IPhone 3.0 Software: It's Here, Finally.
Update: Oh yeah. I am stuck in emergency mode once again, courtesy of the 3.0 update. Seems like some of you below are stuck there, too.
Personally, I tried calling Apple support and here's what they told me: My 3.0 update probably installed fine, but the phone now needs to connect to iTunes to verify my account information. Right now, everybody with an iPhone is trying to connect to iTunes and "our servers can only take so much traffic."
Not sure if this is the same problem a few of you guys are having, but Apple's advice, basically, was: Wait for a while and try again later.
If you haven't tried to download and install the 3.0 software update, I'd say holding off for a while is probably a good idea.
In the meantime, I'm glad I still have a landline.
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Well, that took long enough.
Apple had promised to release the latest major update to the iPhone's operating system today, but the company didn't specify what time users could expect to download OS 3.0. Last time around, Apple released its iPhone update in the morning, an event that turned into a minor fiasco for the company when its servers were slammed and many were left with a phone stuck in the almost entirely useless "emergency" mode.
I'm downloading and installing the update right now; hopefully things don't go south this time...
The new iPhone software introduces some features that likely should have been incorporated into the device when it was released a couple of years ago. Users can now "cut, copy and paste" text from one application to another, for example, and use a new search function to look up information parked in various application databases. One new feature allows users to incorporate a picture into their text message (though, whoops, AT&T, the only carrier with the iPhone, doesn't support this just yet. That's coming later this summer).
Users will now also be able to record voice memos and buy more stuff directly from the iTunes store. Apple is touting a new, enhanced stock checking application (as of this writing, AAPL is down two cents today).
The update is free for iPhone owners and $9.99 for owners of the iPod Touch.
If you're an owner of one of these devices and hit a glitch, please post away. Otherwise, see you on the other side.
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