A strange bug has been causing trouble for some iPhone OS 3.0 users. We haven't seen it ourselves yet, but several users on Apple's discussion boards are reporting strange problems with app icons being either blank white squares, switching icons with other apps, or disappearing altogether. TUAW confirmed the strange bug when their own Mel Martin had the AT&T Navigator app and Reuters News icon switch places. One developer says issues like these were highly common in the beta releases, and weren't fixed until the final release of the software.
While iPhone users downloaded the OS 3.0 update in droves, even temporarily crashing Apple's servers, iPod touch users have been extremely slow to upgrade to the new update, which costs them around $10 USD. While the data is not entirely comprehensive because it was collected based only on apps within the AdMob network, it is clear based on the data that the trend is mostly accurate.
Sure, the new iPhone OS adds a bunch of fun stuff like Spotlight search and a few more home screens (longer list here) but don't overlook that it also adds roughly 38 security fixes in things ranging from CoreGraphics, Exchange, ImageIO, Mail, Safari and Webkit, and even one related to the telephone connection.
A user over at the MacRumors forums has compiled a huge list of 96 hidden features found in iPhone OS 3.0 not mentioned by Apple. They range from the useful to the mundane, including things like a grey "Connecting..." screen in Safari when reconnecting to Wi-Fi or storing of podcasts by their date/time stamp.
AT&T revealed a minor but pleasant surprise coming with the iPhone OS 3.0 software. They announced that all 20,000+ of their Wi-Fi hotspots in the U.S. will support auto-authentication, letting them skip the authentication process. That means that as of today, instead of having to sign in, your iPhone will automatically switch from 3G to Wi-Fi when you're at an AT&T hotspot. The hotspots are free to use on your iPhone for anyone with an unlimited data plan.
Not surprisingly, Apple's servers seem to be getting hit pretty hard. Several users are telling us that they are getting errors from iTunes after trying to update saying "The iPhone [your iPhone] cannot be updated at this time because the iPhone activation server is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later." We saw basically the same situation at the iPhone 3G launch.
A download page for OS 3.0 for the iPod touch has been discovered in iTunes. The page is not yet functional, but does appear to complete the transaction and prompt the user to connect their iPod touch to iTunes, after which it says OS 2.2.1 is still the current version, and cancels the download. Screenshots after the break.
MobileMe users running the iPhone OS 3.0 gold master copy are reporting that Find My iPhone, a new feature Apple announced at WWDC on Monday as part of MobileMe, is already up and running. Everything we've heard so far says that it works perfectly, just as they described in the keynote address. It's good to know it will be ready when the 17th rolls around, when it will be available to all users of GPS-capable iPhones with MobileMe accounts.
Yesterday Apple announced that OS X iPhone 3.0 would be released on June 17th for all iPhone customers. They also mentioned that they've already reached Gold Master with 3.0 and would be seeding it out to developers that day to make sure developers' apps work with 3.0. Of course none of us have any patience and somewhere on the Internet, there is a legit copy of 3.0 GM. Best part is that it works on all iPhones, no need to register your device with the dev program. As far as we know, it'll be the exact same build we see on the 17th. Now where can you get it? Psh, I dunno. Google it or something. I don't know how piracy works. I just blog about the iPhone.
Earlier today Apple announced that iPhone OS 3.0 would add tethering functionality to existing and future iPhones and would be available on 22 carriers at launch. Now Engadget claims to have word from an AT&T representative saying that they can confirm tethering will be available on the device at some point, but they can't announce any specifics like an availability date or pricing.