iPhone OS 3.1 adds new features and functionality

One of the first surprises out of today’s Apple event, other than Steve Jobs appearing on stage again (!!!), was the announcement that iPhone OS 3.1 and iPod touch OS 3.1.1 were available. We’re still waiting for the download to complete, so this won’t be a hands-on review, but we do want you to know what the new features of 3.1 are:

    Improved syncing for music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and photos
    iTunes U content organization
    Redeem iTunes Gift Cards, codes, and certificates in the App Store
    Display available iTunes account credits in the App Store and iTunes Store
    Save video from Mail and MMS into Camera Roll
    Option to Save as new clip when trimming a video on iPhone 3GS
    Better iPhone 3G Wi-Fi performance when Bluetooth is turned on
    Remotely lock iPhone with passcode via MobileMe
    Use Voice COntrol on iPhone 3GS with Bluetooth headsets
    Paste phone numbers into the keypad
    Option to use Home button to turn on accessibility features on iPhone 3GS
    Warn when visiting fraudulent websites in Safari (anti-phishing)
    Improved Exchange calendar syncing and invitation handling
    Fixes issue that cause some app icons to display incorrectly

There’s now also a App Store Genius function, which will recommend Apps based on your purchase history. The Genius of Apple also extends to iTunes, which will now create up to 12 playlists for you based on what’s in your library. You can now purchase and download ringtones from your iPhone, and organize apps in iTunes.

Apple’s security info page will be listing the security content of the OS updates shortly. The new versions include 10 security fixes, including patches for SMS vulnerabilities, Exchange passcode lock workarounds, and Unicode character spoofing flaws.

(Source: TUAW)


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