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Hiccups mar iPhone 3.0 update

Hiccups mar iPhone 3.0 update

Although the iPhone 3.0 update brings some nice new features to the handset, it appears Apple misjudged the level of demand.

Apple's iPhone 3.0 operating system upgrade went live yesterday, but not everyone is happy with the way things went.

Reports of Apple's authentication and file download servers being overloaded are rife, including several errors received by CNet's Stephen Shankland when he attempted to upgrade his iPhone to the latest version.

The issues, likely to have been caused by a greater than expected demand from iPhone owners to be running the latest build as soon as it was released, extended to even downloading the installer from the App Store section of iTunes with users reporting their downloads timing out before completion several times in a row.

Sadly, it appears that these may have been the lucky ones: Gizmodo reports that multiple users are claiming that the upgrade is somehow de-registering their iPhones from AT&T's US network and 'bricking' the handset, causing the 'phone to enter a locked state – preventing any calls aside from to emergency numbers.

Thankfully, that particular issue doesn't appear to be too widespread – although niggling problems with the authentication servers continued to plague users for most of the launch day.

For those who managed to persevere with the update, the iPhone 3.0 OS brings some much-needed tweaks that have previously only been available to those hacking types who have jailbroken their handset and installed third party software. Among the new features are support for the on-screen keyboard when in landscape orientation, an in-built voice recording app, improvements to the search and calendar functions, support for stereo Bluetooth headets, and a faster build of Safari. Other features – notably the ability to copy and paste text, and the functionality to send and receive multimedia messages (MMS) – really should have been there from the start.

Some features – including the ability to tether the iPhone to a laptop in order to share its 3G Internet connectivity without paying for a separate contract on a USB dongle – are carrier dependent, and may not work in all countries in which the iPhone is available. Still, you can't say Apple didn't try.

Any iPhone users managed to upgrade to 3.0 without a hitch, or are you waiting for the dust to settle before giving it a go? Perhaps you use a different smartphone and are boggling at how long it took Apple to include basic functionality like cut 'n paste and MMS? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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tank_rider 18th June 2009, 14:29 Quote
Mine updated first time without any problems. My only gripe with 3.0 is that it reduces the maximum time of autolock from 1 hour to 5 mins! Seeing as work forces me to have autolock on it's a bit annoying to say the least.
p3n 18th June 2009, 14:39 Quote
I updated mine with the dev version last week hopefully it doesnt 'expire', itunes seems happy its uptodate for now; one of my buddies and I were shooting missiles in EVE when he mentioned he had to pick up his GF 'soon', shortly after he thought out loud 'waiting for a text from the GF is probably not a good time to be half way through updating iphone' literally seconds later another friend joined the ventrilo channel raging as his iphone had just finished the software update but was stuck in emergency mode pending itunes blessing. How I laughed...
GreatOldOne 18th June 2009, 14:48 Quote
Mine updated fine. Took 4 attempts at registering again with itunes due to the servers being raped, but was OK as soon as it managed to phoned home.
Goty 18th June 2009, 14:55 Quote
Ran mine through at about 10PM my time, everything seemed fine.
Leitchy 18th June 2009, 14:58 Quote
What's an iPhone?
wuyanxu 18th June 2009, 15:20 Quote
im waiting for a jailbreak to come out for it, then upgrade.

how's 3.0 compare to 2.2.1? are your apps crashing? any degrade in smoothness and general slow-down from 2.2.1?

2.2.1 is working very well for me, i'm hesitate to upgrade. 2.0 coming from 1.1.4 was not that great.
hitman012 18th June 2009, 15:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
how's 3.0 compare to 2.2.1? are your apps crashing? any degrade in smoothness and general slow-down from 2.2.1?
It seems a lot faster in general use for me. No compatibility issues ;)
trickster 18th June 2009, 16:07 Quote
My iPhone locked and only allowed me to make emergency calls for about 30 mins towards the end of the upgrade. I guessed it was a server problem so left it plugged in. Sorted itself out all on its own in the end.

So far upgrade works fine. I think 3.0 runs smoother than 2.2.1. Opening settings, selecting wireless networks etc seems quicker to me. No app problems so far either.

