Wrapping up Apple's iPhone OS 3.0 event (Updated 6x)

Summary:Scott Forstall, Apple VP of iPhone software today announced that 100 new features and 1,000 new APIs are coming to iPhone OS 3.0 this summer.

Scott Forstall, Apple VP of iPhone software today announced that 100 new features and 1,000 new APIs are coming to iPhone OS 3.0 this summer.

Highlights include:

  • New pricing models for subscriptions, additional levels and new content charges within apps
  • P2P wireless for iPhone, iPod touch
  • Accessories can communicate through the dock
  • A2DP -- Stereo Bluetooth
  • Push notifications
  • Cut, copy and paste
  • Landscape mode for Apple apps
  • Shake to shuffle iPhone and iPod touch
  • WiFi auto-login for hotspots

New Apps:

  • Messages app -- MMS
  • Voice Memo app -- free?
  • Spotlight -- standalone app and integrated search across some apps

Spotlight-aware Apps:

  • Address Book
  • Mail -- can only search email headers, not message content
  • Calendar
  • iPod
  • Notes -- entire note
  • iPod -- music & movies
  • third-party apps

Updated Apps:

  • Stocks -- gets more info
  • Calendar -- Exchange, CalDAV and calendar subscriptions
  • Notes -- now syncs (only with MobileMe)
  • Safari -- Anti-phishing, remember login credentials
  • YouTube -- log in, share and save favorite videos, subscribe to channels, etc.

New API's:

  • Maps API -- embed maps in apps
  • Email sheet -- so apps don't have to quit
  • Proximity sensors
  • iPod library access
  • Streaming audio and video over HTTP -- goes through firewalls
  • Data detectors
  • VoIP APIs


  • Parental Controls extend to movies, TV shows, and App Store Support for more languages, improved keyboard for them as well.

That make the "still missing" features:

  • Flash/Video
  • Camera improvements -- video recording, image stabilization
  • Voice dialing
  • Data tethering over Bluetooth
  • Multitasking
  • Bluetooth keyboard/mouse support

Rumors that didn't pan out:

  • Tablet
  • Verizon Wireless carrier agreement
  • "Velvet Rope" section of the App Store
  • Time Capsule interface

How did Apple do?

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Hardware, iPhone


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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