Undocumented Tweaks in 3.0

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Lizard Tree, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. Lizard Tree macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009
    I downloaded 3.0 to my 1G and it seems to run smoother. However, this could be attributable to the equivalent of a "Restore" when 3.0 replaced 2.2.1.

    However, I did find some nice new features:

    1. Under the Time Bar when playing Podcasts, instead of icons for "Shuffle-Genius-Repeat" it now has icons for "Email-Rewind 30 Seconds-Change Speed"

    2. Under the Time Bar when playing Audiobooks, instead of icons for "Shuffle-Genius-Repeat" it now has icons for "Repeat-Rewind 30 Seconds-Change Speeds"

    This is great. I can't tell you how many times I have needed to rewind a Podcast or Audiobook about 30 seconds and have had to slowly adjust the time bar. 30 seconds is about perfect! Change speeds is nice, too, for some of those long-winded podcasts - you don't need to go into the settings anymore.

    3. When deleting Podcasts from the Touch, you now only need to swipe the podcast, get the "Delete" button, and touch it. No more second step of confirming or canceling the delete. I'm not sure how I feel about this yet.

    My Notes did Sync to Outlook.

    I haven't tried the WIFi Hotspot remember feature yet.
  2. benolathe macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2007
    hmm ... the new controls under the Podcast Time Bar sound interesting, but I do not see those. I am using an iPod Touch, not an iPhone - but wouldn't think that would make a difference for this tidbit.
  3. andyffer macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2009
    I have the bar.

    Also another "undocumented tweak" (so I think) is when you are looking at the Slide To Unlock screen, and double press the home button it displays more info about what you are listening to. Song name, artist, and album
  4. benolathe macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2007
    Great - I can see the more song info.

    But is there something specific you need to touch on the screen to show the new bar in the Podcasts?
  5. andyffer macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2009
    Hey, the thread is asking for undocumented tweaks. I never said it was a cool one lol. I dont know if I want to tell you about the podcast thing. :cool:

    If it aint showing up you have to REALLY not be trying, blind, or your ipod is messssed up.
    See the top slider?

    WHICH leads me to my next undocumented findings..
    The fast forward and rewind.. "Scrubbing"
    When sliding the bar at the top to a spot in the song, you can choose how fast and slow you want to do it.
    It goes Full > Half > Quarter > Fine
  6. da151 macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2009
    Get more podcasts over wi-fi finally works

    I am so happy that with 3.0 when you download enhanced podcasts such as GDGT, engadget, and Macworld directly on the iPod touch they will play correctly and the chapters are recognized.
  7. benolathe macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2007
    Okay, figured out the problem. All of my podcasts are video - not audio. So, they automatically configure to landscape and have different controls.

    Mystery solved. :cool:
  8. sturigdson macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2006
    You know, I think you're right and wrong. What is GREAT is the new shuttle control speed variance, the rewind 30seconds, and the 0.5x-2x speed control change.

    What is NOT great, is the email a friend feature. How many times have you emailed a friend about a podcast? In fact, the only reason I can imagine wanting to email a friend about a podcast, it's about maybe the specific episode I'm listening to- but, unless I misunderstood, when I tried it on my ipod, it just sends the itunes store subscription button to the podcast itself, not the episode. So... To me, this is not at all worthwhile.

    AND. in fact, for me, and for the way I listen to podcasts, the loss of the Shuffle button within the podcasts is excruciating and very very frustrating. I build playlists of podcasts and then listen to them on shuffle throughout the day while I work, mixed with music in the same playlist.

    However, to start the day, or task, or whatever, I'll often want to listen to one specific podcast. i.e.: "hmm, today, I think I'll check out that cool new Sound of Young America!" or whatever, and then let the list continue from there. This capability is completely lost, and, frankly, I'm really really frustrated by it.

    I love the new search and playback features, but the email a friend is useless, and ultimately, all of them are completely silly without being able to play the podcasts as I wish to (shuffle within a playlist). I wish they would update the software with a simple preferences tweak to allow us to place whichever function we found most useful. I'd replace email with shuffle, but that's just me.

    It is, actually, the first time since I've bought the ipod Touch (first generation) that i've considered jailbreaking. Just because I could at least keep what I like about the new features but maintain my system.
  9. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Can't you just make a smart playlist with "podcast = true," then add whatever criteria you need to exclude podcasts you don't want, and shuffle that?
  10. Dale Sorel macrumors 6502a

    Dale Sorel

    Jan 12, 2003
    As far as I can tell, you only get this option after your podcasts have been backed up to iTunes. So it's not a problem for me.
  11. Tuvey macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2009
    New tweak

    Maps app on ipod touch now has street view. Before 3.0 only the iPhone had street view.
  12. arctic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2008
    I havent seen anyone mentioning this feature yet but now we can "hide" selected videos or apps using the Parental Restrictions in Settings. Now we dont need to buy an app that'll hide some videos from being displayed to whoever plays our iPods. From the mouth of Cartman, "SWEET!!!!". :D
  13. Lizard Tree thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009
    A couple of others

    When loading multi-part audiobooks, each part used to show up separately as an audiobook. Now only the first part shows up in the audiobook listing and when you touch that listing, a new screen appears with all of the parts. This likely only works if you put the correct information in the "Get Info" pages of the audiobook, but it works for me.

    There also are 2 more pages / screens for Apps. I believe there used to be 9 pages, and now there are 11.
  14. Lizard Tree thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009
  15. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    Never noticed this before, but when I touch the dots on the bottom of the home screen (showing you what screen you are on), it will navigate to the left or right, depending on what side of the dots you touch.

  16. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    Why do we need more than one of these threads? Especially when the other thread is pages and pages long and has every single feature in this thread mentioned already documented.

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