As reported earlier: Apple to Preview iPhone Firmware 3.0 on 17 March. Today, Apple highlighted its iPhone 3.0 OS features live at Apple campus in Cupertino, CA.
So here is a list of some great new features in iPhone OS 3.0:
Cut, Copy and Paste with ‘shake to Undo’
Text can be selected automatically by double tapping on text and movable grab points appear with a ‘cut, copy and paste’ edit bar above selection. You can copy text across applications.
By shaking iPhone, there comes options to undo and redo you actions. cool! isn’t it?
This is what a jailbroken iPhone may already have but now in upcoming iPhone OS 3.0, a landscape keyboard is a built-in feature available in key applications, including Mail.
Along with sending multimedia stuff via email, in upcoming iPhone OS 3.0, iPhone 3G users will be able to send MMS messages too. (Sorry, iPhone 1st Gen users). iPhone users will also be able to delete and forward multiple messages.
Peer-to-Peer connectivity is great for games and other applications for sharing data. This feature finds other devices and establish peer-to-peer connectivity over Bluetooth. Through an IP connection, iPhone users will be able to play games. The feature is limited to Bonjour peer-to-peer devices only.
Accessories App (3rd Party)
This features will allow 3rd party iPhone accessory manufacturers to develop custom Apps to interface with their hardware accessories.
This feature will allow developers to sell additional stuff from within the App. Like purchasing new levels from within the game, subscribing for a magazine all from within an App.
In iPhone OS 3.0. an iPhone owner will find Apple’s Universal search feature named “Spotlight Search”. Spotlight feature can be found a flick to the left from the first screen of Apps. Using spotlight user will be able to search for mails in Mail App, Contacts, Appointments in Calendar, media files in iPod, notes and more.
Using iPhone OS 3.0, iPhone owners will be able to record, edit and send voice memos via both email and MMS.
For the sake of less battery consumption, a third part server will be used to push alerts from applications. It mean no real background processing will be out there for iPhone.
Using iPhone firmware 3.0, developers will be able to embed Google Maps directly into their Applications.
Turn by Turn
Using CoreLocation, developers will be able to make application for turn by turn GPS directions
other features include: A2DP stereo Bluetooth, Calendar app will support for CalDAV, Youtube subscription, updated Stock App with landscape mode.
iPhone OS 3.0 is available for beta testing now. It will be out for iPhone 3G and 1st Gen owners in Summer free of charge. However, iPod Touch users will be charged $9.95 for the update. and down side is some of the new features like A2DP stereo Bluetooth and MMS would not be available in 1st Gen iPhones because of hardware limitations.
Tethering is not yet announced for iPhone OS 3. During Q&A session tethering question was addressed by saying: We’re supporting tethering in the client side, we’re building that support in. We’re working with our carriers around the world. We are building that support in.
Presentation of today’s media event can be watched on here.