- Cut and paste: it was worth the wait, the touch interaction to do this looks very cool (see picture at right). Works across applications and does undo.
- Multimedia messaging: you can attach a picture to a text message
- Ability to choose a group of photos and send them in a single email
- Push email notification
- Landscape mode text entry (so what)
- Turn-by-turn GPS navigation.
- Available in the summer. That's as detailed as it gets. No doubt will be linked to the new iPhone model coming out in July.
- Virtually all of the new features will work with the original, pre-3G iPhone (exceptions: multimedia messaging and stereo bluetooth)
- Peer-to-peer linkups between individual iPhones for games, file sharing, etc. This exists now with things like AirSharing and Holdem, but those companies probably rolled their own; now it's part of the API
- API support for applications that connect to external devices. Demonstrations with medical devices were given (see pic at right). Medical applications of new technology are always a big win in corporate presentations; the real news here is that this will open up remoting of all sorts of sophisticated devices for music, video, information systems, anything you can imagine.
- Ability to search in your emails on the server side, and search in your calendar items
- Search your iPhone contents with Spotlight (well-known to Mac users)
- The Sims 3 will run on the iPhone (see pic at right)
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Apple iPhone OS 3.0 Announcement summary
Here are highlights of what was announced for the iPhone OS 3.0 release early this afternoon from Apple: