Category: iPhone 3GS

The iPhone 3GS

iPhone 3GS

iPhone 3GS in 2009 running iOS 4 | Image courtesy of Apple

Before and immediately after the release of iOS 6 it seemed like everybody was lamenting on the reasons as to why Apple had decided to continue supporting the iPhone 3GS with iOS 6. That is to say that Apple had made a conscious decision to support a device that does not have a retina display and was released in June 2009 a full three years before iOS 6 arrived on the scene.

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Apple Releases iOS 4.3.2, iOS 4.2.7 for Verizon iPhone

Apple has recently released iOS 4.3.2 for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch and iPad. The CDMA iPhone 4 has also been updated to version iOS 4.2.7, causing some curiosity as to why the Verizon iPhone remains on a separate software branch.

The iOS update is said to include improvements and bug fixes:

  • Fixes an issue that occasionally caused blank or frozen video during a FaceTime call
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some international users from connecting to 3G networks on iPad Wi-Fi + 3G
  • Contains the latest security updates

Apple Releases iOS 4.3 for iPad, iPhone iPod Touch and Apple TV

Two days ahead of its self-imposed schedule Apple has released iOS 4.3 to the public. The update which is compatible with iPad, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 GSM, iPod touch 3rd and 4th generation but not the Verizon iPhone 4 delivers a number of major enhancements.

The second-generation Apple TV which also runs on iOS has also been issued an update to iOS 4.3.

iOS 4.3 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch contains a number of new features and improvements including:

  • Personal Hotspot for sharing the iPhone 4 data connection with up to 5 devices
  • iTunes Home Sharing
  • AirPlay has been extended to other apps such as Photos as well as third-party apps
  • Improved Safari performance through Apple Nitro JavaScript engine
  • HD video out using Apple Digital AV adapter
  • Push notifications in from Ping as well as ability to Post and Like songs from Now Playing screen
  • Bug fixes

Apple Releases iOS 4.3 GM to Developers

Following yesterday’s announcement that iOS 4.3 will be available to download by all on March 11, the company has today released the Golden Master build to registered iOS developers.

The GM build of iOS 4.3 carries the number 8F190. Included in the first beta was new four and five finger gestures for the iPad. Apple has since clarified how the gestures will be implemented in the future:

This feature will not be enabled in iOS 4.3 for customers, but we are providing this preview to gather input on how these gestures work with your apps.

iOS 4.3 will be available to download for the iPhone 3GS, the GSM iPhone 4, third and fourth generation iPod touch, and iPad models on March 11. Verizon iPhone 4 owners will seemingly have to wait longer for an iOS 4.3 release. The Apple TV will also be updated on a separate schedule.

Included in the iOS 4.3 GM build is:

  • 4 or 5 finger multi-touch gestures on iPad (developers only)
  • Option on the iPad to use the hardware switch as orientation lock or mute switch.
  • Personal Hotspot is enabled on iPhone 4 devices, allowing access to a personal Wi-Fi network from up to 5 devices.
  • AirPlay streaming from third party apps.
  • Ability to stream content from local iTunes library via Home Sharing.
  • Improved Safari JavaScript performance using Nitro engine which has been brought over from Mac OS X.

Apple Delivers iOS 4.3 Beta to Developers

Apple has today released the first beta of iOS 4.3 to registered developers. The iOS 4.3 beta is available for iPod touch (3rd and 4th gen), iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPad, for the first time iPhone 3G devices are excluded from the update. Apple is also offering a version of iOS 4.3 for the new Apple TV so developers can test AirPlay functionality from their apps.

Included in the beta is the new Personal Hotspot functionality that appeared with the unveiling of the Verizon iPhone earlier this week. Although at this stage it is unknown whether carriers will be able to choose whether they allow access to the feature.

