iPhone OS 3.0 - What's new ...

iPhone OS 3.0 - What's new ...

Summary: Here's a rundown of what's new in the iPhone OS 3.0 ...

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Here's a rundown of what's new in the iPhone OS 3.0:

  • Copy, cut and paste across all apps. Even supports copying photos into messages.
  • Landscape keyboard on all apps that make use of a keyboard.
  • MMS support.
  • Push notification via Apple servers.
  • In-App Purchase within paid apps and games.
  • Core Location now supports turn-by-turn directions.
  • Support for peer-to-peer connectivity.
  • Apps will be able to communicate with accessories.
  • New games announced (such as The Sims 3 Talk from EA).
  • Across the board Spotlight search.
  • Maps now accessible via API.
  • In all, 1,000 new APIs.
  • 100 new features.
  • Loads of minor feature tweaks such as YouTube account support. iTunes account creation. VPN. Proxy support. Note sync. Meetings invite. Call log ... and much, much more.
  • iPhone developers will see OS 3.0 now, general release will be "summer" - free for iPhone users, $10 for iPod touch users.

Note: No MMS and A2DP on original iPhone.

Most of the major updates here were pretty predictable (and, to be honest, long overdue). What hadn't been anticipated was the In-App Purchase which promises to be a vacuum hose in the user's pocket as far as apps go. Expect those apps that you paid for to ask you for more and more money soon!

Push notifications also seems like they could be a pain. Basically these are nessages sent to users via software that are encapsulated in a dialog box similar to the low battery warning. These dialog boxes are modal which mean that you have to deal with them there and then. That seems awfully last millenium to me and I'm surprised Apple didn't take the opportunity to revamp the entire popup mechanism. It all seems awfully clumsy to me, and it'll be made worse by apps all competing for face time.

Topics: Collaboration, Browser, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility

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  • Every silver lining has a cloud

    eh, Adrian?
    frgough
    • Are you suggesting Mobile OS X v3 is perfect?

      If you aren't then is there anything wrong with pointing out what isn't perfect?

      Or is it that you object to people who aren't as loyal to Apple as you are being the ones to point out what isn't perfect? The thing is, if we didn't, no one would, and you wouldn't have your precious copy and paste in v3. :)
      NonZealot
  • Nothing new or inspirational in your blog. That's surprising (NOT!) (NT)

    NT
    No More Microsoft Software Ever!
  • An honest assesment!

    Being a non "Apple worshiping" consumer, it is nice to read about these items from someone other then an ABMer, or Apple enthusiast, where I doubt they have my best interest at heart.
    GuidingLight
  • The Evolution of a Platform

    Maybe Adrian's right, the features are overdue. They only
    meet and don't exceed expectations.

    The only small problem with this view is that it has
    suffered brain death.

    "Sure, it may be a tad reductive... but brain-dead?"

    The growth and popularity of the iPhone platform has been
    exceptional. Any arguments? It has been exceptional even
    in the absence of these new features. The reductive view
    never predicted or explained the popularity. The reductive
    view has and continues to remain ignorant of the power of
    software over the gadget; the virtues of integration... both
    of software/hardware and device/hub; the importance of
    platform (development) and marketplace(store); the birth
    of a tactile UI and real handset web surfing. Lastly, it is
    most ignorant of the cumulative effect of all. I said it
    before, this is the cavemen at the obelisk in 2001. Unsure
    and afraid of the formless thing.

    This device is not taking damage from the bloggers blunt instruments. Bricking, jail breaking have not slowed the
    uptake. Pull my finger apps and shunned developers
    haven't slowed the app sales. Posters have contributed
    his/her reasons for not buying an iPhone, then to make
    sure we all heard, they came back the next day and did it
    all over again. How interesting has that been? To know
    with so much frequency and with such detail, all the
    reasons why this device needed to be avoided. Well none
    of that froth stemmed the tide either.

    So thanks peanut gallery, for chiming in again and giving
    us the new reasons not to buy an iPhone. The new reasons
    are just as valid as the old. Just bear in mind that the
    history of criticism is beginning to look like a legacy of
    sour grapes and insecurity. This device came out of the
    gate being orders of magnitude smarter than most of the
    critical dialogue that swirled around it. Even as the device
    itself evolves, that hasn't changed one bit.


    Harry Bardal
    • Oh the delicious irony

      [i]This device is not taking damage from the bloggers blunt instruments. Bricking, jail breaking have not slowed the uptake.[/i]

      You might not have wanted to post that right after the iPhone showed a QoQ 40% drop in sales. :)

      [i]Posters have contributed his/her reasons for not buying an iPhone, then to make sure we all heard, they came back the next day and did it all over again. How interesting has that been? To know with so much frequency and with such detail, all the reasons why this device needed to be avoided.[/i]

      Oh, you mean like what you do (or did, you've been thankfully quiet lately!) on every Microsoft related blog you could find? Again, the delicious irony. :)
      NonZealot
      • At least he doesn't...

        spread lies about people, like you do.
        msalzberg
  • New?

    Nothing new here, copied maybe..
    silent.griffin
  • Hehe, what's that they say about MS needing 3 versions to get it right?

    Looks like Apple needs the same. :)

    And yes, that is a compliment. Apple finally got it right. Now they just need to work on their really inferior hardware. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that better resolution will be announced this summer! :)
    NonZealot
  • sorry ass apple is losing it to the pre, multi-tasking....

    apple can face the fact that they are incapable of axing iPhone OS to slim it down enough to run multi-task.

    Most significant revolution of the Palm Pre, desktop level Multi-tasking, not restricted to any mac or pc, non interruption work flow..
    crislevin
  • RE: iPhone OS 3.0 - What's new ...

    When is apple planning to enable support for stereo blustooth? I have been waiting but it doesn't seem that this support is on the horizon! Any thoughts?
    Geodax1