or similar thing, or maybe to ensure that people who unlocked their phones will be blocked from installing the update.

RE: Denied Update
By Sazar on 6/18/2009 1:30:44 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. And unfortunately by the time you were at that point in the process, your phone was already typically at point where it was unusable till the update was applied. At least mine was.

RE: Denied Update
By Doormat on 6/17/2009 4:35:17 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry ATT/Apple, but I shouldn't have to wait because you need to check my phone.

AT&T's servers are overloaded with activation requests. Why is this a surprise, it happened last year with the 2.0 upgrade. Some people learned last year to not upgrade immediately, and to wait for the demand to die down a bit...

I've had 3.0 since last week (yeah for being a developer) and its nice. Seems about the same as 2.2 with the new features. Landscape mail is probably my favorite feature so far.

RE: Denied Update
By artemicion on 6/17/09, Rating: -1
That is hilarious....
By CrazyBernie on 6/17/2009 9:53:31 PM , Rating: 2
Apple received criticism from current iPhone 3G owners who were originally dismayed to learn they'd have to pay either $399/$499 or $599/$699 depending on the length of time left on their AT&T contract. Many of them took to the internet to voice their concerns to Apple, noting it's not fair that they, as iPhone customers already, have to pay more for the phone upgrade.

Man, it's not fair that I have to pay full price for the 370Z when I just recently purchased a 350Z... what the hell, Nissan? I'm already a customer of yours, so clearly I should get half off my 370Z "upgrade." -_-

RE: That is hilarious....
By Connoisseur on 6/17/2009 11:40:13 PM , Rating: 2
Umm there's no USAGE fee on a vehicle. You only pay the price of the vehicle over time... If I spent $500 and ONLY $500 over the lifetime of the phone then you are correct... but there's a monthly fee to actually use it.

A slightly better (but not perfect) comparison would be if I wanted to trade in my 350Z towards the value of a 370Z and nissan wouldn't let you do it.

RE: That is hilarious....
By WW102 on 6/18/2009 12:24:43 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah but a car doesnt become "Outdated" as electronics and technology do. True, both the car and phone are usable to someone else after a year of use, but the car will hold a resaleable value easier than a phone that people can easily change and will have a usable life span of not much more than a year after that. Who keeps phones longer than 2 years anyway? Please dont answer those of you who are going to state oh I have had this one 8 years.. it still attached to the dash of my car... The majority of people go through phones as if they are a cheap disposable commodity.

Same old, same old
By KeithP on 6/17/2009 5:16:45 PM , Rating: 5
As near as I can tell, Apple has never launched an iPhone or iPhone OS update without problems with its servers.

Personally I don't understand the hurry. I plan on waiting a week or so to make sure there aren't any major problems before updating.

But don't listen to me. Please, everyone with an iPhone/iPod Touch upgrade immediately. That way the beta testing you are doing for me will be more thorough. ;)


Success iPhone 3.0 Update
By toobuku4u on 6/17/09, Rating: 0
RE: Success iPhone 3.0 Update
By dijuremo on 6/17/2009 7:13:35 PM , Rating: 2
After a fast and successful fimware update, I kept trying to reactivate mine over and over. It never finished, so I decided to unplug it from the PC and itunes and try later. After being left alone I turned it on 20 minutes later and it was somehow activated (very weird). However when I tried to sync my e-mail it gave me the

Cannot activate cellular data network...

error message. Tried reseting the network as suggested in other forums, tried re-flashing/restoring with backup which did not work either. Now I am doing a full reset/erase and waiting...

I am not sure if this is zeroing every single bit on the storage, but the program bar is moving extremely slow (been wating for almost 10 mins already)... so much for being on the bleeding edge...

RE: Success iPhone 3.0 Update
By dijuremo on 6/18/2009 8:28:00 AM , Rating: 2
yeah I know... replying to myself...

By simply going to the link below and installing the ATT Profile, I get Data connection and tethering , woohooo. I tested the tethering with a Windows 7 RC1 64 bit machine and it works.

