iPhone 3G S reviews are in – and so's OS 3.0
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In our tests, the voice dialing performed well. When using names, it understood us accurately most of the time. It made occasional mistakes--for example, it wanted to call "Siemens" instead of "Stephen"--but that's hardly unusual for a voice dialer. Voice Control performed better when using only numbers. We didn't have to speak loudly, except in noisy environments, but it was capable of filtering out most background noise. – Kent German for CNET
The company has changed the treatment on the surface of the touchscreen, utilizing an oleophobic coating -- essentially a protectant that's highly resistant to fingerprint smudging. For those of you constantly wiping burger grease, WD40, and various other toxic materials from your iPhone, this will come as a tremendous little perk. The most surprising thing about the tech is that it actually does what the company says it will: namely, it resists new smudges and wipes almost entirely clean with a single swipe on a pant leg. This wasn't exactly the most pressing issue we had with the phone, but it's nice to know that Apple is innovating in the dirty screen space. – Joshua Topolsky for Engadget
The upgraded iPhone will sell for a subsidized $199 or $299, depending on capacity, for new customers and those eligible for a standard upgrade through AT&T. Current iPhone owners not eligible for an upgrade must pay a $218 premium if they want the new hardware. New today, though, is word that, despite earlier reports, if you're eligible for an upgrade in July, August, or September, AT&T's letting you do so at the fully subsidized $199 or $299 price. AT&T customers can find out where they stand at AT&T.com/iphone.
iPhone OS 3.0
Of course, as any iPhone fan will tell you, the new hardware isn't the only thing to be excited about this week. Thursday saw the release of the iPhone 3.0 operating system. Enhancements include the long-awaited cut, copy, and paste functions; phone-wide search; turn-by-turn GPS navigation; voice dialing; and two promised-but-unavailable-in-the-US features: tethering and MMS support. Expect those later this summer, AT&T says.
One maligned feature that did arrive, though, was streaming live video. MLB.com's $9.99 At Bat app streams professional baseball games live to iPhones and iPod touches, and, unlike other steaming video apps, is reported to be able to do so over AT&T's 3G network. For now just a few games a day are available, but the league intends to roll out support for all games as the season progresses. A word of caution to those who would try to watch their hometown team through the app: broadcast rights limit availability to "out-of-market" games. So, no dice for fans planning on catching the first inning on their phones on the way to the stadium.
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