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A Quick “How-To” Guide for iPhone iOS4

iOS4, the latest version of the iPhone Operating System has finally been released to the public — for free.

After updating my iPhone 3GS’s firmware to the new iOS4, I immediately realized that as always, the new functionality isn’t really intuitive for most users.

So Here’s a Brief “How-To” Guide for iOS4:

Device Compatibility

The new iOS 4 update will not work for the following devices:

  • Original iPhone
  • First 2 Generations of iPod Touch Devices

iOS4 is verified to be compatible with:

  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3GS
  • 2009 iPod Touch (3rd-generation)
  • iPhone 4


The availability of this feature is only for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 devices.  Simply double tap your home button while running a program, and the screen slide upward to reveal your “task manager” style menu.  This allows you to quickly switch between programs.  You can swipe on these icons to scroll rightwards through all of the open applications four at a time, tapping to switch between them, or holding down on any one of them to bring up red circles that stop the selected application immediately.

Application Folders

Simply drag and drop an application into another application, and iOS4 will automatically create an application folder.  You can rename the folder to your preferences and add additional applications into the folder as you wish.  Folders can be moved much like an individual application can.

Mail Updates

iOS4 includes the addition of a “All Inboxes” folder, as well as the separation of “Inboxes” verses “Accounts.”  Apple calls it the “unified inbox,” the aggregation of multiple email account inboxes into a single scrolling list that’s also described as “All Inboxes,” removing your need to check separate accounts by tapping multiple times and flipping from inbox to inbox.  Messages are now threaded, similarly to how Gmail handles threaded “email conversations.”  You can turn off the threaded email feature by going to SETTINGS < MAIL, CONTACTS, CALENDAR < ORGANIZE BY THREAD.

iPhone Wallpaper

Your wallpaper is now visible behind your icons.  You can change this by going to SETTINGS < WALLPAPER.

Internet Tethering

You can share your iPhone’s Internet Connection with your computer via Bluetooth or USB, but this will incur additional fees via AT&T.  Simply go to: SETTINGS < NETWORK < SET UP INTERNET TETHERING.

Cellular Data

This may have been an existing setting, but I don’t remember it, so I’ll mention it.  If you go to SETTINGS < NETWORK < CELLULAR DATA, it appears that you can have some control over when your phone is allowed to access data via AT&T’s DATA network.


Apple iPhone 3.1 Software Update

Apple iPhone 3.1 Software Release

On Wednesday, September 9th, Apple released the iPhone 3.1 software upgrade. As expected, Apple’s servers were bombarded with traffic, but thanks to a file of projects on my desk I avoided the train wreck that accompanies iPhone software updates.

This evening, I was able to quickly and easily upgrade iTunes and our iPhones. However, I quickly realized that after upgrading to iTunes, I was not able to sync my iPhone 3GS to my laptop. In fact, all the system would do was return the following error code:

iTunes could not connect to this iPhone because an unknown error occurred (0xE8000065).


After a while, I was able to figure out that the sync cable (iPod) that I typically use to sync my iPhone at work, doesn’t work with the new software upgrades! So if you’re getting this error, you MUST sync your iPhone with a genuine iPhone cable!

Rest assured that there’s already an extensive library of articles chronicling Apple’s latest iPhone software innovations, so I’ll just provide you with a “Cliff Notes” version of what to expect from the iPhone 3.1 Software Update.

  • Apple’s extended its Genius media-recommendation algorithm to iPhone applications. It looks at the apps you already own and makes recommendations based on that information.
  • Enhanced Ringtone Purchasing & Features.
  • New Syncing Options for Households with multiple computers.
  • iTunes gift cards, codes, and certificate redemption in both the iTunes and App Stores.
  • Ability to save videos from both Mail and MMS into the iPhone’s Camera Roll.
  • Voice Control is now accessible via a Bluetooth headset (iPhone 3GS).
  • iTunes’ Genius Mixes automatically creates mixes based on what’s already in your library.
  • Visual iPhone App Organizer via iTunes.
  • Improved syncing for music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and photos.
  • iTunes U content organization.
  • Redeem iTunes Gift Cards, codes, and certificates in the App Store.
  • Display available iTunes account credits in the App Store and iTunes Store.
  • Option to “Save as new clip” when trimming a video on iPhone 3GS.
  • Better iPhone 3G Wi-Fi performance when Bluetooth is turned on.
  • Remotely lock iPhone with a passcode via MobileMe.
  • Paste phone numbers into the keypad.
  • Option to use Home button to turn on accessibility features on iPhone 3GS.
  • Warn when visiting fraudulent websites in Safari (anti-phishing).
  • Improved Exchange calendar syncing and invitation handling.
  • Fixes issue that cause some app icons to display incorrectly.
Apple iPhone 3.1 Software Update

iPhone 2.1 Firmware Upgrade

iPhone 2.1 Firmware Upgrade

The iPhone 2.1 software update contains many bug fixes and improvements. To get it, connect your iPhone to your computer using iTunes 8 and click ‘Check for Update.’

  • Decrease in call set-up failures and dropped calls
  • Significantly better battery life for most users
  • Dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes
  • Improved email reliability, notably fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
  • Faster installation of 3rd party applications
  • Fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes for users with lots of third party applications
  • Improved performance in text messaging
  • Faster loading and searching of contacts
  • Improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display
  • Repeat alert up to two additional times for incoming text messages
  • Option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts
  • Genius playlist creation