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.


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.


    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

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  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?


  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.

  11. did the download, BUT iphone keeps trying to access iTunes after the install… and it is failing! My phone is currently useless. only allowing me emergency calls… now what?

    1. Dominic O’Rourke Kevin Wednesday, June 17, 2009

      I have the same issue – I’m getting a ‘cannot access iTunes store’ unknown error -4 .

    2. Same here kevin. After upgrade, i get the “we could not complete your iTunes Store request. The network connection timed out….”

    3. ACH! help! this just happened to me. What did you guys do to fix this? thanks…

  12. Naren Bharatwaj Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    I have an ipod touch and i am from India. If i click on the download link for the software update, it says the update is not available on the Indian store. I wonder if i will ever be able to upgrade to the 3.0 version. Any suggestions????

    1. My advice is to give it a try tomorrow. The update can lag some hours behind on the international iTunes stores, and it’s not unusual for brand-new items to appear in the iTunes store listings but come up with the “not in this country” message for a short time. (It’s even happened to me in the US.) I wouldn’t panic—Apple’s not going to leave India stuck with an older release.

    2. I am getting the same message for the last 5 hours. Apple will let the US customers download today, then will allow us to download on the 18th. I have an American account too, but guess that will be unethical/illegal, hence I will wait.

    3. The Itunes stores message wiped out my big fat grin when it said the update is not currently available for Indian shores. This is the only reason I wanna live in the US – for apple!!!

  13. Tethering available with fido on 19th, MMS not working told to wait for text from server to enable. Could be several days according to Fido. no extra cost if on a plan larger than 1gb.

    1. August is when MMS will be avail for 3G.

  14. ToiletCrusher Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    Activation server is down. Once again., apple has it’s activation server crash during update. This is the 3rd time. Really? Most people are still at work. How could apple not see this coming after the first 2 times.

  15. I did the download and it went smoothly but I lost all my apps. Even the ones that were 3.0 ready. And some of these had texting I had saved that was very important to me. I was hoping the copy and paste feature would allow me to save on my computer. I tried re downloading a few and I cant access the iTunes store and now the iPhone when i went to reboot says cant because in recovery mode. I NEVER put in recovery mode and now I will probably lose all the data I hadnt lost before that I was saving. Any suggestions as my iPhone still is locked on and wont allow me to shut it off. I am in tears. I thought Apple cleared things before release to the public. I feel like I am back in pc world. HELP!!!!

    1. First, just to be as safe as possible, you should go make a copy of the backup folder for your phone, which is in your Home folder, then ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync.

      Then, unplug your iPhone and plug it in again, and hopefully iTunes will proceed with the upgrade from there. If that doesn’t work, use the Restore button in iTunes to wipe the device and reinstall the OS. After it does that, iTunes should prompt you to restore your data from one of its backups — pick one from before your applications disappeared. If you get the message that you cannot complete the restore because the iTunes activation server is unavailable, just retry. (It might take a number of tries — if you can, maybe retry in a few hours or even tomorrow.)

      Don’t panic, though: iTunes does make backups of your phone, and it keeps them for some time (I’m not sure how long, but several days at least). Your data is not gone, even if the activation server flakiness means it will be a larger-than-usual challenge to get it restored.

    2. Oh, one more thing — if you currently have the iPhone plugged in through a USB hub, you may want to try plugging in directly to the computer. Occasionally, problems with iTunes communicating with iPhones in recovery mode (which the iPhone automatically goes into during a software update) are resolved by removing the USB hub.

    3. I also had this happen for me. It’s really very hard to deal with this. I had a lot of stuff in some of those apps that are now just not there any more.

      I’m concerned in that it doesn’t seem to give options of restore points when I restored it to upgrade to 3.0 just a while ago. How do you force it to restore to when you still had the applications? Is there any way to restore to what was there before upgrading to 3.0??

      It seems to me like part of the upgrade would include a total snap-shot of the iPhone in a working state at 2.2.1 or whatever it was. Please, let there be a light at the end of this tunnel. I have plugged it in again and asked to Restore. Now the iPhone says there’s a Sync in Progress and iTunes seems busy/locked.

