Movies, voice recording, auto-fill, and more...
As promised, you can now buy or rent movies, TV shows, and music videos from the iTunes store. And for those of you who want to improve your minds and not merely download a copy of 1974's The Taking of Pelham One Two Three to see how much better it was than today's remake, there's free educational video content available from iTunes U.
Spend your money on video rentals (left) or get smarter for free at iTunes U (right)
The Voice Memo app is a nice addition - though, I'm sure, not a welcome one to the developers of Polar Bear Farm's Record, Patrick O'Keefe's Voice Record, or other existing recording apps. I wouldn't suggest using Voice Memo to record the fine and delicate acoustical purity of, say, your next string-quartet concert, but it works just fine for voice-jotting a quick brainstorm or three and emailing them to your boss.
Record your brilliance (left) then tap Share and send it in an email (right)
Landscape typing does indeed work in Apple apps such as Notes, Mail, and Contacts (it's always worked in Safari), but I couldn't get the keyboard to go into landscape mode when I tried to enter text into Calendar, nor did it appear when I landscapified the brand-spanking-new Spotlight search.
Safari's performance doesn't seem noticeably faster, and I couldn't get its AutoFill function to work until I discovered that I had to go to Settings > Safari > AutoFill and provide Safari with the needed permission and info. Then, after I allowed Safari to AutoFill a PCConnection checkout web form, it botched the job - as any auto-fill is wont to do - but it was a simple tap 'n' type matter to correct its mistakes.
Among other improvements, the Stocks app is nicely updated with landscape charts - useful if you're a fiscal masochist grooving on the Meltdown - and the shake-to-shuffle feature in the iPod app is functional, if a bit silly.
Of course, we here in the States will have to wait for AT&T before we can test such 3.0 niceties as MMS and tethering - all the while envying users all over the rest of both the civilized and uncivilized worlds as they send photo-enhanced text messages and use their iPhones as wireless-broadband modems.
Roller-coaster rides are more exhilarating in landscape mode
We'll wait until later to test MobileMe-enabled functions such as Find My Phone and Remote Wipe file deletion, plus stereo-Bluetooth connections, in-app purchases, phone-to-phone Bluetooth communication, and a few other enhancements such as smart communication with hardware accessories.
At first blush, iPhone 3.0 appears to be a solid upgrade, free for iPhone owners and $10 for iPod touch owners - and if that ten bucks sounds like Apple is nickel-and-diming those iPod owners, remember that there are between 15 and 20 million iPod touches out there. Those nickels and dimes will add up to a hefty take for Apple. ®
Borked for ages on me.
Downloaded fine. But when it finished couldn't connect to Itunes for hours to finish the update process. Took about 3 hours all told to sort it self out. Very fustrating.
The error message, something like "Timed out while trying to connect to Itunes store - check your connection and try again." Strangley I could connect to Itunes and download other things.
I kind of feel like its a windows update. Sure its faster and better now, but what a pain getting it installed. Why do I have to reboot so many times...
@All the Pissy People posting
Get a life, you aren't all that interesting nor as important as you think you are. Put down the mouse or most likely the xbox controller, open the door and go out and take a walk in the real world for a change.
I can't be bothered. Calling me a liar, saying that *I'm* hiding behind anonymity, Chris 72? Pathetic. My Tytn (SVP M3100 - actually made worse with Orange "customisations") with it's pesristent memory was a pile of junk , both in terms of build quality AND operation. That was my experience. Yours has obviously been better. Well done you. Do you want a fucking medal? All camera phones are shit - yes, even the LG's. Why? Simple physics. It seem that whatever is done to, added to, or even *invented for* the iPhone won't be good enough. I stand by everything I said - especially YOUR blinkered views towards Apple products. Your whole tirade was about using the best tool for the job - so long as it isn't Apple. Your loss.