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Following closely on the official release of iPhone OS 3.0, Apple has seeded a developer build of version 3.1, build 7C97D, along with the SDK. The point release appears to be more than bug fixes, too. A number of sites, including Gizmodo, are reporting features like: […]

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Following closely on the official release of iPhone OS 3.0, Apple has seeded a developer build of version 3.1, build 7C97D, along with the SDK.

The point release appears to be more than bug fixes, too. A number of sites, including Gizmodo, are reporting features like:

  • Faster boot time
  • Bluetooth voice control
  • Access to video editing through APIs for third-party developers
  • Non-destructive editing of video by allowing saving of copies
  • Fraud Protection, or phishing warnings, as an option in preferences for Safari


This discussion at MacRumors also has an interesting list of new features:

  • A carrier selection preference, though apparently not for AT&T customers
  • An MMS option, though again this does not apply to AT&T customers yet
  • Saving video sent in e-mail to the camera roll
  • Direct copying and pasting in the address book, no need to select edit first
  • Copy and paste phone numbers to and from the phone keypad
  • Canceling text messages as they are sent
  • Choose picture size/quality for MMS video, where MMS is an option

As for fixes, the biggest problem, so far, relates to hardware of the iPhone 3GS, not the OS. Whether the new firmware helps with overheating issues has not been reported yet.

The speed at which Apple is updating the iPhone firmware is intriguing. From the final of version of 1.0 to 1.1, over two months passed, and nearly that much time from 2.0 to 2.1 and 2.1 to 2.2. Of course, this latest version of the iPhone OS is a beta, but it’s hard to imagine two more months will pass before iPhone OS 3.1 is officially released. One possible explanation might be that with the apparent early success of the Palm Pre, Apple feels the need to compete a little more aggressively. If so, bring on Windows Mobile 7.

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  1. Off topic, but can anyone else check whether Spotlight indexes SMSs? Really hopes this makes it into 3.1.

  2. going to wait until it’s public. I ran 3.0 beta since March and kinda regret doing that upgrade.

  3. I hope it addresses the woeful performance of the iPod app on the 3G and 2G phones. 5 seconds to skip forward a track? Not great…

  4. 5 seconds to jump tracks? Not here on 16GB 3G or 32GB 3GS – <1 sec usually

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