iPhone OS 3
A version of the iOS operating system
IPhone OS 3 logo.png
IPhone OS 3.1.3.png
iPhone OS 3.1.3 home screen with third party applications
DeveloperApple Inc.
Source modelClosed, with open source components
Initial releaseJune 17, 2009; 12 years ago (2009-06-17)
Latest release3.2.2 (7B500) / August 11, 2010; 11 years ago (2010-08-11)
Update methodiTunes through a computer
Package managerApp Store
Platforms
Kernel typeHybrid (XNU)
LicenseProprietary software except for open-source components
Preceded byiPhone OS 2
Succeeded byiOS 4
Official websiteApple - iPhone - New features in the iPhone 3.0 Software Update at the Wayback Machine (archived August 18, 2009)
Support status
Historic, partial 3rd party app support

iPhone OS 3 is the third major release of the iOS mobile operating system developed by Apple Inc., succeeding iPhone OS 2. It was announced on March 17, 2009, and was released on June 17, 2009. It was succeeded by iOS 4 on June 21, 2010, dropping the "iPhone OS" naming convention.[1] iPhone OS 3 was the last version to use the "iPhone OS" naming convention.

iPhone OS 3 added a system-wide "cut, copy, or paste" feature, allowing users to more easily move content. It also introduced Spotlight, a search indexing feature designed to help users locate specific information on their device, such as contacts, email messages or apps. The home screen was expanded to let users add up to 11 pages, showcasing a total of 180 apps. The Messages app received support for MMS, while the Camera app received support for video recording on the iPhone 3GS, and a new "Voice Memos" app let users record their voice. In-app purchase capability was added to third-party applications as well.

Default Apps

Default Dock

History

Further information: iOS version history § iPhone OS 3

iPhone OS 3 was announced on March 17, 2009.
iPhone OS 3.0 was officially released on June 17, 2009.[2][3]