      I guess I’ll wait to see what happens next. I feel like there’s not much to lose now. At least I have all of my photos from it.

      BTW, the photos restored and the emails and contacts all restored. I think the calendar is also ok, tho I didn’t check. What’s gone are the Apps. It gives me all of the home pages that I had, but lots of empty spaces between all of the sparsely populated native iPhone apps.

      If anyone can help with this I will appreciate it very much.


    4. I installed my upgrade today too and thought I had lost all my apps, I checked my Itunes and they were all there and I couldn’t figure it out, until….later I turned my phone on and just by accident flipped over one more page and there they all were! I had to move them all back to the second page were they were before, but I guess since a new app was added with the upgrade it moved everything over, hense, I thought I lost them. I hope this helps you – Shana PS Just hold down the top button and the round button at the same time until the apple logo appears in white, and the phone will restart.

    5. Here is one solution. Settings…general…reset…reset home screen layout. My apps are back!

    6. Here is one solution: go to Settings…General…Reset…Reset Home Screen Layout (then hit Reset Home Screen). My apps show up after doing this.

  16. I’m sure I’m not the only one, but I did get the update to download, but its still saying the activation server is down. I waited this long so I guess it wouldn’t hurt to wait alittle longer. :-P

  17. i’ve tried to download it twice and got the same error message about connecting to the server too. booooo! but now looking at some of the other issues people are having after downloading – maybe it’s a good thing i can’t download it. wtf?…

  18. I have downloaded the 3.0 firmware for a 1st gen iphone. The install seemed to be going great. However, now it has been 3 hours waiting for it to finish. My phone is showing the apple and the loading bar filled up. In my iTunes, all it’s saying is “Verifying updated iPhone software…” Anyone else getting this? My iTunes has not crashed and is still running smoothly along with my computer. But I am not able to do anything and I’m starting to get frustrated with having to wait 3 hours to be able to use my phone. Any suggestions? Ideas? Feedback?

  19. shew! after 2 hours of waiting and trying, iphone has been verified and i am up and running. i guess being patient is the name of the game. In iTunes, i clicked on store and my iphone to keep “refreshing” .. it went through.

  20. how can i downgrade from OS 3.0 beta 5 to 2.2.1 because the 3.0 GM just came out an it keeps telling me am up to date when am still in beta 5 plzz help me

    1. Not very sure, but probably, you can’t downgrade from beta to 2.2.1. You can only go to 3.0 final now! I think, I read this somewhere.

  21. how can i downgrade from OS 3.0 beta 5 to 2.2.1 because the 3.0 GM just came out an it keeps telling me am up to date when am still in beta 5 plzz help me.

  22. I’ve got this note: The item you’ve requested is not currently avalaible in Hungarian Store…any suggestion?

    1. I get the same message for Indian store. Guess I will have to wait. After all, America has the biggest customer base and the most loyal one too!

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  24. been w8ing for 2 hours same msg… cannot be updated because activation server is unavailable

    1. Is it legal though? I already have a US account that I’d created when I was in nyc. Can I use that a/c to purchase the upgrade. Because the Terms and Conditions explicitly state that I shouldn’t purchase updates for US from outside of US.

  25. iPhone OS 3.0 Update Available Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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  26. I’m hoping for an app that replicates a function my old iPod had — the ability to play a playlist as an alarm.

  27. I just updated to 3.0 for my iphone 3g, however i can’t update my applications and can’t download any app from app store, any one has similar problem?

    1. The flakiness of the activation server affects App Store purchases as well. Retry, perhaps a few times, and it should work; or wait until the demand has lessened a little. I downloaded one app today (OmniFocus update) and it took two or three retries, then completed just fine.

  28. I’m finding the backup iTunes does before installing the new firmware is taking forever.
    I read that facebook and appsniper greatly lengthen the backup times and tried taking them off temporarily. It made a bit of a difference, but the backup is still crawling. It looks to be taking about 2-3 hrs just to backup.

