What’s new in iPhone 3.0 OS (Malaysia Edition)

The release of iPhone OS 3.0 is just around the corner. Even though it is just another a week away (morning of 17th June in US is almost 18th June for Malaysia), I kinda feel so eager to start using this new OS for iPhone.

The article on Gizmodo website titled iPhone OS 3.0 Now Available in Torrent really moved me. I finished downloading it Tuesday, and last night I just convinced that I’m too impatient to wait the official release, and decided to install this on my iPhone. According to the article, this one is the golden master, which Apple will distribute next week. But if this is not the final one, I can always upgrade later next week πŸ˜‰

There’s a page on Apple website listing out all the new features that OS 3.0 has got to offer. I hope that the topic of this entry has not misled you. I’m actually recapping those features with Malaysian iPhone user in mind. Let’s go through a few features that I feel like highlighting, shall we?

Home Screen

There are 3 different things that I notice on the Home Screen.

 
OS 2.2   OS 3.0

  • The messaging icon no longer have the SMS text in it, as now it supports both SMS and MMS. Instead being called Text previously, now it is called Messages
  • Icon for Stocks is also different, perhaps indicating that this is an enhanced Stocks App
  • A new app called Voice Memos

MMS

This is the very first feature that I test as soon as the installation of OS 3.0 on my iPhone finished. The missing of this option previously is very uneasy. I guess the service is not like normal MMS service that we set up on any other phone where the setting can be obtained from Maxis website. Also, there’s no option of setting up the MMS parameters in iPhone.

I use my house mate’s Nokia 5800 XpressMusic for testing as well, and the result is…

…it works already on Maxis. While in the US, AT&T will only offer MMS service late summer. I guess this is a thumbs up to Maxis of having this ready just before the new OS arrived, even the crappy 3G connection speed that I’m getting is still bothering me.

So, I’m able to send MMS. What about receiving one? Well, lets test that as well.

Yeap. MMS features seems to be working fine with the iPhone OS 3.0 on Maxis network already.

More on messaging

Every iPhone user must already feeling the pain of not able to delete individual SMS message last time, as well as forwarding any SMS received. This has been fixed in OS 3.0. You can now delete individual message, or forward it, and it works on both SMS and MMS.

New Languages & Countries

Malaysia wasn’t even in the list of countries that iPhone will launch at the time OS 2.2 is out. And when it’s out, the best time zone location that we can select is Singapore. Now Kuala Lumpur is already in the list.

You can also change the language of the whole iPhone itself to Bahasa Melayu.

And this is how it looks like when Bahasa Melayu is used. Hhhmmm. ‘Messages’ is still called SMS. It should be Mesej instead πŸ˜‰

iPhone is using software based intelligence keyboard where it predicts, suggests and correct words as you type. This feature works well when typing in English last time, but how often that I write SMS in English πŸ˜‰ I end up having this feature turned off previously as it’s really annoying suggesting unrelated words when you are typing in Malay. And you can’t change to Malay language as well as it’s not available. Not anymore. OS 3.0 now offers Malay language as one of the keyboards language that you can choose.

Once Malay language selected, you can choose Bahasa Melayu as the keyboard language whenever you need to type something.

Not quite sure who that Apple consulted when adding the Malay language feature in OS 3.0, but the Space button is called Spais and Return button is called Kembali. Well, ok lar!

Cut, Copy & Paste

This is another mostly awaited feature, which also a big pain in the previous OS of not able to do this. I tested this feature, and like it very much

Spotlight Search

Originally introduced in MacOS, now this feature is available on iPhone OS 3.0 too.

This will search everything on your iPhone of the items matching the search text that you type. What to be included in the search results can be customized from the setting.

Internet Tethering

One of the feature that I enjoy a lot on Windows Mobile platform (when using HTC Touch Pro last time) is using the phone as the modem. That time I have unlimited data plan with my Maxis Value 50, and I’ve been using it as modem to connect to the Internet when I’m on the move.

Can we do the same on iPhone? Nope! Unless you jailbreak your phone and install one of the third party application. I think this feature is vital. With the data plan that we have with Maxis iValue or iData, there’s no way that we will full utilize that just on iPhone. Fear no more my friend as OS 3.0 now offers Internet Tethering – sharing your Internet connection on iPhone with your laptop or desktop via Bluetooth or USB.

The same article that I mentioned earlier at the beginning of this post suggests that AT&T will only offer tethering only by end of this summer, and via a special data plan. I hope it’s not the case with Maxis, and lets test it just to make sure.

Tethering can be enabled at the Settings -> General -> Network.

Once enabled, your Windows should detect a new hardware now. In Windows XP it is detected as Apple Mobile Device Ethernet.

Once the driver is installed, iPhone is treated as another Local Area Network connection, and once connected, your laptop or desktop is connected to the Internet already.

And on your iPhone, there will be a flashing bar at the top of the screen with the text Internet Tethering

This bar will be shown everywhere, I guess as a visual alert that the Internet connection of the iPhone is being shared by your laptop or desktop.

