iOS 4 updated on my iPhone 3G

Posted by steve | Apple Software and Hardware,Mobile Phones | Monday 21 June 2010 8:21 pm

Apple released iOS 4 (formerly iPhone OS 4) today. And like most probably all other iPhone owners I was eager to install this free update.

By the way, this is still one of the cool things I admire about the iPhone. Every year there’s a free major software update. And it’s always a worthwhile update. I just don’t remember this sort of thing when I had a Motorola Verizon phone.

Holding back my enthusiasm, I did a little research first. A little reading around the internet yielded some general advice to actually synch with a backup and then perform a full restore (wiping the phone clean and the automatically re-installing all the apps, music, photos, videos, podcasts, …) you get the idea.

It took a little while to go through a full backup and restore. I then downloaded the free update and allowed iTunes to perform the firmware upgrade on my iPhone.

The update went without a hitch. I have to admit, and I’m sure Apple intends this to be a compelling reaction, after poking around the new iOS, I want the full new hardware that iPhone 4 brings. Patience, and wait for it.

In the mean time I really dig the new Folders feature and immediately went folder crazy and reduced how many pages of iPhone apps I have installed, in favor of convenient folders. But the really cool app was the new iBooks app for the iPhone made available with iOS 4. You need to go to the App Store and do a free download to get it. I was just playing around with it – downloaded 2 free books and 2 sample book sections. iBooks on the iPhone is quite functional and easy to read. Nice software.

I’m now sending myself some PDF documents via email. The iPhone email client will allow me to save these PDF documents to the iBook reader. Can’t wait to see how that works out.

All in all, the update was painless except that it took about an hour.

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  1. Comment by Bill gwynne — June 21, 2010 @ 9:28 pm

    Good advice about the backup restore; I’ll try it as soon as I get home from the Monday night salsa gig.

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