    1. This is almost always a bad USB hub or cable. If you’re going through a hub, cancel the backup and plug the iPhone directly into the computer. If you’re not going through a hub and you have a second cable, try the second cable. Even “long” backups should be in the neighborhood of 10-15 minutes, not hours.

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  30. Ahhh, reading all yous guys woes makes me smile. Here is AUS upgrade went smoothly at 7AM and instantly received an MMS from Telstra :-)

    I am having the app update issues though, guess that’s not so bad given the potential issues that could have been.

    Gotta love the OS 3.0 …..

    1. Yea, OS 3.0 is actually looking very nice with only a first look. It really fixed the latency issues I was suffering searching Contacts after TopFloor synced all 11,000 of my work contacts from Highrise!!! lol Now it doesn’t matter as it searches differently and is much faster.

      The challenge now is to find out if I am able to get the Apps back.

  31. me again…. app store has finally caught up and now all my applications are updating! pure Gold!

  32. how do i cut and paste under 3.0

  33. I couldn’t wait to download the update and all seemed to be going well. But for the past hour or two, my iphone shows a picture of the itunes symbol, with a picture of the connection cable below it. At the bottom, it says to “slide for emergency calls”. I even tried sliding it, and it just gives me a keypad for calls and an arrow to go back. Is anyone else running into this. My computer says that the drivers and downloaded and ready, but I’m now at a standstill and getting frustrated.

    1. what did you do? I have this exact problem right now…
      how to fix? thanks.

  34. I’m having trouble while downloading the update. itunes keeps telling me there is an -3256 error. I did what’s on the support page, but it didn’t work. Can somebody help me?

  35. Once you begin your update you are not to touch ANYTHING until the update is finished. You will receive a message when all is finished. Maybe you can Unplug the iphone and try again

    Perhaps you may want to Reset the default and try again…. but you may loose your data ( i only have an iPod Touch so i don’t know what might go awry with a reset) I have reset my iPod Touch on a number of occasions without any loses.

  36. When I attempt to upgrade or download an app, I’m told to accept the new iTunes terms & conditions agreement. I do this,however, nothing happens. Over and over again I am prompted to do this, but same runaround.

    1. I wonder if it is actually doing nothing. I have just waited and my second attempt at restoring has taken upwards of 3 hours.

      I’m on 1500kbps ADSL, so not fast, but not the reason for it taking so long either. I am now nearly done and will see if it has applications this time…..

      It’s rebooted…

      Not a one. Nothing but the native iPhone apps. What can I say. I feel really bummed about this. There’s so much missing.

      Why is this so hard?

      What else can be done to make this work? This is my second attempt and it looks like I have to re-install all 3rd party apps. The phone call, sms and Calendar data are all there from before. The contacts are all there. Emails are there again. Not sure if that’s downloading again. Notes are there. Photos are back. Just 5 pages of empty home screens where all of those cool applications were, and all of their data…

      It’s feels like after a house fire a bit. I feel thankful for what is there. That’s for sure. The contacts and calendar and all that are really wonderful.

      Last time I upgraded the OS I lost the Apps AND photos. That was really sad. Now I know how to back them up properly, so have the photos ok. If it’s any consolation to the others saying it tries to make you pay for the applications again I have found that it won’t charge you again if you have bought it in the past. Must be from your same iTunes account, but if that’s the same then it acts like it’s going to charge and then it doesn’t.

      Good luck everyone. This blows. Lucky that the new OS is quite nice. Still no video with sound like the cheapest phones around now. It’s funny what the iPhone doesn’t have. I’ve heard that if you get the new 3rd generation iPhone you can have movies??? Is that right?

      Enough writing. I have a fair bit of work to do to get the main applications that I normally use back on here.

    2. @Mark: Have you installed applications on your iPhone that never made it into your iTunes library, on your computer; or deleted them from your computer but not from your phone? The applications are re-synchronized from your iTunes library after the phone is updated, so if they’re not in iTunes on your Mac or PC, they won’t automatically re-sync. You can still reinstall them by going to the iTunes Store, telling it to “buy” them again, at which point instead of the normal “Are you sure you want to buy this?” prompt you’ll get a “You have bought this already, do you want to download it again?” prompt. Your application data is included in the backups, so after you reinstall third-party applications, the data will just be there.

