Ever since the iPhone 3.0 software update was announced back in January 2009, people have been eagerly anticipating its release, if only for the much-wanted cut, copy and paste functionality that every other top smartphone has as a basic feature. However, there has been very few times in which I’ve really thought I wish I could copy/paste that – must be the way that I use my iPhone, perhaps I use it more as checking device, rather than a doing device?
The day had arrived, 6pm (BST) on 17th June 2009 – time for the iPhone 3.0 software update!
Anyway, I was in two minds whether to try upgrading my iPhone to the 3.0 software at the same time as the masses of other people as this would be the first time I’ve done this kind of major update, I didn’t want anything to go wrong with it as I could do without the hassle of having to get everything up and running again on yet another operating system (O/S) – I’d just spent the last few days getting Windows 7 RC completely up to speed with all the software applications use. Turns out that’s how I was going to be spending my evening though!
I thought I’d leave it alone for the time being, but upon plugging my iPhone 3G (PAYG) into the computer to charge, up popped that ever-so tempting prompt saying there’s a new update for your iPhone, do you want to download it?….I admit it, I was weak-willed in that moment and clicked the “of course I want to upgrade my iPhone to an even better, shinier version!” button.
Well it didn’t take long for the 3.0 software update download to complete and the iPhone upgrading process began and all was looking good until the final step came in which the iPhone needs to be re-activated/authorised though iTunes…which wasn’t responding and continued to not respond for quite some time…well it seemed a long time to have your mobile phone in a completely useless state, in reality it might only have been an hour or so.
But in that time, I soon saw on Twitter than I wasn’t alone, which made me feel somewhat better to know that I wasn’t the only one with this frustration and that I hadn’t done something wrong to break my iPhone – another handy use of Twitter there, people were telling each other to hold off on upgrading if you hadn’t already started while others had already started to complain of an #applefail in not being able to cope with the demand – which to be fair I’m guessing was rather substantial at that particular time!
Then once my iPhone had been re-activated, I foolishly ticked the “Sync Applications” tick box for the first time on my Windows 7 RC installation (I’m guessing this was teh problem and it wasn’t to do with the iPhone 3.0 update specifically), which meant I lost most of my installed apps with only a few random ones left on the device, not sure how or why they stayed when the others didn’t, oh well. I then spent another hour re-installing my favourite apps – good thing I thought to screenshot them all before the upgrade!
So…all in all, it wasn’t the best of nights for me, somewhat frustrating and by the time I’d got my iPhone back into a usable state, I was too tired to actually try out any of the new features of the 3.0 software update! But I will be testing out the various features in the next few days and will then come back with what I think to them, will Apple impress me with them?
Have you upgraded your iPhone to the 3.0 software update? What did you think to the whole experience? Was it more easy going than mine was? Will this make you stick with your iPhone 3G rather than upgrade to iPhone 3GS?