I am still consistently amazed by what people are able to do with their iPhones, and I would have never thought it would be used to make a music video, but that's just what one upcoming artist did.
While self-baking iPhone 3GSs turned out not to be cause for alarm, a new issue with the 3GS is being reported by multiple users that might be a little harder to explain away. User Samasas Traum says the oleophobic coating on his iPhone's screen has started to wear off of the device, due to his frequent playing of Flick Fishing [$0.99 | App Store].
Thanks to the combined efforts of AriX and westbaer, they are releasing a version of GeoHot's purplera1n jailbreak for the 3GS for the Mac. Both Windows and Mac versions have also received payload stability improvements, updating the the Windows version from RC2 to RC2a (although there's no reason to use it if you already have RC2 installed). You can get both the Mac version and the new Windows version at purplera1n.com.
Geohot has updated his purplera1n jailbreak for the iPhone 3GS, which adds the following: support for Vista, Windows 7, International, and 64-bit; Less flakiness in the payload; Cydia tar cleaned up; Improved logging with slightly more useful errors; New kernel patches, codesign errors gone. Props posixninja; and Added vm_map +x, passed vm_check. He added that it will be up to Saurik to add support for winterboard. You can download the new purplera1n here, and get instructions here.
An internal memo from AT&T has been intercepted by MacDailyNews saying that the week that the iPhone 3GS launched, several company records were broken. Interestingly, one of the more unexpected records broken in the memo had nothing to do with the iPhone, and everything to do with the late Prince of Pop, Michael Jackson. You can check out the full text of the document after the break.
More reports of users with iPhone 3GSs that have had problems with overheating, resulting in some cases with discoloration of the plastic back case of the device. Wired later reported that the issue may be tied to faulty battery cells in the device, and may lead to a large-scale recall by Apple.
If you're hoping to get an iPhone 3GS soon, you might want to hurry, because they're going fast. Apple published an availability checker for checking available inventory at their various retail locations. At the time, roughly 90% of the listed locations still had inventory of all four models, but over the weekend this has decreased to around 40-45%, and 15% of stores are completely sold out, which includes the entire states of Alabama, Oregon and Utah. [via MacRumors]
The iPhone Dev Team has announced that they are delaying their iPhone 3GS jailbreak in the interest of those who have not yet purchased a 3GS but are planning to. They explain that they want to keep it under wraps until more people have adopted the 3GS so Apple doesn't break it before more people get a chance to use it. You can get a more detailed explanation at their blog.
A couple of issues with the new iPhone 3GSs have shown up, but this is one that could be potentially serious. One user says his once shiny new white 3GS overheated while he was using the GPS and 3G connections for an extended period, resulting in an ugly brownish discoloration. Photos after the break.
iPhone 3GS can record video reasonably well in most circumstances, but as it turns out, it works pretty well under water, too. YouTube user KhenaKara was trying out his new iPhone 3GS's video recording capabilities when it slipped out of his hands and down to it's watery grave, or so he thought at the time. To his great surprise, not only was it still functioning, but days later it still remains fully functional! Best of all, he posted the video to YouTube (after the break).