iPhone OS 3
|A version of the iOS operating system|
iPhone OS 3.1.3 running on an iPhone 3GS
|Source model||Closed, with open source components|
|Initial release||June 17, 2009|
|Latest release||3.2.2 (7B500) / August 11, 2010|
|Kernel type||Hybrid (XNU)|
|License||Proprietary EULA except for open-source components|
|Preceded by||iPhone OS 2|
|Succeeded by||iOS 4|
|Official website||iPhone OS 3 at the Wayback Machine (archived August 18, 2009)|
iPhone OS 3 is the third major release of the iOS mobile operating system developed by Apple Inc., being the successor to iPhone OS 2. It was announced on March 17, 2009, and was released on June 17, 2009. It was succeeded by iOS 4 on June 21, 2010; the new version dropped the "iPhone OS" naming convention. iPhone OS 3 was the last version to use the "iPhone OS" naming convention.
iPhone OS 3 added a system-wide "cut, copy, or paste" dialog bubble, allowing users to more easily move content. It also introduced Spotlight, a search indexing feature designed to help users locate specific information on their device, such as contacts, email messages or apps. The home screen was expanded to let users add up to 11 pages, showcasing a total of 180 apps. The Messages app received support for MMS, while the Camera app received support for video recording on iPhone 3GS, and a new "Voice Memos" app let users record their voice.
- App Store
- Voice Memos
Cut, copy, or paste
Spotlight is a system-wide indexing and search feature, aiming to help users search their device for specific contacts, email messages, calendar appointments, multimedia files, apps and more. It is accessed by swiping to the right from the home screen.
iPhone OS 3 expands the maximum number of pages on the home screen to 11, for a total number of 180 apps.
The Messages app received native support for the Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), allowing users to send and receive messages that also contain pictures, contacts, locations, voice recordings, and video messages.
Camera and Photos
The Photos app featured a new copy button and the ability to delete multiple photos at once.
iPhone OS 3 added a "Voice Memos" app, allowing users to record their voice.
Upgrading to iPhone OS 3 was free for iPhone. Upgrading to iPhone OS 3 cost iPod Touch users $5 to $10, depending on device purchase date.
iPhone OS 3 was the last iOS to charge iPod Touch users to upgrade. Starting with iOS 4, iOS upgrades became free for all users, including users of iPod Touch.
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