Updates

Version Build Darwin version Release date Notes Update Type
3.0 7A341 10.0.0d3 June 17, 2009 Initial release on iPhone 3GS
  • Adds cut, copy and paste for text and images
  • Adds the Voice Memos application
  • Allows app developers to access third-party accessories attached to iPhone
  • Adds support for in-app purchases
  • Adds MMS to the Messages app, which replaces the SMS app, for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS only
  • Adds Voice Control for iPhone 3GS only
  • Fixes a bug where viewing maliciously crafted image files led to arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes multiple bugs where viewing a maliciously crafted PDF led to arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes a bug where connecting to a malicious Exchange server allowed disclosure of sensitive information
  • Fixes a bug where vulnerabilities in racoon led to denial of service
  • Fixes a bug that allowed someone to forcefully initiate a phone call
  • Patches a bug where viewing of a maliciously crafted MPEG-4 video caused a device reset
  • Fixes a bug where clearing Safari search history in Settings did not correctly delete it, and it was still accessible to someone with physical access
  • Fixes a bug that allowed a remote attacker to initiate a device reset
  • Fixes multiple bugs where visiting a maliciously crafted website led to cross-site scripting, arbitrary code execution, or a device reset
  • Adds support for Find My iPhone, allowing users who have purchased a MobileMe subscription to remotely track and erase their iPhone
Initial Release
3.0.1 7A400 July 31, 2009 Fixes a bug that allowed a maliciously crafted SMS message to allow arbitrary code execution[4] Bug Fixes
3.1
3.1.1[a]
7C144
7C145[a]
7C146[b]
September 9, 2009
September 17, 2009[b]
  • Allows redeeming of gift cards in the App Store
  • Improves Bluetooth performance when Wi-Fi is enabled
  • Allows saving videos from MMS messages and Mail
  • Allows remote passcode locking of a device if a subscription to MobileMe is purchased
  • Allows Bluetooth Voice Control on iPhone 3GS only
  • Triple-clicking the home button opens the Accessibility menu, with options to enable VoiceOver, Zoom, and Invert Colors
  • Calendar events now display location on the Lock Screen
  • Allows video trimming to save as a new video, instead of overwriting the original video
  • Safari will now display a message if a user attempts to visit a potentially fraudulent website
  • Genius Recommendations now recommend apps in the App Store
  • Copy+paste can now be copied to the Phone app keypad, letters pasted will be automatically converted to numbers[5]
  • Fixes a bug where opening a maliciously crafted AAC or MP3 file caused arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes a bug where deleted Mail messages were still visible in Spotlight Search
  • Fixes a passcode bypass bug
  • Fixes a bug that caused passwords to be visible
  • Fixes a bug that caused website spoofing[6]
Feature Update
3.1.2 7D11 October 8, 2009
  • Fixes a bug that caused iPhones to not wake from sleep
  • Fixes a bug that caused cellular connectivity to intermittently disconnect
  • Fixes a crash that was caused by streaming video[7]
Bug Fixes
3.1.3 7E18 February 2, 2010
  • Improves battery percentage accuracy on the iPhone 3GS
  • Fixes a bug that caused third-party applications to fail to launch[8]
  • Fixes a bug that caused playback of a maliciously crafted MP4 file to lead to arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes a bug that caused viewing of a maliciously crafted .tiff file to lead to arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes a passcode bypass bug[9]
Bug Fixes
iPad (1st generation) only:
3.2 7B367 10.3.1 April 3, 2010 Initial release on iPad (1st generation).
  • Adds performance and experience adjustments for the iPad's larger screen
  • Adds new Human Interface Guidelines
  • Allows the Home Screen to rotate to Landscape
  • Removes the SMS/Messages, Phone, Calculator, Clock, Weather, and Stocks apps
Initial Release
3.2.1 7B405 July 15, 2010
  • Fixes a bug that caused poor Wi-Fi connectivity on the iPad (1st generation)[10]
  • Adds support for using Microsoft Bing as a search engine
  • Improves reliability of the iPad's video-out capabilities when used with a VGA adapter
  • Fixes a bug with copy+paste and PDF documents
Bug Fixes
3.2.2 7B500 August 11, 2010
  • Fixes a bug where viewing a maliciously crafted PDF led to arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes a bug where code running as user may gain system privileges[11]
Bug Fixes
  1. ^ a b iPod Touch (3rd generation) only
  2. ^ a b Re-release of 3.1.1 for iPod Touch (3rd generation) only

System features

Cut, copy, or paste

iPhone OS 3 introduced a "cut, copy, or paste" bubble dialog when users press and hold text. The "paste" button would incorporate anything stored in the device's clipboard into the marked area.[12][13][14]

Spotlight

Spotlight is a system-wide indexing and search feature, aiming to help users search their device for specific contacts, email messages, calendar appointments, multimedia files, apps and more. It is accessed by swiping to the right from the home screen.[15]

Home screen

iPhone OS 3 expands the maximum number of pages on the home screen to 11, for a total number of 180 apps.[16]

Find My iPhone

Users with subscriptions to MobileMe were able to remotely track, lock, and erase their iPhones if lost.

App features

Messages

The Messages app received native support for the Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), allowing users to send and receive messages that also contain pictures, contacts, locations, voice recordings, and video messages.[17][12]

Camera and Photos

The Camera app introduced video recording for the iPhone 3GS.[18][16]

The Photos app featured a new copy button and the ability to delete multiple photos at once.[16]

Cost

Upgrading to iPhone OS 3 was free for iPhone. Upgrading to iPhone OS 3 originally cost iPod Touch users $9.95;[19] updating to 3.1x or 3.2x from 2.x cost only $4.95.[20][21]

iPhone OS 3 was the last major version of iOS for which there was a charge for iPod Touch users to upgrade. Starting with iOS 4, iOS upgrades became free for all users, including users of iPod Touch, as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was revised to allow software upgrades for free with non-subscription-based hardware.

Supported devices

Version history: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

Main article: iOS version history § iPhone OS 3

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