Monday, June 21, 2010
Apple iPhone: iOS 4 now available via iTunes!
The update on my iPhone 3G just finished right now several hours from when it started around 10:30am. Why?
It requires an iTunes update and for some several other security patches on their Apple Mac's.
Afterward, you'll have to deal with a full phone backup (still via iTunes, of course).
Eventually, you'll get to the firmware flashing part. You'll notice a progress bar on your iPhone itself and this is totally different from the progress bar displayed on iTunes.
Some field reports say the updates get stuck during the initial backup or just along the way. What to do?
I can only suggest what I did before hand last night which was to backup then reset the whole device. Afterward do back to the iOS 4 update steps again. Make sure you have enough hard drive space for the backups or you will run into other kinds of trouble.
As you can see, part of my reset and clean slate state was to forgo syncing all my personal media and stick to the iPhone apps. That will make the backup and restore processes less of a drag.
So, after a few minutes of the iPhone 3G with iOS 4, my comments?
Better icons in mail, an Internet Tethering under Networks that requires you to give AT&T a call for activation, signal indoors is no better but appears smarter to switch from 3G to Edge to allow for voice calls instead of default providing data quality above voice. Alas, its all makeup. To truly appreciate iOS 4 you need to match it with an iPhone 4G hardware.
By the way, today's iOS 4 update is only compatible for the iPhone 3G, 3Gs, and built-in to the 4G. Sorry iPhone 2G, you are now obsolete.