Apple iPhone 3.0 Review: Software Improvements

June 16, 2009 by nickspohn Reads (35,188)


Home Screen
Although it’s really just cosmetics, the Messages, Stocks, Phone, and iPod apps had some icon adjustments. Yeah, nothing really ground breaking, but hey it’s the screen you always see right after you slide to unlock your iPhone.

Apple iPhone 3.0Home Button
Double clicking the home button now allows you to bring up Search and the Camera app. Before, it was limited to Phone favorites and iPod. Apple also included Home as a shortcut for home… still can’t figure out why that was included in there.

In the recents tab, your phone now shows if the call is outgoing or incoming by displaying a little picture of a phone and arrow under the name. If you tap the blue arrow, it will now display more detailed information, such as the duration of each phone call.

iPhone 3.0 lets you search through mail directly in the mail app. Simply swipe down to make the search box appear.

The iPod app is also now searchable. Something that should have been there in 1.0, but oh well, at least we finally have it.

I use this app the most, and I’m sure that’s the same for many people with an iPhone. Again, we are finally getting the most basic of functions included, such as mass/individual delete options, forwarding, and landscape texting.

There are some other graphical changes, such as once you send a text message, the keyboard is displayed instantly again and you can keep typing. The sending status was moved to the top of the screen.

When you forward a text, it just includes the actual text. It doesn’t say who the original recipient is from, or even adds a “FWD:” You now also have the option to disable the alerts (the two sounds/vibrates) after missing/not reading a text.

Apple iPhone 3.0Photos
In photos, you can now select pictures and have the option to share, copy, and delete them. Meaning, you don’t have to delete a picture one by one. Man, just the littlest things can make the phone much better.

The YouTube app is now more advanced. You can login, and right on the phone you can see your own videos, your subscriptions, and playlists.

You can now rotate the stock application and it will display a larger, more easy to read graph. In portrait, you can swipe the graph and to the left you’ll get all the high, low, vol, and other various information. If you swipe to the right, you can get news for that particular stock.

iTunes/App Store
Both apps have some extra functionality, such as redeeming coupons. You can also swipe screenshots in the App store now. Yeah I know, exciting.

Other Various Improvements
There were many improvements made in 3.0. I know some aren’t listed, but the ones covered are some of the things people like you and I now have that make the iPhone a little more productive and fun.



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