Final words

With all of these new features introduced, I do believe that iPhone will now become a worth piece of device to own. Furthermore, the slashing down of the price of 8GB iPhone 3G (with the introduction of 16GB and 32GB iPhone 3G S) will definitely attract more new iPhone users. So what I’m eagerly waiting for next is how Maxis will offer this, and what’s the price will be πŸ˜‰

Imran

Technical Manager at one of the market researcher company in KL who does blogging on his free time. Love cats very much. Always fascinated with new technology (as well as spending money on it)

19 Responses

  1. zaif says:

    wahh dah upgrade dah os 3.0.. i nak tunggu this 17 lah baru update.. thru itunes..

  2. alan says:

    hi, do u know what will be the charges of MMS by Maxis for iphone. ?

  3. Imran says:

    zaif: hehe. tulah. tak sabar. 17hb nih pun klu dia kuar OS version yg lagi baru compared to the one that i have ni, i will download again

    alan: hhmm. that's a very good question. but i bet it will be the same as what we pay normally. at the moment, below are the charges

    Maxis to Maxis – RM 0.25 per MMS
    Maxis to Email – RM 0.25 per MMS
    Maxis to Digi – RM 0.50 per MMS
    Maxis to Celcom – RM 0.50 per MMS
    International MMS – RM 1.00 per MMS

  4. Anonymous says:

    great review ! How is the speed of Internet Tethering in ur PC. ?

  5. Imran says:

    Hi Anonymous. It would be the same as what I get when using 3G modem last time. But since this is iPhone 3G, you won't be getting the HSDPA connection, which is fast. You can get that only if you upgrade to iPhone 3GS (when they're here) πŸ˜‰

  6. hanum says:

    hi! this is by far the best review so far… u answered all the questions in my mind. two thumbs up! tak sabar nye, bila boleh update thru itunes ni…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Very very good review. In KL. Singapore iPhone 3G full unlock. Downloading 3.0 now from *ahem* websites.

    Thanks for all the quick review. Support for MMS and tethering with no configuration, very promising.

  8. Imran says:

    hanum: tnx. hehe.. puji lebih2 plak. dah kembang lubang hidung ni

    anonymous: it turned out the one that mr *ahem* offered is the final one already, the one that is on itunes now. so happy downloading and upgrading πŸ˜‰

  9. jef says:

    hey jef here. best rasanya dapat upgrade ke os 3.0 tapi mine is 1st generation iphone. so, takde ke mms eh??

  10. Imran says:

    Hi jef. nampak gayanya MMS support memang takde utk 1st generation iphone

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/No-MMS-for-iPhone-2G-with-OS-3-0-114269.shtml

  11. someone says:

    i am a malaysian and i just unlocked my iphone and using thje os 3.0 but my internet thetering seem missing..by the way i am using at&t do u have any suggestion..anyone wanna unlocked their iphone can just simply install the cydia and download yellow sn0w and unlock your iphone3g

  12. Imran says:

    hi someone. i’m not quite sure about unlocked phone. i guess you need to search to forum about that

  13. ed says:

    i cannot find the internet tethering at all. my phone is from singapore and it’s unlocked, so i dont need to crack it right? it worked fine even now i have upgraded to OS3, i just cannot find the tethering at all… help…. i am using digi, is that ok?

  14. arzeq says:

    Slm Imran. Really a nice review. I just upgrade my 2G to 3.0, love the landscape capability and i can use MMS.

    For Jef.. Install the file “ActivateMMS2G” from the ispazio repo in Cydia. If you are using Maxis, it will automatically configure the MMS. After install go to SETTING, there is an option for MESSAGES and you can set MMS there.

    Digi Setting
    APN: digimms
    APN name: mms
    APN password: mms
    MMSproxy : 203.92.128.160
    MMSC: http://mms.digi.com.my/servlets/mms

    Celcom 3g Setting
    APN: celcom3g
    Username:
    Password:
    MMSC: http://mms.celcom.net.my
    MMS Proxy: 10.128.1.242:8080

    Celcom MMS GPRS Settings
    APN:mms.celcom.net.my
    Username:
    Password:
    MMSC: http://mms.celcom.net.my
    MMS Proxy: 10.128.1.242:8080

    Sory Imran.. taken a lot of your comment space.. hehe

  15. Imran says:

    Salam arzeq. Hey no worries. And thanks also for the MMS setting for other telco. That would help others a lot πŸ˜‰ If you don’t mind, I want to blog about those setting in a new separate entry. Will give credit to you.

  16. Chidananda says:

    Hi Friends,

    I’m Chidananda from India. I have been using iPhone (2.1 Version) for the past few months. Currently I’m in Kuala Lumpur. I wanted to upgrade my iPhone OS to 3.0. As I don’t have any computer with me, I was searching for centre in KL where I can get my OS upgraded.

    Can you guys suggest any place in KL where I can get my OS upgraded to 3.0 for about 50 RM along with few applications?

    Terima kashi.

    Waiting for your reply..

  17. Imran says:

    Hi Chidananda.
    I guess the best place for you to go is either “Sungai Wang Plaza” or “Low Yat Plaza”. Both are next to each other. Just ask around and go for the shop that offers you the best price.

  18. Chidananda says:

    Thanks Imran. Will check the shops around Sungai Wang Plaza. Had already checked at Low Yat Plaza. Could not get good deal. I’m looking for a good price at around 50-75 RM.

    Thanks.

  19. tcl says:

    spais? sepatutnya "jarak"…ni kena beri maklum balas kpd pihak apple ni!

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