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:

  • 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)

1 comment:

mahasiswa teladan said...

hi...Im student from Informatics engineering nice article,
thanks for sharing :)