  37. this was the issue I had when I first updated. In the end I connected to iTunes and accepted thru there. I believe it may be a server lag issue though. keep trying, It’ll work sooner or later :-) ‘copied and pasted from Notes……cause I can’ :-)

  38. Thank you.

    Yes. The app to be updated just displays “waiting” then goes right into the Terms and Conditions again. Frustrating!

  39. Tried updating, needed to restore my iPhone, eventually managed to do the restore, from backup made about 10 minutes before teh update, but it restored NO apps! When I check in iTunes, not all my apps are in the applications section. What ‘s going on!! Tried downloading an app I’ve previoiusly paid for on app store, it tried charging me again!

    1. It won’t charge you again if you have previously downloaded the same app on the same account. My first thought is that some apps have confusing multiple versions — for example, Simplify Media released a 2.0 version that you have to pay for, while leaving the 1.0 version on the store; and there are endless variations on the Lite vs. Pro releases. Maybe you had one version before, and tried to download a related application?

      Your application data is restored as part of the backup, so your data will be there when you get the app reinstalled.

    2. I mentioned this below to another commentor, but it may help you as well — if you go to the iTunes Store, and click on your e-mail address in the upper right corner, you will be taken to your account information page. Select Purchase History, and you can see all your past orders and re-assemble your list of applications, so that you can download them again.

  40. I want to update the software on my iPhone to the 3.0 OS. Problem is…they block the Appstore at the office and my 3G connection at home has a 512 MByte connection. Where can I donwload this from, apart from the Appstore through iTunes?

  41. Does Apple have a download site apart from through iTunes where I can Donload OS3.0 for iPhone?

  42. I’ve noticed that the my iPhone (1st Gen) gets quite hot at the back -and it takes longer to recharge! -anyone else getting this?

    1. This may be caused by Spotlight doing an initial indexing of your data. I’m curious if you see it go back to normal after a while.

  43. BTW, if you haven’t noticed, you can sync Gmail Contacts AND Google Calendar now! Check this out:


    That’s getting me out of Windows almost entirely now. I’m running Linux Mint 6 (Ubuntu variant) with XP Pro running in a VirtualBox. I only need to run it for a few things now. Cool.

  44. I don’t know if this is related to the new 3.0 software, but I haven’t been able to connect to 3G. I just noticed it. Anyone else having this issue. Also after rebooting it takes a minute before it even connect to the edge network.

  45. liberalaccidental Thursday, June 18, 2009

    I updated to 3.0 yesterday, received lots of problems.

    First Iphone froze, I reset several times until it worked.

    Then apps stopped working. I removed and reinstalled one of the apps and then all apps started working again

    Now, I cannot sync. I connect my IPhone and iTunes does not recognize it, it keeps telling me that it cannot identify it. I reinstalled iTunes and the iPhone drivers as well. I don’t know what’s going on and don’t know how am I going to fix this if I am not able to sync with my PC. Please help!!!!

    1. I am having this same problem. Would love some solutions!

  46. I’ve got really great news!!!

    I don’t know if this will hold true for all of the Apps, but looks like it might! If you have a lot of Apps you’ll likely not recall all of them, but you can open up your account in iTunes on your computer while you search for and “buy”/get for free all of the Apps that you had. It first asks if you want to buy it and you say “Yes”, but then it pulls up a window saying that you have already purchased it (even if it was free it still says this) and asks if you want to download it again.


    I installed Headspace again and when I opened it my old data was there!!!

    So maybe this is the drill? The data for the Apps looks to be backed up, just not the Apps themselves.

    Did it say this anywhere? I would have liked to have known what to expect with this. What a great relief!

    I have now gone through re-installation of all of the Apps that I had and they did in fact have all of the data waiting for them in the iPhone’s member?

    1. memory that is…

    2. You are correct, the data for apps is part of the backup, but not the apps themselves. However, the apps should all be in the iTunes library on your computer, and will re-synchronize from there after the data is restored. If an application is showing up in your iTunes library on your computer, but not on your phone, look at the Applications tab in the sync settings in iTunes. There are two options, sync all apps and sync selected apps — or it’s possible, I suppose, that Sync Applications got unchecked completely; if that happened then all the apps on the phone would stay there, but new ones bought on the phone wouldn’t transfer to iTunes and vice versa.

      Also, if you go to the iTunes Store, and click on your e-mail address in the upper right corner, you will be taken to your account information page. Select Purchase History, and you can see all your past orders and re-assemble your list of applications, so that you can download them again.

  47. I can see my apps in the itunes folder of my phone, but they won’t download, including one that i just downloaded three times. i have the new 3.0, which seems to be finally working okay. Yesterday, I had many of the issues described above, but then, out of the blue, they resolved themselves.
    Thanks for help on downloading my apps.
    Oh, and is there a setting where I can increase the font of browser, which is miniscule? I’m only middle aged, yet have a hard time reading some sites.
    Thanks, again.

  48. IPhone 4.0 coming after summer with Steve Jobs.

    1)Flash player support
    2)Quick back option without going to home screen while switching between apps.
    3)File browsing and storing
    4)Option to attach images, file etc from email app itself.
    5)Multiple signature options
    6)Manual rotate gesture option
    7)Notes app should be more powerful word process (fonts, text size etc)
    8)All Grouping of contacts for test message e.g. friend and family groups.
    9)App for grouping key social networking sites(for posting universal photos, text to all social networking sites together.
    10) Auto spell check in safari browser (like mozilla) when adding text in twitter, facebook leaving comments at blog etc.
    11)Build in Flash in camera for night photo shot
    12) Front facing camera for video Chat
    13) Use cover flow for using multitasking third party apps (limit to 5 apps, not to drain the battery life)
    14)Thin quick time player app to run video downloaded from web.
    15)Group notification alert or not attended tasks(missed MMS, SMS, PHONE, Chat message, meeting, event etc)on single screen.

    Roger Kent

  49. Mr kent … what is your source for these “allegations” … esp #1 ;-)

  50. Downloaded 3.0 today. All apps and information are great. Phone no longers keeps consistent connection to cellular network. Tried resetting network connections and resetting phone. Not in “emergency” call mode, but still won’t let me make calls without drops and static. Ideas?

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  52. i have the iphone 1st generation and i installed the 3.0 update now my phone wont charge. Does anyone else have that problem?

  53. It seems like I am not the only one with version 3.0 problems.
    tried to install it yesterday but my phone crashed and went to recovery mode, was not even able to restore my phone. Had to go to an apple store in the end to get it fixed, quite annoying to spend my day off sorting out this problem. Worst of all though the backup that I did just before the upgrade (or attemted upgrade) was not there anymore. Have lost alot of photoes, contacts and calender inputs.

    Not impressed so far

  54. I’m very angry at the moment. I’ve tried twice to upgrade to 3.0 and my iphone has stopped responding on the verifying software for the second time. being in the middle of nowhere there is not an apple store around and had it replaced once already. The local att dealer cant fix crap. The worst part is they are out of iphones now. Come on apple, way to go this is my first apple product and you have managed to tick me off in only one week into the experience.

  55. Guys for all of you that couldnt complete the download in itunes,try someone elses computer. My iphone was being updated,but when itunes downloaded I got an error saying it couldnt be completed and the iphone went into recovery mode.

    I put itunes on my brothers laptop and completed the upgrade from there, then I went on to my own comp and restored it to the last back up I had made, everything is working fine now, and all on the new 3.0. Hope this helps.

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  58. I thought I had lost all my apps (bar one) then I realised that they had just been shunted sideways and there was an extra page added in… worth double checking before you go uninstalling / reinstalling etc… :)

  59. I have downloaded 3.0 and now I can not access any of my 3rd party apps (facebook, etc). HELP!!!!

  60. I bought the software for Ipod touch but my computer crashed halfway through the instalation..so it wasnt properly installed but i think i got charged anyway! any help on how to get it without having to buy it AGAIN?

