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If you’re like me, then you’ve spent a fitful night tossing and turning with anticipation, because today is the day that iPhone OS 3.0 officially arrives. Well, toss no more, iPhone OS 3.0 has arrived (iPod touch users go here). If I can manage to actually […]

If you’re like me, then you’ve spent a fitful night tossing and turning with anticipation, because today is the day that iPhone OS 3.0 officially arrives.

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Well, toss no more, iPhone OS 3.0 has arrived (iPod touch users go here). If I can manage to actually download it, since Apple’s servers are no doubt taking a severe beating, I’ll probably send a completely unnecessary MMS to my girlfriend and then go back to life as usual. Until I get my camping gear ready for the 3G S line-up Thursday night, anyway.

I realize that it’s cruel and unusual to bring up MMS when so many of you will have to go without, but for once, living in Canada has allowed me to be an early adopter of something, and I’m going to milk that for all it’s worth. Take solace in the fact that adding MMS to my Fido plan will cost me an extra $5 a month.

For a full breakdown of what else you get with your shiny new software, check out this post. Judging by the comments there, some people will only be updating begrudgingly, while simultaneously shaking their fists at Apple for leaving so many seemingly software-only upgrades exclusively to the iPhone 3G S, including video recording and voice control.

What has me really excited about iPhone OS 3.0 isn’t necessarily what has arrived today (although I really had trouble sleeping yesterday…warm milk was almost necessary), but what’s coming in the future from developers thanks to the new APIs available to them. Device support, push notifications, and in-app commerce all represent amazing potential for app makers, and I doubt even the exciting things we’ve already seen will scratch the surface of what’s to come.

You can grab the update from Apple’s servers via your iTunes interface any time now, but do me a favor and everyone hold off for at least a couple hours. I’ve got a pointless MMS I’m itching to send.

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  1. If i installed the 3.0 GM will there be at least a minor update to download today?

  2. Huh. Just downloaded the update, waited patiently for it to extract the data, install the phone, reboot it, update it, and then received an error, and instructions that I have to restore. I have a regular iPhone 3G bought from Apple, it isn’t jailbroken or unlocked or anything… Anyone else out there with a similar outcome?

    1. I am in the same exact situation… I tried to update software and now my iphone3g must be restored before it can be used with itunes…WTF I have mad shit on there.

    2. Skeptic,
      Had the same problem (downloaded the update, waited patiently for it to extract the data, install the phone, reboot it, update it, and then received an error, and instructions that I have to restore). The 3.0 update has crashed my phone and I can’t get it back. I wish i hadn’t started this process in the first place. Blargh.

    3. Yep…me too! Everyday I dread switching to the iPhone a little more!

    4. Same thing, got through the backup, then download, then got the error that it couldn’t install the update and I needed to restore. My phone is also not jailbroke, unlocked or any of those other things. Only thing I have done is load apps onto the phone. When I tried to restore, I couldn’t do that either. Not neither my computer or iTunes recognizes that my iPhone is connected. According to the various forums, have to put the phone into DFU mode. Followed about 8 different ways to do that, all of which fail. The ONLY thing I ever gt is the screen with the USB plug pointed to the iTunes icon. I have iTunes 8.2.xxx installed, if I run update, it says it is the latest. Removed, defragged my hard drive, rebooted, reinstalled iTunes, no joy on anything….

      I have a $500 brick. Good thing it is under warranty, bought it just before Apple annouced they were releasing the newest iPhone, so I guess I will just trade my phone in for a new one, though not the latest version.

    5. At least on Windows, if it stops recognizing the iPhone, reboot and it reinstalls the USB driver – that fixed it for me.

    6. All you guys need to update iTunes first to 8.2. Thats why. Also get any software update you need first prior to installing 3.0. It works perfectly.

      iPhone FIDO CANADA BABY

    7. Just downloaded 3.0 and got error message and picture of USB plug pointed to iTunes icon and comment to slide for emergency…unplugged USB port connection and immediately plugged back in and everything was fine and 3.0 was loaded on iPhone.

  3. So far the download is going pretty smoothly, seems like Apple servers are holding up ok…

    Now I’m just curious to see if the 3.0 jailbreak will allow for voice control etc…

  4. Actually, I believe AT&T has stated that MMS will not cost extra for iPhone users here in the States.

  5. Straight from the horse’s mouth: “Later this summer, as part of the 3.0 software, AT&T will make multimedia messaging (MMS) available at no extra cost to customers with a text messaging bundle.”

    (via http://www.att.com/Common/merger/files/pdf/iPhone/Customers_FAQs.pdf )

    1. Thanks Dan, article updated.

    2. Hi,
      I was wondering if anyone can help me. Yesterday I updated my iphone, went through the usual installed the newer itunes,BUT at the end of installing itunes it said there was an error and it could not be completed.

      Now the iphone wont work,it is in recovery mode and itunes wont recognise it. I have tried everything. The problem is when you go into computer management and services etc the iphone is not showing in there,there is no driver showing basically.

      The apple mobile device software is running but the driver is no where to be found on my computer. PLEASE help I have tried everything I know and I dont know what else I can do.

  6. Counting Down to iPhone 3.0 OS Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    [...] Om Malik | Wednesday, June 17, 2009 | 9:01 AM PT | 6 comments Update: The new OS is available for download, reports TheAppleBlog.  [...]

  7. Nice!! Thanks for the research and info guys!

  8. Are anybody with the 3.0 GM being able to get the update? For me all it says is that I’m up to date already. The GM build is 7A341. What the build number for the 3.0 release?

    Cheers.

  9. *** is anybody ***

  10. @Hobbes: According to John Gruber (of daringfireball.net) on Twitter, the final release is 7A341. There should be no need to upgrade.

    1. Thanks. I was suspecting that was the case, but was still hopeful to get a minor upgrade to the GM.

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