Apple previews iPhone 3.0 software

Apple previews iPhone 3.0 software
At an event in Cupertino, California, today Apple announced the 3.0 version of the iPhone operating system. Of course, everything started with how great the company and phone are – available in more than 80 countries, sold more than 17 million units, 800,000 downloads of the SDK and 500,000 companies or individual developers joining the dev program. This leads to more than 25,000 submitted apps, 96% of which have been approved. This is a success, so it is fine to introduce the new 3.0 version. It comes with 1000 new APIs, expanding the developers’ options. Here is the interesting new stuff:

Cut, Copy, Paste – finally! Apple’s Scott Forstall noted that they’ve been working hard to design an easy-to-use interface. Indeed it looks fine – double tap the text and it will select it, with points in the beginning and end – grab either of the points and move it to select more/less. If you’ve done something wrong, shake the phone to undo. It will be available in 3rd party apps and you can copy/paste from one app to the other. One can also mark several photos and paste them into email.

Messages menu has been updated with the option to forward or delete multiple messages. However, the “big news” here is the MMS support – no need to explain it, the standard old-school MMS.

iPhone 2.0 introduced the Search in phonebook, the 3.0 introduces the new Search. There will be an option to exchange the standard home screen with the new Spotlight home screen – it is an universal search that goes through the whole phone. There will also be local searches in the apps – search mail  to/subject/headers fields, search calendar entries, search notes titles and text.

Push notifications have been added. These will come handy in IM for example – instead of leaving the IM client running in the background, it can be inactive but you will receive notifications once there is something new. Apple says this greatly helps for battery life.

There is now the option to download/buy parts of the app from within the app itself. For example a game, you can buy it with basic levels and buy additional ones from the app itself. Or City Guide – buy the app and then buy the cities you want. Free apps remain free though – you won’t be asked to buy anything in them.

There will be support for peer to peer, allowing you to connect over Bluetooth to other iPhones with the same app. This would be usable for 1v1 games or for sharing data, such as contacts. Talking about games, you will also be able to play massive multiplayer games, connecting to a global game server. Quake 3 anyone? The in-app purchase is also working for Games  - for example in The Sims, you will be able to buy some things for your virtual friend.

Another new API will allow the phone to communicate with the accessories. For example when connected to an FM transmitter, the iPhone will automatically tune to the best available station. Or when docked into speaker system, it will be able to control the equalizers. It can also connect to not-your-ordinary iPhone accessory, such as medical devices – blood pressure reader, finger pricking device for glucose testing for those with diabetes. The live demonstration also showed accessories for music instruments, such as Leaf Trombone – using it, a couple of guys performed The Phantom of the Opera in a multiplayer online music game.

Maps has also been updated; many developers have wanted to include it in the apps and now they will be able to. Developers will also be able to use the core location for turn by turn navigation. However, due to licensing issues, they won’t be able to use the actual Google’s Maps, but will have to bring their own maps.

There is now landscape view in various apps – mail, messaging, notes, stocks, not only in the web browser. We wonder why they include it just now.

Stocks has been updated with news stories and additional details.

There is now support also for Voice notes, Note sync, stereo Bluetooth, YouTube accounts. Video streaming is also supported – it has been demonstrated with ESPN app and the media player changes the quality depending on the bandwidth speed.

Overall, the new 3.0 software definitely is an upgrade, but not anything that will shake the industry. Great news for the iPhone owners is that they will be able to install it for free on their iPhone or iPhone 3G phone. However, these with the first gen device won’t be able to take advantage of stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) and MMS, due to hardware differences – we hope these are the only limitations. iPod Touch users will also be able to update to 3.0 but for $9.95. The developers can now download the beta of the new SDK and start preparing apps! However, there isn't official information when the 3.0 will be available for download for users.

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source: Engadget



1. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

"There will be an option to exchange the standard home screen with the new Spotlight home screen – it is an universal search that goes through the whole phone." Pre much?

2. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

This outa put a sock in some people's mouths....

3. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Hmmm... where'd the Verizon Fanboys go? ?? ??? ? ???? ? :) Yeah yeah, all you will say is, "This is 3.0! These things should have been on 1.0!! Way too late!" Well, Better late than never, eh? :) P.S.- I wonder if this now "officially" (to some people) is classified as a smart phone? Just curious...

4. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

I wonder what features are gonna be on the ipod touch 3.0

5. fathom614

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

Great now I can finally do things that other phones have been able to do for years!!! Now lets release this as soon as the palm pre comes out!!! Can't wait till the next gen iPhone comes out.

6. ddripp

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 11, 2008


7. ddripp

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

it's kinda quiete now for grown ass man crying like little girls about these features.... now what ????????


Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 17, 2009

On the text they added forwarding. I hope they also add the resend feature. In case you want to get your point across annoyingly.


Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 17, 2009

Well there's almost nothing left to complaint about. All we got left is to talk crap about how long its still taking. I bet there going to release it along with the next iphone. Get a video recorder and some flash(camera flash, we can only wish for video flash soon), with some zoom -in, and remove the only button on the screen to extend the size. Making it a TRULY TOUCH "SCREEN" ONLY,(apart from the earpiece section) then its really done catching up and taking over.

10. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Ummmmm, not until the iphone becomes available to other networks (VZW). A phone is only as good as the service provider it's on, and AT&T network = EPIC FAIL! I'll give the iphone a look when it's available elsewhere and and when it has upgradable memory without me having to sell my current phone, and then turn around, and buy a whole new one to get more memory. I'd also like to be able to replace my own battery without having to send it away, and not having a phone for a few days. So in the end, I'll STILL take my Storm. And yes, these things should have already been here by now. This OS "upgrade" isn't really an's just catching everyone that owns an iphone up with the times. NOTHING revolutionary about it.

13. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Wow, such a long comment. AT&T WAS the largest carrier before Verizon bought out Alltel, so AT&T must've been doing something right to keep their customers. Especially the business crowd. Plus, no one forces you to buy the new iPhone upgrade, that's your decision. The Storm still has bugs that need to be worked out and Apple is just making the iPhone better by giving features that it was lacking. And that's what technology is all about. Improvement.

14. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

"Plus, no one forces you to buy the new iPhone upgrade" "iPod Touch users will also be able to update to 3.0 but for $9.95." Since when does size=quality?

15. piratejb

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

Wasnt the iphone originally offered to VZW But hey VZW has iphone killer the ummmm oh wait nevermind

11. heavybreathing

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

You're still forced to get a data plan. Suck it.

12. Vitamins4022 unregistered

oh my gosh! they finally got MMS and bluetooth!!! those were the only things keeping me from liking the iPhone! now if only AT&T wasnt so expensive I would accually get it!

16. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

You really want to play that game? Well then lets see...The only reason AT&T was the biggest carrier was because they acquired Cingular. Before that, when AT&T and Cingular were separate companies, VZW was the largest carrier. At any rate, regardless of the number of customers, AT&T's network is a joke. This is a fact as proven by consistent year after year third party research. Now VZW not only is the largest carrier in terms of customers but also in 3g coverage. These two bits of info are backed up by the fact that VZW has the best call quality and call clarity and the least amount of dropped calls (also proven by years of third party research). Combine this with tremendous customer service and the lowest churn rate in the industry and you have yourself the THE BEST wireless carrier in the U.S.! Sit down!

17. superawesomeguy

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 18, 2009

lol...dude this comment was super funny and really informative! i know who to turn to now when i have questions about ANYTHING when it comes to the cell phone biz! THANKS YOULOSTTHEGAME!!

18. E-Z DUZ-IT

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 17, 2009

Thats no way to talk about your dad. Maybe you should take your seat. The only reason theres other phone service providers is thanks to congress. At&t laid out the foundation for all this, resulting in it being to big for its own good and devided it into smaller companies. Also verizon just came out in 99'-2000, and is in FACT part owned by Vodaphone which is english owned.Verizon was briefly the biggest till now. Now they advertise 3G, since when. All they had was EVDO which has run its course. T-Mobile-German, Verizon- half English. At&t, all U.S.A.. The storm is what it is, FULL OF AIR.

19. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Such a fanboy you are. But I'm not going to argue. Like I said before, AT&T still has customers, so it must be doing something right.

20. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Ha ha! Yoda you must be!

21. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

That's absolutely correct E-Z DUZ-IT! Verizon communications = 55% stake and Vodaphone = 45% stake. Verizon wireless is also a privately held company so it doesn't have to deal with the petty bullshit of unions like AT&T, which as it turns out are one of the biggest problems facing this country as seen in the enormous failure of a position that companies like Chrysler are in now, and subsequently taking bail out money for a la you and I's hard earned money. And you say that EVDO has run it's course? I would also agree with you there, which is why VZW is looking to be the first wireless company to roll out it's LTE network as early as the end of this year! Oh wait, but AT&T is ALSO looking to roll out an LTE network of it's own! So wouldn't that mean then, that HSDPA has ALSO run it's course?! At least you ALMOST got all your facts straight! Better luck next time bro.

23. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

YLTG, why are you so hell bent on bashing AT&T? No one is forcing you to switch to AT&T by any means. Just, please don't bash carriers just because you don't like them. There is a reason why there are so many different cell phone carriers in the world. It's just, some are well known than others.