  61. Have the iphone 3G, second to newest iphone. I downloaded the newest software, everything went fine. I got the voice notes, iphone search engine, copy paste, everything but it doesnt allow me to attach pictures or videos in my texts (doenst even give me an option) and theres no icon for videotaping. Help!

  62. i hope somebody can help me:

    2 weeks ago, my friend jailbroke my iphone and i was able to download free apps from app.ulo.us but after a week, i accidentally uploaded my iphone software to 3.0. Now my iphone is back to its settings when i first bought it. that is fine but the problem is, i cant put new applications anymore. neither applications from app.ulo.us nor apps from the itunes store. help!

  63. I’ve tried EVERY SINGLE DAY since OS 3.0 came out to download the 230 mb update through iTunes. The most I’ve gotten so far is about 80mb, and I get a Network Timed Out, or other network error. I have no problem with other types of large downloads(even larger), this seems to be isolated to iTunes. I have 8.2 iTunes. Ive tried two different broadband connections, one Wired and one Wireless and I can’t get the download to complete. What’s worse is iTunes won’t keep the unfinished download and resume even if you hit pause, it restarts at 0mb. I’ve read a lot of similar complaints on a lot of websites, yet there doesn’t seem to be any answers anywhere. The apple forums are strangely Silent about this, which I find hard to believe. Anyone have any ideas as to how I can complete this download?

    1. eric, i go a bit better. I get the whole 230.1 mb to download and then the server error message pops up. I have tried to download x 10 at least. Not a happy camper!!!

    2. I ended up installing itunes on my wifes computer. I used that install for the update and then restored eveything from my box. It was the only thing that would work for me.

    3. Eric,

      Have you been able to download it yet?

  64. I don’t Know what happened, but when i tried to download the OS 3.0, It said i had an arrow contacting the itunes store. i tried it 2 more times with the same results. In the Outcome, Itunes ATE 30 of my dollars, and now idont have enough to get the OS 3.0. Any suggestions???

  65. I have a first gen iphone. Never upgraded since 2007. Recently did the 3.0 download now my notes app (original app) doesnt work. I can see the list of notes but if I tap one it goes right back to the home screen. I can write a new note but when I tap done it goes right back to the home screen and the note doesnt save. Any ideas?

  66. I am still trying to download OS 3.0 (have been trying daily for 3 weeks now) and still keep getting the “Network Timed Out” message. This is ludicrous!

  67. I like a lot of people tried many times; over 20 at least. Then last week up in Shanghai i plugged my iPhone 3G into my pc to charge it. I accepted the download and install option in iTunes and went to bed. The following morning it had successfully downloaded! That was on my work thinkpad and not even my Macbook.

    Strange that it can do that in a hotel room in Shanghai and not at home in Melbourne!!!!!

  68. Hi, this is naveen, i have a iphone 3g, i upgraded my iphone from older to new 3.0 firmware, from that time i am not receiving the incoming calls oftenly but not always !! could u help me !!!

  69. I simply can not believe how bad the iPhone and itunes is. We are not in a brilliant reception area, but with the iPhone, the phone drops out on a regular basis, like nothing else we have experienced in the last seven years. Reception wise, it is the worst phone we have ever had in fifteen or more years as far as reception is concerned. Just pathetic.

    We saw on the internet and were told by our provider that the phone needed a software update via itunes. We had an older version of itunes which could not even download an update for itself. So we downloaded the lastest version and reinstalled it. Still error 3259. We unblocked ports 3689 & 5353 still error 3259. We can download hundreds of megs via other browsers but itunes, it’s as slow as a snail or even slug. A few megs and it crashes.

    Now we’re stuck with a phone which would be OK if it worked as a phone in places where other phones work and a useless toy that can’t be updated.

    It’s going to take a lot to get me to ever buy apple again.

    Never never never is the word!

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