iPhone 3.0 Firmware Released

As promised, Apple has just unleashed the v3.0 iPhone firmware update.

The 230.1MB download, available through iTunes, is said to contain "over 100 new features," including some new game-related functionality: peer-to-peer multiplayer support and "in app" purchases of downloadable content, such as new levels.

Other additions include push notifications and the long-awaited copy and paste functionality, with several other popular requests--picture messaging, tethering--included but not yet supported by AT&T. A partial list of the multiple tweaks can be found below.

The update comes just two days before Apple rolls out the latest version of the device, the iPhone 3G S, which sports a new video camera, compass, and a horsepower boost that some have likened to the performance gains in the early days of 3D PC gaming.

This update contains over 100 new features, including the following:
  • Cut, Copy & Paste with shake to undo
  • Landscape keyboard in key applications
  • Enhanced Messages application
    • Send and receive photos, contacts, audio files, and location via MMS*
    • Forward and delete single or multiple messages
  • Added search feature in Mail, Calendar, Notes and iPod
  • Spotlight search across iPhone
  • Support for CalDAV and subscriptions in Calendar
  • Improvements to Safari
    • Performance
    • HTML 5 support
    • HTTP Streaming audio and video
    • Auto-fill usernames and passwords
  • New Voice Memos application
  • Sync Notes with a Mac or PC via iTunes
  • Internet Tethering over USB and Bluetooth*
  • Browse and download movies, TV shows, and audiobooks from the iTunes Store**
  • Stereo Bluetooth***
  • Wi-Fi auto login
  • Enhanced Stocks application
  • More Parental Control options for Apps, Music, Movies and TV Shows
  • iTunes account creation and login**
  • YouTube account login and access to subscriptions, ratings and favorites**
  • Shake to shuffle
  • New languages, dictionaries, and keyboards
  • Find my iPhone and Remote Wipe via MobileMe (subscription required) **
  • Support for more Exchange policies
  • Create and send Exchange meeting invitations
  • Search mail on server (Exchange Server 2007 and supported IMAP servers)
  • Search LDAP company directory
  • VPN on demand and VPN proxy support
  • Encrypted configuration profiles
  • Encrypted iTunes backups
  • 1,000 new developer APIs, including:
    • In App Purchases
    • Apple Push Notification Service
    • Accessories support
    • Peer to Peer Connectivity
    • Embedded Maps
    • iPod Library Access
  • Bug fixes

Products compatible with this software update:

  • iPhone
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3G S

* Compatible only with iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S and requires support from your wireless provider.
** Not available in all regions or in all languages.
*** Compatible only with iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S.