24. E-Z DUZ-IT

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 17, 2009

I see you dont speak the gibberesh,well said. Although, HSPDA has not run its course, at least not yet. Thats the reason At&t is not going to deploy the LTE, yet. Verizon has no choice but too do it now. HSPDA is still being deployed cause its the fastest thing out there and will gradualy convert to LTE, into what At&t calls a smooth transition. As to a rapid deployment of urgency.The future for everyone is gonna come down to licencing agreements by all carriers, with what i hope comes free of charge to the consumer. What am i getting at, that it wont matter who we have for a provider later, its gonna come down to features and handsets. EVERYONE still around wil have great coverage by then,when ever then is.

25. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I agree with your predictions of the future. I can't comment on when AT&T will actually be rolling out it's LTE network, but my best guess is that when VZW rolls out theirs, and finds success, AT&T will not be too far behind. LTE afterall, has FAR more potential than any of the current technologies. I can't imagine AT&T sitting around for too long while VZW scores incredibly fast (at least in theory) connection/upload/download speeds with their LTE network. And if current available coverage is any indication of the size of networks possible in the future, VZW is in the right position to pwn hard! I think your right that features and handsets are going to become of significant importance. However, you can't rule out customer service, which as of right now, VZW is top dog in. That COULD change, but I don't see it happening as their past cust. serv. record is stellar compared to what's out there now. At any rate, the future of wireless is mos def going to be an interesting sea to navigate!

26. E-Z DUZ-IT

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 17, 2009

well said. I totally forgot about customer service. Agreed, that will definitly play a part.

27. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Okay, now it's time to shut you guys up. You Verizon guys have been throwing in so much statistics but NOBODY REALLY CARES!! If you don't like the iPhone? Get out of this article. Go back to your storm that everyone is already forgeting about. And do you really think that the only the people care about is cellular service? Get real. Time flies and things change. If everyone only cared about service, we'd all move to Verizon and get a free phone with almost perfect signal. I use to have Verizon but havnt look back ever since I left frntue 3g last July. We're moving on to 2010 and what people want is technology and features in their phone. iPhone now has been my number 1 device. The pictures are just okay, the mp3 player is awesome, I hardly ever use my computer anymore for Internet even when I'm sitting right next to it, my iPhone really is my personal organizer, and the games in the Pune are not bad at all. They are actually really fun. A lot of people said that they wouldn't mind having the iPhone instead of their pap/ds because there are so many fun little vheapngames that to could play. Oh yeah, and it can call and send messages. I don't really even lie talking on the phone that much, I'd rather just text. I dumped all my other gadgets because my iphne is sufficient. If I cared so much about service, I'd probably be in Verizon. But I don't!! And most people don't unless you are like very big on traveling or something. It's an important thing to consider when buying a phone, but not everything. It was very annoying to see people bashng about At&t here when all I wanted to read about was the new features. Especially you, YouJustLostTheGame. You probably been to this article more than I have and you don't even have an iPhone! Make your own website and complain over there. And why is it that the AT&T/Verizn wars always start on iphne articles and not on Verizon phnes and other AT&T phones?

28. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Sorry I made a lot of spelling errors, but you guys get the point.

29. Peeps

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

You have no idea how happy i am thatyou beat me to the punch. i was fed up myself with all this propaganda these anti- AT&T haters like to put out. especially when they dont have there facts straight. And you were right to point out Youlostthegame because he made no sense. Yes he was correct with the fact that AT&T was the biggest because of the joint between them and cingular. So.......................... does he not realize that that is the same fact for Verizon. the only reason they topped AT&T was because Verizon bought out Alltel ( incase if he didn't know). Bottomline this is iPhone world so stay out if you want to talk about who has more BARS. Instead appreciate the unstoppable iphone that is way on top any handset Verizon has to offer... And please.. please if you decide to reply to this....Please dont compare the poor poor BB Storm... so Viva MMS, and all the new apps. I'll be waiting!

22. ryrams

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 19, 2009

For me it really comes down to price and at the time i was looking to get a phone the iphone with its flaws just didnt seem worth it for the monthly contract price.i may have given it a second thought if the update thats coming out now was done sooner. i can say now i am happy i got the g1. i will say t-mobile probably isnt as great as vzw or at&t but i havent had any problems so far. i also like the fact that the android os isnt just stuck on one phone as well and i have my pick of what i want(well in the near future that is)

30. tsantacruz

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 25, 2009

Will the 3.0 software support turn by turn navigation such as AT&T's software? Will it support AT&T's t.v. stations? Will it support flash? How bout running applications in the bakground? If it can do all of the above (i really need flash for websites like ESPN which I currently run Skyfire with) then I will leave Sprint and get the IPhone. Or maybe in June if the new hardware comes out i will switch then. Just not thrilled the the Palm Pre will only have 8Gb with no card and smaller screen.

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