World of Apple will offer a more detailed look at iOS 4.3 in the coming hours but for now the new features of the update include:

  • 4 or 5 finger multi-touch gestures on iPad
  • Option on the iPad to use the hardware switch as orientation lock or mute switch.
  • Personal Hotspot is enabled, allowing access to a personal Wi-Fi network from up to 5 devices.
  • AirPlay streaming from third party apps.
  • iAds for the iPad

Apple Gives Developers GM of iOS 4.2.1

Apple has today released to developers iOS 4.2.1 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The new release which is labelled golden master (GM) comes a couple of weeks after Apple released iOS 4.2.

iOS 4.2.1 will be the first version of iOS 4 for the iPad and will bring all the major enhancements such as folders, multitasking and Game Center.

Early in September Apple announced that iOS 4.2 would be available in November and also published a page dedicated to the new features of iOS 4.2. In addition to the 100+ new features of iOS 4.0 the latest update will also bring AirPlay and Printing to the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

iOS 4.2.1 GM is labelled build 8C148 and is a 552MB update for iPad and a 624MB update for the iPhone 4 and is only available to registered iOS developers.

Apple Releases iOS 4.2 GM

Apple has today given iOS developers access to a pre-release build of iOS 4.2. iOS 4.2 will be the first version of iOS 4 for the iPad and will bring all the major enhancements such as folders, multitasking and Game Center.

Early in September Apple announced that iOS 4.2 would be available in November and also published a page dedicated to the new features of iOS 4.2. In addition to the 100+ new features of iOS 4.0 the latest update will also bring AirPlay and Printing to the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

iOS 4.2 GM is labelled build 8C134 and is a 549MB update for iPad and a 625MB update for the iPhone 4 and is only available to registered iOS developers.

A golden master (GM) build indicates that iOS 4.2 development has been completed and is due to be released imminently.

Target to Begin Selling iPhone November 7

iPhone 4 display at Target store

iPhone 4 display at Target store

Target has today announced that it will begin selling Apple’s iPhone 4 and 3GS in the United States on November 7. Target said that it would carry the iPhone in 846 stores including Target Mobile centres.

“At Target we continue to offer our guests the best in electronics so we’re happy to add iPhone to our Target Mobile offerings,” said Mark Schindele, senior vice president, merchandising, Target. “With expert support from Target Mobile specialists and in-store activation, our guests will be able to leave the store with a new, working iPhone3GS or iPhone4 in-hand.”

Target also began selling the iPad in early October.

Apple Unveils AirPrint for Printing From iOS Devices

Alongside the release of the first beta of iOS 4.2 Apple has also announced AirPrint for wireless printing from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

AirPrint automatically finds printers on local networks and can print text, photos and graphics to them wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need to install drivers or download software. HP’s existing and upcoming ePrint enabled printers will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices.

“AirPrint is Apple’s powerful new printing architecture that matches the simplicity of iOS—no set up, no configuration, no printer drivers and no software to download,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to an HP ePrint printer or to a printer shared on a Mac or PC.”

“We’re pleased to work with Apple to bring Apple’s AirPrint to our fall lineup of ePrint printers in time for the holiday shopping season,” said Vyomesh Joshi, HP executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group. “Making it easy for our customers to print anytime, anywhere, is a key priority for HP. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch customers are going to love how easy it is to print using our new range of ePrint printers, creating high-quality printed pages in an instant.”

Apple Begins Developer Testing of iOS 4.2 for iPhone and iPad

Today Apple gave iOS developers access to the first beta of iOS 4.2. iOS 4.2 will be the first version of iOS 4 for the iPad and will bring all the major enhancements such as folders, multitasking and Game Center.

Early in September Apple announced that iOS 4.2 would be available in November and also published a page dedicated to the new features of iOS 4.2. In addition to the 100+ new features of iOS 4.0 the latest update will also bring AirPlay and Printing to the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

iOS 4.2 beta 1 is labelled build 8C5091e and is a 514MB update for iPad and a 617MB update for the iPhone 4 and is only available to registered iOS developers.

The new iOS beta is also accompanied by an update to the SDK. Notes of interest from the SDK release notes:

  • iOS 4.2 devices can print wirelessly to printers that support iOS printing, including:
    HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-All-in-One Printer – C410
    HP Photosmart Premium e-All-in-One Printer series – C310
    HP Photosmart Plus e-All-in-One Printer series – B210

  • iOS 4.2 devices can print to printers shared through a Mac or a PC.