officially announced iPhone OS 3.1 which includes
Genius recommendations for the App Store. The update also provides a ringtone
store with over 30,000 ringtones which are available for $1.29 each.
For users who find it tedious to search for and find new
applications in Apple’s App Store
, the Genius media-recommendation algorithm should
come in handy. The algorithm looks at the apps you already own and then makes
recommendations based on that information.
OS 3.1 update also includes a number of iTunes 9
related features such as support for Genius Mixes, the ability to generate
playlists of tracks based on your library, the ability to organize applications
on your iPhone’s Home screen using iTunes, iTunes U content organization, and
new syncing options for music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and photos.
iPhone 3.1 also provides the ability to redeem iTunes
cards, codes, and certificates in the App Store as well as a way to view iTunes
account credits in both the App Store and in the iTunes Store.
rolls out MMS functionality on September 25,
iPhone 3.1 users will have the ability to save videos from both Mail and MMS
into the Camera Roll. With the 3.1 update, users will also be able to save a
copy of a trimmed video clip without overwriting the original clip.
Other updates include the option to use the Home button on
the 3GS to activate Accessibility features as well as various bug fixes. Voice
Control is also now accessible via a Bluetooth headset and you should get
better 3G Wi-Fi performance when Bluetooth is turned on. New security features
include the ability to remotely lock an iPhone with a passcode using MobileMe
and an antiphishing warning when visiting fraudulent Web sites in Safari. Apple
also claims users will enjoy improved Exchange calendar syncing and invitation
The new 3.1 OS is available today and is a free upgrade for
all iPhone users and iPod
touch users with OS 3.0. For touch users who have held
off on buying the 3.0 update, your patience has paid off—the latest upgrade now
costs only $4.95.