Refreshing bite of the apple

or how I took my iPhone 3G and kept it up to date

So the new iPhone 4’s are out and looking very nice.??One thing I love about it is the general shape, although it actually reminds me of Clares old Nokia N78

This however has left my iPhone 3G looking a little out of date. Apple have released iOS4 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_(Apple)) which has offered some enhancements such as

  • Multitasking *
  • Home screen wallpaper *
  • Folders for Homepage Icons
  • A unified email inbox
  • iBooks bookstore
  • Notes syncing over wireless
  • Exchange 2010 compatability
  • A better spellchecker

A good list of items, but wait, what are those asterisks ???

iPhone 3GS and IPhone 4 only

At two years old my 3G can’t keep up with those features. My 4 year old windows HTC could do those. Thankfully, I’m not the only one feeling that way, and the very active jailbreaking community has the answer.

So I updated the phone to iOS4, then popped over to http://blog.iphone-dev.org/ and grabbed the latest redsn0w. Pointing it at my itunes ipsw file, one quick reboot later, and this asterisks no longer prevent my 3G from multitasking or having homepage wallpaper.

I am a happy geek again.

Update
There are multiple posts around the web of iOS4 crippling some 3G models (http://www.reghardware.com/2010/06/22/apple_ios4_upgrade_issues/), thankfully this isn’t an issue that I’ve had.