iPhone OS 3

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iOS 3
A version of the iOS operating system
IPhone OS 3 logo.png
IPhone OS 3.1.3.png
iPhone OS 3.1.3 running on an iPhone 3GS
Developer Apple Inc.
Source model Closed, with open source components
Released to
June 17, 2009; 8 years ago (2009-06-17)
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)
Support status
Unsupported as of the end of 2012[citation needed]

iPhone OS 3 (renamed iOS 3 when support for the iPad was added in iOS 3.2) is the third major release of the iOS mobile operating system designed by Apple Inc.. iPhone OS 3.0 became available with the iPhone 3GS. It was released on June 17, 2009. It added features such as copy and paste, and MMS. Not all features were available on the original iPhone. Devices running iPhone OS 2.x were upgradeable to this software. The final release supported on the original iPhone and iPod Touch is iPhone OS 3.1.3.[1] The iPad was introduced with iOS 3.2.[2] iOS 3.2 was the first version to be called "iOS." iOS 3.2.2 was the final version of iOS 3.


Cut, copy, and paste[edit]

iPhone OS 3 introduced Cut, copy, and paste, a system-wide feature where a user can double-tap the text, and it will get a "cut, copy, and paste" bubble dialog. Double-tap again, the "paste" bubble will appear if there's anything stored in your clipboard.[3]


Spotlight is a system-wide indexing and search feature that is included in the iPhone OS 3 software update. This feature helps users to search everything from contacts, mail, calendars, media, app names and other content.[4] It is done by swiping to the right from the home screen.[5]


The Messages app for iPhone was released as a replacement to the Text app which had been the native messaging app since the iPhone’s release. The change in name was due to the addition of native support for the Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), in addition to the text-only Short Message Service (SMS), allowing users to send and receive messages that also contain everything from attachments, contacts, locations, voice recordings, pictures, and video messages.[6]

Other changes to the app including support for vCard standard, support for copy and paste, and the ability to forward or delete multiple messages at once.


The Phone app now has an ability to set his/her own number in the SIM card. Then it will be displayed in the Contacts list and iTunes, and it will used for MMS identification. The Recent calls section now shows more details and it can be edit contacts within the app.

Photos and Camera[edit]

The camera app introduced video recording, which can be trimmed directly in the app. It also has autofocus, which the user can tap on different objects, and the camera would focus on it. These features were only available on the iPhone 3GS.

The Photos options menu has changed, with a new copy button, and a redesigned UI. It also has the ability to delete multiple photos all at once.

Voice Memos[edit]

iPhone OS 3 adds a Voice Memos app.[7] The app allows the user to record a new memo or view existing voice memos.[8]

Other new features[edit]

Home Screen[edit]

iPhone OS 3 expands the number of pages to 11 pages, for a total number of 180 apps in the home screen.[5]


Some iPhone and iPod touch users reported issues of the device(s) not waking from sleep.[citation needed] Apple released iPhone OS 3.1.2 in an attempt to fix the issue.

Some iPad users running iOS 3.2 reported Wi-fi issues. The issue was fixed in iOS 3.2.1.[9]


iPhone OS 3 received mixed reviews.[citation needed]

iPod touch price[edit]

iPhone OS 3 cost $4.95 for iPod touch (1st and 2nd generations) users and was free to iPod touch (3rd generation), iPhone users, and iPad users.

Version history: portable iOS devices[edit]

Supported devices[edit]


  1. ^ Apple Inc. "iPhone — New features in the iPhone 3.1 Software Update". Apple Inc. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ Shiels, Maggie (June 9, 2009). "Mixed reaction to iPhone update". BBC News. 
  3. ^ Diaz, Jesus (March 3, 2009). "iPhone 3.0 OS Guide: Everything You Need to Know". Gizmodo. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ Frakes, Dan (2009). "Hands on With IPhone 3.0's Spotlight". PC World / Macworld. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "iPhone OS 3.0 review". iMore. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ Moren, Dan (June 17, 2009). "iPhone 3.0 software update". Macworld. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  7. ^ Landau, Ted (2009-11-12). Take Control of iPhone OS 3. TidBITS Publishing, Inc. ISBN 9781615422227. 
  8. ^ "iPhone OS 3.0 review". iMore. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  9. ^ "iPad 3.2.1 Update Released for iPad Wi-Fi Problems | iPadinTouch". www.ipadintouch.com. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 

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Preceded by
iPhone OS 2
iPhone OS 3
June 2009
Succeeded by
iOS 4