How does 3.0 beta 1 compare to last year's 2.0 beta?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TheSpaz, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    This one goes out to the devs that had to use 2.0 beta.

    In terms of bugs and problems... how do you think 3.0 compares to the early betas of 2.0?

    I'm wondering how much work Apple has to do to 3.0. I'm really, really, really hoping we don't end up with a final release of 3.0 that is like how 2.0 was at first. By the time 2.1 came around... it was like a breath of fresh air and when 2.2 hit it was like "Holy cow this is nice!" and when 2.2.1 came out... it pretty much fixed the last few big bugs.

    Just as they get things pretty much perfect, they have to go ahead and change it again... hehe. I'm not complaining though because we're getting really great stuff in 3.0 and it's only gonna get better with 3.1 and 3.2!
  2. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    It is exactly 670% better. This beta actually has new features.
  3. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    I thought 2.0 had new features...
  4. PoitNarf macrumors 65816


    May 28, 2007
    Northern NJ
    Yes, it had tons of new features.
  5. Tedeks macrumors newbie


    Mar 24, 2009
    Just a little slow that is all....well maybe a little more then a little slow :)
  6. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Yeah, but the features 3.0 comes with are actually useful.
  7. Mikey B macrumors 65816

    Mikey B

    Jan 4, 2008
    the island
    Way more excited with 3.0 than I was with the 2.0 beta. Well, to clarify, Apple didn't let me into the dev program until well after 2.0 went public so it had a cloud of mystery around it that made it seem exciting but as far as features go, 3.0 is where it's at.
  8. PoitNarf macrumors 65816


    May 28, 2007
    Northern NJ
    Just because you didn't find the features introduced in 2.0 useful doesn't mean that everyone else feels the same way. The ability to connect to the WPA Enterprise WiFi network at my job as well as using email on the Exchange server here made my iPhone 10x more useful than it was with 1.0.
  9. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    2.0 features:

    OS Enhancements
    Certificates and Identities
    Ability to turn Wi-Fi back on while in Airplane mode
    Cisco IPsec VPN support
    Ability to take screen-capture by holding the Sleep/Wake button and pressing Home
    Ability to save pics from Safari or Mail to Photos[9]
    Bonjour service discovery protocol
    Support for SVG
    Parental controls
    App Store (to manage third-party applications) with home screen icon
    Password letters are momentarily visible while typing
    Ability to turn Location Services on or off
    Applications that use Location Services prompt user for confirmation 3 times.
    Tapping the title bar scrolls to the top in most apps
    Language Support
    Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Dutch, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese language interface in iPhone, previously these languages were only in the iPod Touch since 1.1.1[10]
    Extra keyboard languages including Chinese and Korean and Russian
    Support for Traditional and Simplified Chinese handwriting recognition
    settings grouped
    Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support
    Support for Apple's new MobileMe service
    Push e-mail
    Ability to select an outgoing email account within Mail appliction[11]
    Support for BCC in Mail application
    Multiple email delete/move
    Ability to view MS Office attachments
    Ability to view iWork attachments, including Pages, Numbers, and Keynote[12]
    Contacts icon on "Home" screen
    Ability to search contacts
    Global Address List
    Push contacts
    Ability to import SIM contacts
    Multiple calendars supported in Calendar with color coding (desktop colors only preserved if using Mobile Me)
    New "Calendar" menu in "Settings"[13]
    Push calendar
    Enterprise enhancements
    Enforced security policies
    Device configuration
    Remote wipe
    Video can be shown in either landscape orientation (instead of just landscape left)
    Videos in playlists & music videos can be shown in portrait or landscape orientation
    Sound fade-out when exiting a video
    Other Apps
    Updated calculator with extra features in portrait mode, a scientific calculator in landscape mode and an updated icon.

    The updated calculator in the iPhone 2.0 firmware.
    Updated iTunes with a new icon and reordered category icons within iTunes application.
    Camera now supports Geotagging[14]
    YouTube plugin for Safari[15]
  10. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    I'd say it's about at the level of Beta 3 or 4 for OS 2.0 from a stability level. You have to remember though that OS 2.0 was a massive architectural change from OS 1.0 (before 2.0, everything ran as root, there was no sandboxing, etc, etc) so I don't know how much can realistically be inferred fro m that.
  11. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Well, yeah. Those features were in the final release of 2.0 ... but half of them weren't in the beta, and of the half that were in the beta, most were unusable.

    Let's compare this beta to the 2.0 beta, just like the title says.
  12. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    I thought I remember the "mobile" user being introduced in OS 1.1.3. That's what a lot of 1.1.2 jailbroken apps wouldn't run in 1.1.3.
  13. nickspohn macrumors 68040


    Jun 9, 2007
  14. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Yeah, but the Springboard and all apps were run as root. I'm not sure why mobile even existed.

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