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Apple Dates 'iPhone OS 3.0'

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Apple Dates 'iPhone OS 3.0'

No better way to introduce this than...

Yes indeed people Apple is finally looking to do some major overhauling of its 'iPhone OS' (previously known as mobile OS X) with the bold announcement of version 3.0. Web speculation has already gone into overdrive with many wild guesses but let's pick out a few of the most pertinent issues:

  • Multi-tasking/Push notifications

  • MMS

  • Video recording

  • Turn by turn GPS directions

  • Native Gmail contacts & calendar support

  • Flash

  • Tethering

  • Crippled Bluetooth

  • Mobile Safari
  • HTML 5 compatibility

  • and of course: copy & paste
Less likely, but one I'd really like to see is a wider support of audio and video codecs - in particular Ogg and AVI. Then again I'm ever the optimist (except in the case of complete rubbish).

Apple will be showing off the new software on 17 March describing it as an "advance preview of what we're building" so I suspect this is to hold off potential deserters to the Palm Pre or Magic. A final launch is likely to be co-ordinated with the unveiling of a third generation iPhone in June/July.

Given the competition has sizeably stepped up their game in the last 12 months however, the big question is whether the changes to both software and hardware will be enough...

In related news Google has this week rolled out a more mobile friendly version of Image Search for both Android and the iPhone OS. It will detect the platforms and appear automatically with simple shortcuts to filter content results. Nifty.

Link:

iPhone OS 3.0 via engadget

Image Search via Google Official Blog

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PGrGr

March 13, 2009, 1:29 pm

This is beyond revolutionary to me! Could it be? No. I just can't believe it! I've just read an article on Trusted Reviews about Apple and there's a possibility that I could be the first person to comment! I'm sooooooo excited!

Jai

March 13, 2009, 1:48 pm

I think Push Notification will definately be there...as well as turn by turn GPS navigation.





I doubt Copy & paste will be implemented, its such an easy thing to do that it would have been done before.





No background processing for sure.





AD2P hopefully.





lets have our fingers crossed....and maybe a few hints at the new iPhone they are sure to release in July...hopefully just before i go off to see Michael...WE LOVE YOU MICHAEL!!





SHAMON!

Norbury

March 13, 2009, 1:55 pm

* Multi-tasking/Push notifications


* Video recording


* Turn by turn GPS directions


* Tethering


* Crippled Bluetooth


* and of course: copy & paste


Given that all of these points (the majority of the list from above) have been addressed by third parties for jailbroken iPhones, and there's an MMS workaround in the App Store, so we know that the thing is capable of those at least. There may be a good reason for not including Flash but everything else should be easy.

Hamish Campbell

March 13, 2009, 2:03 pm

Hey this is apple, surely these will be new features of the NEW iphone with OS 3.0, if you want the new features, then buy the new handset.

Robert Elliot

March 13, 2009, 2:57 pm

I hope they have A2DP (it's the major reason I don;t have one yet) but I don't expect it. I suspect that they think their business does too well out of licensing the proprietary connectors to speaker sets and so on to put in A2DP and thereby provide a way to stream music to other devices without the manufacturers having to give Apple any money at all.

lifethroughalens

March 13, 2009, 5:38 pm

World Peace...definitely a maybe.





Copy and paste - dream on :)

ilovethemonkeyhead

March 13, 2009, 11:30 pm

i'm not holding out for much - how would copy and paste be properly implemented on a touch screen? my nokia e65 has a button for copying and pasting, and i just don't see that happening. unless they add more buttons, and we all know how much steve hates buttons. and common sense.

Norbury

March 14, 2009, 3:14 am

How can copy and paste be implemented? There are two or three competing programs with greater and lesser degrees of simplicity and usefulness already implementing copy/paste. They're pretty good, and i wouldn't be surprised if Apple nicks one or other of them.

Oliver Levett

March 15, 2009, 2:13 pm

Are Apple really going to do anything as useful as copy and paste, or even having background running applications?





Copy and paste is implemented in other (functional) mobile OSs with a system wide set of context menus with "Copy" "Cut" and "paste" being on them. Alternatively, ctrl+c and ctrl+v works just as well with any number of SIPs or hardware keyboards.





Also, multi-tasking (well, the lack of) is the only reason the iPhones oerformance is at all good. Are Apple really stupid enough to break the speed? (well, they were stupid enough to release a device without 3G, so who knows)

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