Wednesday, September 9, 2009

iPhone OS 3.1 and iTunes 9 Released Today

The Apple website has announced that iTunes 9.0 and iPhone OS 3.1 have been released. Apple also has information related to their new line of iPods.

The new iTunes has a nifty feature that lets you organize your apps from within iTunes (rather than on the device itself).

See this InformationWeek article for more details.

The feature I'm eagerly anticipating, the ability to skip song tracks using the controls on my Motorola S9 stereo bluetooth head set. OS 3.0 introduced stereo bluetooth to the iPhone, but for some reason did not include the ability to skip forward / back song tracks.

iTunes 9.0 is ready to download now, the OS update is supposed to be out today (Wed) but it's not yet shown up in iTunes.

1 comment:

FlakRat said...

Some observations after a week of using 3.1 on my 3G:

The iPhone is noticeably slower compared to 3.0.1. For example, when in standby mode, pressing the home button used to immediately turn on the screen (with slider to unlock). Now, with 3.1, it takes 3 to 4 seconds for the screen to display.

The 3.1 update did not enable the skip (forward / back) buttons on Bluetooth head sets.

I also stumbled on this gem related to MS Exchange:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10354209-37.html

It seems that previous to 3.1, iPhones falsely advertised to Exchange 2007 servers that the devices were encrypted. iPhone and iPhone 3G do not have hardware encryption, 3GS does. The 3.1 OS now properly reports this to the Exchange server, thus non 3GS devices that attempt to connect to servers that require encryption will now fail.