iPhone 3.0 OS Preview
With the upcoming release of the iPhone 3.0 OS, the Apple iPhone is slowly becoming more and more like a regular phone. Gone are the jabs that it doesn’t do MMS and copy-and-paste — all that will become available in the 3.0 version this summer.
And while it’s a bit ironic that iPhone users are ecstatic about these new functionalities that should have been there in the first place, it becomes clear where Apple focusing when it planned for the iPhone — that it’s more of an internet device with a phone functionality rather than a phone that has internet connectivity.
Home Screen Search (Spotlight for iPhone). Searches items on all your native iPhone apps.
Cut, Copy and Paste. The holy trinity. To use CCP — double-tap to select text, drag from start to end points and select copy or cut. Shake the iPhone to undo/redo your edits.
MMS. Nice, but when was the last time I got an MMS?
Bluetooth Stereo. With A2DP support.
Bandwidth throttling. Adjusts streaming video quality according to current bandwidth.
CalDAV. Allows for sharing calendar data across services like Google and Yahoo with .ics subscription support.
Tethering. Share 3G internet via USB. Carriers will have to opt-in first for this.
It will also be able to send multiple photos/images at the same time, have push notifications for apps and be able to re-orient the virtual keyboard on all apps including Mail.
The part on the tethering, I think, for me is most important. My iPhone 3G plan includes a couple hundred free minutes on mobile internet. I should be able to share that with my laptop when needed (I asked Globe if they will support 3G tethering in the Philippines).
The iPhone OS 3.0 will be free to all iPhone owners and cost $9.95 to iPod Touch users.
* MMS messaging is available only on iPhone 3G; fees may apply. MMS may not be available in all areas.
** Some features may not be supported by older hardware.