My specific steps:
1. Enable Wifi (802.11b/g connection) on Phone
2. User the phone browser to visit the website
3. Select Mobileconfigs->U.S.A.->AT&T
4. Accept the profile installation even when it is not signed
5. Disconnect/Disable Wifi
6. Test Data Connection
7. Go to Settings->General-Network->Internet Tethering

the pricing makes sense!!!
By BillyBatson on 6/17/2009 7:23:38 PM , Rating: 1
I don't understand why people are upset about the pricing. If everyone got it for the 200/300 price then I would go to the store and renew my contract every day and pay 200/300 for the phone every day and go and sell them on craigslist.... every day...
They are losing money on the hardware so if you haven't had your phone long enough for att/apple to recoup their losses and start turning a profit then expect to pay more for an early upgrade. I was with Sprint for years who required 18 months for the full $150 off a new phone but I paid full price to upgrade every 6-9 months.

Another option to get the $200/300 price points if you are not eligible for an upgrade would be if apple asked you to turn in your current hardware, which they don't. I sold my 8gb 3G on Friday for $350. All of a sudden that $400 for my 16gb 3Gs doesn't sound so unreasonable....

RE: the pricing makes sense!!!
By DLeRium on 6/17/2009 9:50:14 PM , Rating: 1
I agree completely. People think that because Apple launches a new iPhone, they are entitled to receive upgrade pricing. Ok, when you buy a new laptop because Apple launched a new MacBook Pro, are you going to cry that you deserve a discount? I've seen 2 new MBPs since my MBP purchase exactly a year ago. I wished for the new ones each time, but why am I entitled to a discount?

People who want new iPhones should get over this completely. You and the rest of the dumb American consumers who buy phones from the AT&T store are completely spoiled by the fact that your carrier invests billions in subsidies to the phone manufacturers every year so you can have these lucrative deals. In turn AT&T and other carriers don't have as much money for infrastructure upgrades (hence the talk about OMG the iPhone is eating AT&T's network away). Because of this, you all feel that you deserve "free" phones or "cheap" phones. No, this is not how the world works. The phone, just like how it is around the world, should be paid for. If you want a new iPhone, pay the price, and sell your old iPhone. If you don't know how to use eBay or Craigslist, then this is exactly like buying a new car. You don't get a discount for a car upgrade, a computer upgrade, or whatever it is, but somehow you feel like you are entitled to an iPhone discount.

The rest of us who go and buy unlocked phones don't have this option either. At the rate Apple's releasing iPhones, if you keep signing on another 2 years, you'll be tied to AT&T for life. It's like life in prison without parole or something. AT&T's not going to make money at all if you keep getting cheap iPhones every year. Signing a contract with them only guarantees them so much money.

So seriously, I want a new Samsung Omnia HD. I'm going to fork out $600. So if you want a new iPhone, stop whining, and buy it. Too bad if you're already with AT&T. Lucky they caved and made the requirements more lenient, but seriously, you guys don't deserve special treatment for having an iPhone. And no, I'm not jealous. Otherwise I would've switched from Nokia to iPhone long ago.

RE: the pricing makes sense!!!
By iwod on 6/17/2009 9:57:54 PM , Rating: 2
You get sued if a Thief is injured during his mission stealing things at your house. Yes this is US.

I am sorry if this offend anyone.

Too much to hope for?
By Connoisseur on 6/17/2009 5:45:01 PM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing these discounts don't extend to business users? I checked with my IT guys and, even though they don't officially support it, they said they'd change my sim and activate my email account on the iphone. Too bad these things cost more than a reasonably configured laptop. If the 3GS sold at $299/$499 price point for 16 and 32GB respectively (without contract), i'd be all over it :(

Overall impressed with OS 3.0
By Brandon Hill on 6/17/2009 5:47:21 PM , Rating: 2
I've been running OS 3.0 on my iPod touch 2G for the past week and overall I'm VERY impressed with the new functionality -- especially copy & paste and Spotlight Search.

However, I STILL need to bitch about the I still don't understand why Apple doesn't give us a "Mark All Read/Unread" button or "Select All" button. I mean, how hard is that?

By Azsen on 6/17/2009 7:55:20 PM , Rating: 2
Could we please get it released worldwide tomorrow? I.e. especially available in countries like USA, Australia, Japan, UK, NZ and France.

By invidious on 6/17/2009 8:00:03 PM , Rating: 2
MMS support from AT&T coming in late summer.


By jay401 on 6/18/2009 7:07:36 AM , Rating: 2
Word is there are issues with it and WiFi on the touch, as well as it breaks a number of apps, especially games.

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