I followed the live coverage of the iPhone 3.0 event over at GDGT Live and am leaning more and more towards picking up an iPhone 3G for myself soon. The key improvements include:
- notifications via a push server
- Bluetooth improvements (including A2DP)
- landscape orientation and keyboard support in all key apps (including email)
- search in contacts and calendar
- more involved developer API support
The cut/copy/paste implementation looks fantastic and is a nice addition that will have bloggers like me who assemble stories with links and text from various places into a single document.
The Bluetooth improvements are not all completely clear to me yet, but they did show connecting to other iPhones via Bluetooth and connecting to medical gear. We didn't see any Bluetooth keyboard support, which would be a bonus for me to get some serious writing done on the go.
The landscape support finally has better consistency across applications, especially when it comes to email.
MMS may not seem like a big deal for those with iPhones and data plans, however as a father of two teenage daughters who do not have data plans MMS is a pretty big deal. MMS may actually be the thing that kicked me over the edge to pick up a new iPhone.
Search in contacts and calendars is HUGE IMHO! I use this all the time on my Windows Mobile devices to find emails on my Exchange server and this support was something I wasn't even expecting, yet is very welcome.
Many people may not care about A2DP support, but using the Nokia BH-903 headset with my E71 has been fantastic with no skipping on any podcast or song so this is a HUGE deal for me as well.
I know many of these things are already present on Windows Mobile, S60, Android, Palm, and BlackBerry devices, but you have to admit Apple's implementation is pretty dang slick and with the amazing number and quality of cheap applications it is tough to resist.
Keep in mind the MMS and A2DP improvements are not supported on the original iPhone. The update will be available for free to iPhone users this summer and $9.95 for iPod touchh owners.
Are these improvements enough for you? Will there be hardware announced in the next few months so that people should wait to pick up an iPhone 3G?