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Apple Previews iPhone OS 3.0

Apple iPhone OS 3.0

Apple held a press event at their headquarters in Cupertino earlier today to unveil the iPhone OS's third iteration. The updated iPhone OS actually brings a lot of the functionality that people have been asking for, including copy and paste, MMS, and landscape mode. The only major functionality missing is built-in Flash support, but otherwise the iPhone OS 3.0 is a huge improvement to the iPhone platform.

Some of the new features include:

  • Cut, copy, and paste
  • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
  • A2DP stereo Bluetooth
  • Landscape view in Mail, Text, and Notes
  • Universal Spotlight search
  • WiFi auto-login
  • Peer-to-peer connectivity using Bluetooth
  • Push notification
  • Hardware accessories

These are only a few of the new features, but there are many more! You can find a more complete list at Engadget (external link). For developers, Apple has created over 1000 APIs to control seemingly every functionality of the iPhone. Developers have already been flocking to the iPhone, this only makes it even more luring, even with the locked down App Store.

According to Apple, the iPhone OS 3.0 will be released to the general public this summer. It will be free for current iPhone customers, but will cost $10 for iPod Touch users. Sadly, for those of us using a first-generation iPhone, myself included, we will not gain AD2P nor MMS support. A $20 prepaid mobile from Wal-Mart may have MMS support, but apparently there are "hardware differences" with the $400 first-generation iPhone that render it incapable of MMS. Nonetheless, I'm looking forward to the many new features of the iPhone OS 3.0.

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  • Looking good. I'm not sure if P2P Bluetooth means that you can send files to each other over bluetooth now, because that's something I do all the time, and couldnt bear to loose that.

    I wouldnt get your hopes up for A2DP because if it's anything like the versions ive used before it will kill your battery life.

    Also, why cant they do multitasking still? My phone can do it and it doesn't impact on the battery life that much. Obviously it doesnt help but it isnt the worst thing that can happen to it.

    Posted by Matt Oakes (external link) on Wed 18 Mar 2009 at 2:41

  • What kind of phone do you have though? The iPhone is basically a mini-computer, so it isn't exactly a direct comparision to other phones. It has a more powerful processor and stuff. I think multitasking would become an issue with apps not being programmed correctly and someone having tons and tons of background processes they don't realise. It isn't something I really see a necessity for.

    P2P Bluetooth in theory means you can send files and such. Not sure how that will pane out that.

    I'd also like to see wireless syncing using Bluetooth between my Mac and my iPhone. At least for things like my calendar and contacts.

    Posted by Ethan Poole (external link) on Wed 18 Mar 2009 at 8:39

  • I've got a Sony Ericsson C902. I can't find what speed processor it is online, but I'll have a quick look at the documents that came with the phone to see if it says in there. I know the iPhone is around 600MHz thought and I guess my phone is around 450-500MHz. It's a much smaller phone so less space for a powerful cpu.

    Not sure how having a more powerful CPU will make it less good at multitasking though...

    Posted by Matt Oakes (external link) on Wed 18 Mar 2009 at 11:55

  • My Sony Ericsson s500i multitasks just fine. A regular multitask is Opera Mini and Google Talk Mobile, perhaps combined with the built-in calendar or e-mail application. It does impact battery life, but barely more than just doing any of those individually.

    Posted by Frans (external link) on Wed 18 Mar 2009 at 14:58

  • I don't think it is that the iPhone couldn't handle multitasking, it would just be a huge battery drain. The 3G and the huge screen already do enough. I don't think you realise, but the iPhone's battery usually only last me a day and I have the first-gen with better battery life. Adding anything else draining would just put it over the top.

    Posted by Ethan Poole (external link) on Thu 19 Mar 2009 at 8:31

  • I didn't realise it was that bad sick I thought my phone was bad but at least it lasts about 4-5 days depending on how I use it. I'm normally on Opera Mini a lot and always have 3G and HSPA turned on.

    Posted by Matt Oakes (external link) on Thu 19 Mar 2009 at 14:33

  • I just don't think its fair to compare the iPhone to anything other than another smartphone, which have about the same battery life. The Sony Ericsson s500i simply doesn't do as much as the iPhone.

    Posted by Ethan Poole (external link) on Fri 20 Mar 2009 at 16:58