screenshot_01The newest iPhone update, OS 3.1, was released today. It is a free update for all iPhone and iPod Touch owners.

Some of the new features reveiled at the Apple event today are:

– New Geneius feature for apps and games. The App Store can now recommend apps, based on what you’ve already purchased.

– Have iTunes create up to 12 playlists based on what’s already in your library. You don’t even have to choose a sample song.

– There are now over 30,00 ringtones to download from the mobile iTunes Store, for $1.29 each.

– Organize apps, in iTunes! Use iTunes on your computer to drag apps onto virtual Home screens, then sync them to your iPhone.

Phone OS 3.1 also includes these features and updates:

– 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

– Save video from Mail and MMS into Camera Roll

– 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

– Use Voice Control on iPhone 3GS with Bluetooth headsets

– 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

Also released today is iTunes 9.

There is quite a lot of new features in the new iTunes. I’m really glad we can now iphonesync20090909rearrange our apps and games right in iTunes! Much easier then poking them around with your finger. “Home Sharing” is great, if you have more than one computer in the house. You can now share your library with up to 5 computers, on one iTunes account.

For a full list of all the new iTunes stuff, visit

Apple also updated their iPods. New colours and new headphones for the shuffle. The Touch is getting a price cut (8GB is now $199), and a memory increase (64GB model now available). The Classic got a memory boost; now 160GB for the same price.

The big iPod news was the Nano getting a video camera! The iPod Nano actually got a slew of new features, at no extra charge. They are all the same price! New features include: camera for pictures and video recording, external speaker, FM radio, voice recorder, pedometer, and a slightly larger display. I nice upgrade, making this the smallest, thinest, video camera I’ve ever seen!


Here’s a bit of the new Sync feature in action: