You camped out in front of your favorite Apple store the night before the iPhone 3G went on sale. You waited in the store as your patience was tested because of a global problem with iTunes that prevented phones from being fully activated. In the end, your endurance was rewarded with a shiny new iPhone. After your new toy joy subsided, perhaps you noticed a glitch or hiccup with your iPhone, well, apparently Apple is already aware of bugs in the iPhones v2.0 firmware and may be currently testing v2.0.1. In fact, version 2.0.1 may have been in development before the current 3G even went on sale.
Web traffic analyzed from server logs by The Boy Genius Report, shows references to iPhones running firmware titled v2.0.1 from the San Francisco and Atlanta areas. Apple HQ is near San Francisco and AT&T is located in Atlanta.
Today's bugs could be replaced by tomorrow's new features.
It only took five days and the iPhone Dev team has already managed to jailbreak the new iPhone 3G, though there is no official release annoucement. Anyone with the OG iPhone, iPod touch, or iPhone 3G will be able to partake in the pwnage. Third party apps will still be accessible, as well as other cool hacks like video game emulators, video recording capabilities, and maybe someone, somewhere will figure out how to create a hack for cut and paste. Seriously.
Apple finally explained why there is no iPhone copy and paste in an interview with ExtremeTech. Apple product head, Greg Joswiak says that the feature just wasn’t on the list of priorities for the iPhone. Apparently, he and his crew “judged other things to be more important.”
To the lucky million with an iPhone 3G wondering, “What is up with the GPS?” David Pogue wrote last week, that the iPhone’s antenna is “much too small to emulate the turn-by-turn navigation of a G.P.S. unit for a vehicle.”
Joswiak says that is incorrect. The iPhone is capable of turn-by-turn directions. Apple just needs to work on some technical issues and we should expect to be amazed by what developers release as the iPhone evolves.
As far as an iPhone office suite is concerned, Dataviz told ExtremeTech that “unspecified technical issues” were holding back development. Joswiak said that he wasn’t aware of any complications, but if there were any, it would have to do with the lack of a cross-application file structure on the iPhone. The iPhone gives each application its own file space at the moment.
Not sure how useful an office suite would be without a copy and paste feature, though.
You've made it through the line, finally foisting the iPhone 3G upwards like the captain of a hockey team with the Stanley Cup. If you're upgrading from an original iPhone, here's how to transfer your old settings to the new device.
Plug in the new iPhone, and Control-click its name. This phone is just called "Apple's iPhone" since we didn't bother coming up with a name while in the store. Choose "Restore from backup," and pick the name of your prior phone from the next screen.
Wait several minutes while iTunes transfers network settings, mail details, and other information. The new iPhone will then take the name of the old phone; click the name once, and press Return to rename it with a snazzy new moniker. Finally, sync everything to the new phone.
When finished, your new iPhone will have the same contacts, calendar, and applications as the original. And unrelated to this brain transfer, your old iPhone should behave like an iPod touch. (Ours, upgraded to version 2.0, did as soon as their SIMs were deactivated.)
For iPhone lovers with a hatred for AT&T, or who are stuck in a long term commitment with another carrier, iPhone Software 2.0 is a mixed blessing.
While the App Store and Exchange support brings joy to many of the iPhone faithful, folks with unlocked or Pwnd iPhones have to sit on the sidelines waiting and watching.
Well, the wait may soon be over, the iPhone Dev Team has posted a video of their Pwnage Tool 2.0 working its magic on iPhone Software 2.0. Right now, the tool will only work with OG iPhones. Sorry iPhone 3G users.
Because so many people are installing iPhone 2.0 software, patience is the order of the day. If you happen to unplug your phone after the installation, but before it can talk to the iTunes store, you may find the phone is in an emergency calls only mode, where none of its software (including the Address Book) is available. A thread at Apple Support Discussions has a number of comments posted by users in a panic over their phones. Some of them report that they have waited hours for their phone to be usable again; others report that they are still waiting. Patience is a virtue.
The wait is "officially" over. Apple released the iPhone/iPod touch Software 2.0 update. For iPhone users, go ahead, plug your device into iTunes and hit "Check for Update." The update is free. iPod touch users can get the update here, unfortunately it's going to set you back $9.95.
Don't be surprised if it takes a while for the download. Apple's servers are getting hammered.
It's a picture of the web site on the web site, freaky man.
iPhone Software 2.0 brought us a nice utility that's been sought after for some time. Screen grabs.
To take a screen grab on your iPhone with Software 2.0, just hold down the home button, then tap the top button. Your screen will flash white signifying you have captured your screen.
The image will pop up in your camera roll in the Camera app or Photos app.
Wanna have fun with this new feature?
Grab a friends iPhone and take a screen grab of their home screen. Open the image and leave the iPhone on the victim's friend's desk. Next time they try to use their iPhone, they'll be perplexed that the buttons don't seem to work. Eventually, the menu for images will pop-up and you'll all have a good laugh. Hopefully.