After much anticipation, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone OS 3.1 software update at the "Rock and Roll" media event on Wednesday, September 9th. The new firmware, a free download for iPhone OS 3.0 users, adds the following fixes and changes:
Yesterday AT&T finally announced that MMS would be coming to the iPhone in the United States on September 24th. Today they followed up their press release with a video statement from their online figurehead, "Seth the Blogger Guy", in which Seth explains what has taken AT&T so long to announce MMS. Video after the break.
AT&T has announced in a press release today that that MMS will be available for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS users in the US starting September 25th. According to AT&T, a software update will be released that day which will enable MMS capabilities. The service will be enabled for current iPhone plan subscribers on AT&T's network at no additional charge for users with a monthly text messaging plan. A&T explains that the MMS launch was delayed while they prepared over the last several months. As they put it, "We’re riding the leading edge of smartphone growth that’s resulted in an explosion of traffic over the AT&T network."
Recently, both Apple and AT&T found themselves named in two class action lawsuits regarding the current lack of MMS support for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. iPhone OS 3.0 includes support for MMS, but so far AT&T hasn't enabled the feature and apparently at least some iPhone owners feel that they've been misled per an article on the Mac Observer.
Several iPhone developers using the iPhone 3.1 beta have reported that MMS is beginning to work on AT&T. We reported earlier when 3.1 was seeded that it enabled the MMS option, although the required support from AT&T was still disabled. One developer in Little Rock, AR reports that sending and receiving photos has been working since July 9th. Another reported on the 17th that MMS worked in several major cities during a road trip. MMS still seems to be disabled for most users so it's likely that AT&T is enabling it on a phone-by-phone basis.
So that super easy "hack" to enable tethering on the 3G we posted totally works on the 3G S. Simply open this link on your iPhone 3G S (same link we posted before) and install the profile. Boom, tethering! Of course many have asked about enabling MMS and there's a solution for that too! The only caveat is that it requires a bit of actual work on your part. You'll need to tweak an iTunes preference file and a GSM phone with MMS capabilities. Aaron Krill has all the details on enabling MMS + tethering on both iPhones, so check that out and be sure to let us know the results!
iLounge has noticed that according to a list of frequently asked questions posted online by AT&T (PDF), MMS messages will be offered "at no extra cost to customers with a text messaging bundle". Our guess is that it will also be available to users without a text messaging plan, but at a higher per-message (or possibly per-file size) rate.
Rogers Wireless has made some changes to their iPhone Value Packs, which are purchased to add features that supplement voice plans for the device, adding things like call display and text messaging. Earlier today they were all updated to include MMS messaging, raising the price by $5 each.
iPhone 3.0 To Bring Copy & Paste, MMS, Tethering, Spotlight, Landscape Email, Stereo Bluetooth, Notes Sync & More
At the iPhone OS 3.0 preview event today, Apple announced the inclusion of Copy & Paste in the upcoming 3.0 software update. MMS will also be coming in an update to the SMS app, which has been renamed to "Messages." Additional features such as multi-photo emailing, landscape email, notes syncing, and Spotlight searching will also be included. The update will be available in the summer.