|Version of the iOS operating system|
|Source model||Closed, with open source components|
|Initial release||June 17, 2009|
|Latest release||3.2.2 (7B500) / August 11, 2010|
|Update method||iTunes through a computer|
|Package manager||App Store|
|Kernel type||Hybrid (XNU)|
|License||Proprietary software except for open-source components|
|Preceded by||iPhone OS 2|
|Succeeded by||iOS 4|
|Official website||Apple - iPhone - New features in the iPhone 3.0 Software Update at the Wayback Machine (archived August 18, 2009)|
|Obsolete, extremely limited 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.
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.
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.
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.
iPhone OS 3 expands the maximum number of pages on the home screen to 11, for a total number of 180 apps.
Users with subscriptions to MobileMe were able to remotely track, lock, and erase their iPhones if lost.
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.
The Camera app introduced video recording for the iPhone 3GS.
The Photos app featured a new copy button and the ability to delete multiple photos at once.
Upgrading to iPhone OS 3 was free for iPhone. Upgrading to iPhone OS 3 originally cost iPod Touch users $9.95; updating to 3.1.x from 2.x cost only $4.95.
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.
|Version||Build||Codename||Release date||Notes||Update type|
|3.0||7A341||Kirkwood||June 17, 2009||Initial release on iPhone 3GS
|3.0.1||7A400||July 31, 2009||Fixes a bug that allowed a maliciously crafted SMS message to allow arbitrary code execution||Bug Fixes|
|Northstar||September 9, 2009
September 17, 2009[b]
|3.1.2||7D11||October 8, 2009||
|3.1.3||7E18||SUNorthstarTwo||February 2, 2010||
|iPad (1st generation) only:|
|3.2||7B367||Wildcat||April 3, 2010||Initial release on iPad (1st generation).
|3.2.1||7B405||July 15, 2010||
|3.2.2||7B500||August 11, 2010||