I imagine a lot of people panic when errors like these occur and make things worse by trying to sort it out themselves i.e. unplugging the phone etc. Why is everyone always in such a rush!?
Teknokid 18th June 2009, 16:18 Quote
I did mine fine, then did my dads and his locked.. I had to connect/disconnect it about 50 times before it finally authenticated, what an annoyance.
zabe 18th June 2009, 16:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
how's 3.0 compare to 2.2.1? are your apps crashing? any degrade in smoothness and general slow-down from 2.2.1?

everything working fine in my ipod touch with os 3.0. it seems a little more responsive, but not by a far stretch. widescreen keyboard was something I absolutely needed, my fingers are thick and i always mis-spelled before, now i barely make typos in widescreen. also, WIFI seems to take longer to recognize networks, but connects instantly, instead of having to wait to see when it would be responsive (os 2.2.1), which is good.

ps: skype app does say it's uncompatible with os 3.0 when i load it, but i just used it calling my computer and everything went fine: chat/pic sharing/call
kaujazz 18th June 2009, 17:00 Quote
I tried over 50 times and it gives me error 3259
p3n 18th June 2009, 18:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Teknokid
I did mine fine, then did my dads and his locked.. I had to connect/disconnect it about 50 times before it finally authenticated, what an annoyance.

Or you could have waited instead....
Nexxo 18th June 2009, 19:01 Quote
Mine upgraded without a hitch --no locks, no registering or authentication issues. Works fine too. But I noted the exact time at which the launch would happen and got in there within the first 5 minutes.
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Originally Posted by tank_rider
Mine updated first time without any problems. My only gripe with 3.0 is that it reduces the maximum time of autolock from 1 hour to 5 mins! Seeing as work forces me to have autolock on it's a bit annoying to say the least.

But do you really want to leave your iPhone unlocked for an hour? All you have to do is press the top button... If , as I suspect, you actually mean the password lock, that has been increased from 15 minutes to 1 hour. Bliss.
shomann 18th June 2009, 19:20 Quote
I played it dangerous and updated it about 12:30 CDT yesterday. Everything went fine (I am assuming I got in before the mad rush), but I got a SIM card not recognized message in iTunes. A reboot/reconnect of the iPhone solved this issue.

Smooth, a bit faster and lots of little tweaks that haven't made the forefront of the news (like the edit button available in all contact screens instead of just those accessed from the address book)
fev 18th June 2009, 19:32 Quote
one completely bricked phone came into work today. Updated but itunes wouldn't recognise the phone.

The S is stupidly quick, roll on 9.02 tomorrow. Anyone who wants to stop by and say hello....I'll be the one dealing with upgrades
Ape 18th June 2009, 21:17 Quote
Updated fine ... just totally under-whelmed.

Cant wait for the 3G S
neocleous 18th June 2009, 21:57 Quote
Does any one know if O2 allow you to use the iPhone as a 3G dongle?
Teknokid 18th June 2009, 22:00 Quote
they do, but it'll cost ya :)
Kris. 18th June 2009, 22:18 Quote
I love the update, done it this morning !
No hiccups for me, worked perfectly first time !
The ipod seemed alot quicker and more responsive for me, i love the search function, saves so much time :) Shake to shuffle is real handy as well, works like a charm !
I didn't bother with the voice recog thing, its not something i would use. The music seems a bit clearer than usual aswell :)

<3 Ipods
best49erfan 18th June 2009, 22:28 Quote
I like the idea of using 3G from the phone to laptop, but we still do not have 3G in our area....
tank_rider 18th June 2009, 22:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nexxo
Mine upgraded without a hitch --no locks, no registering or authentication issues. Works fine too. But I noted the exact time at which the launch would happen and got in there within the first 5 minutes.
Quote:
Originally Posted by tank_rider
Mine updated first time without any problems. My only gripe with 3.0 is that it reduces the maximum time of autolock from 1 hour to 5 mins! Seeing as work forces me to have autolock on it's a bit annoying to say the least.

But do you really want to leave your iPhone unlocked for an hour? All you have to do is press the top button... If , as I suspect, you actually mean the password lock, that has been increased from 15 minutes to 1 hour. Bliss.

You are indeed correct, I found I was looking at the wrong setting, however the update did reset the password lock setting to immediate which was annoying. Back on an hour now so all good :)
wiak 19th June 2009, 02:27 Quote
android cupcake <3
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