MacGeek – Apple announces iPhone OS 3.0 featuresTuesday, March 17th, 2009
Copy/Paste and MMS are only a few…
Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, CA housed the iPhone 3.0 preview event. And let me first of all thank Engadget for doing such an amazing job of covering this preview.
Let’s get right into it. The major announcements include:
Cut, copy and paste. This works across apps and with multiple photos in email. Also, shake to undo/redo.
Unlocked Bluetooth functionality on 2G iPod Touch.
A2DP stereo Bluetooth.
Tethering built-in to the 3.0 software, but implementation is ultimately up to the carriers.
Peer-to-peer connectivity over Bluetooth for gaming and other info-swapping. (ie contacts)
Developers can now build apps that call out to Google Maps.
Devs can also connect with hardware accessories over in their apps now. Connectivity works through the dock connector or over Bluetooth. (keyboard?)
Long-promised push functionality will at last be included, but apps won’t run in the background. (kills battery life)
Shake to shuffle iPod playback.
A new app called Voice Memos which lets you record notes and reminders.
A revised Stocks app with news stories and a landscape view.
CalDAV support has been added to Calendar, along with subscriptions support in the .ics format.
Apple’s major apps have all been expanded with search functionality.
YouTube account support.
A developer beta of OS 3.0 is available today, and the 3.0 update will be coming to consumers this summer as a free update to all iPhone 3G customers. It’ll also work for 1st gen iPhone owners, though they won’t receive A2DP or MMS due to hardware limitations. iPod touch owners will be able to update for $9.95, (Déjà vu, anyone?)
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