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New iPhone OS 3.0 to be released next week

Last March, Apple gave everyone a sneak peek at the new iPhone operating system. Three months later, iPhone OS 3.0 is ready for release.

At a small event held last March 17, Apple gave the whole world a sneak peek of the next operating system that will run their iPhone and iPod touch mobile devices. During the March iPhone OS 3.0 presentation, Scott Forstall, Apple’s SVP of iPhone Software, highlighted several key new features as well as showed demonstrations of some apps running under the new OS.

During this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Forstall reiterated what was presented last March as well as some new features and threw in more demonstrations.

Cut, copy and paste, finally. (MMS, too)

Probably one of the highly anticipated feature in iPhone OS 3.0 is Cut, Copy and Paste. Apple has been criticized for not including this rather commonplace feature when the first iPhone was released. Nonetheless, iPhone and iPod touch users are glad to finally have cut, copy and paste on their devices.

CCP

Cut, Copy and Paste works across all applications and the shake gesture is used to undo a cut, copy or paste command.

Multimedia Messaging Service or MMS (another feature users have been clamoring for) can be used in sending photos, contacts, audio files, and location. This new feature can be accessed in the Messages application. MMS is carrier dependent.

What else?

Other features included in iPhone OS 3.0 are:

  • Landscape and landscape keyboard support in Mail, Notes, and Messages.
  • Search is now available in a variety of applications, not just in Contacts. Search is available in Calendar, iTunes, Notes, and Mail. There’s also support for searching the user’s email server.
  • Spotlight is located on the iPhone’s homescreen and can be used to search for any text on the iPhone, including applications. Useful especially if the user has tons of apps installed.Spotlight
  • iTunes on iPhone OS 3.0 will allow users to rent and purchase movies, TV shows, music videos, and audiobooks. iTunes U has also been added.
  • Parenteral controls have more controls and is fine-grained.
  • iPhone OS 3.0 allows tethering. This allows the iPhone to share an internet connection with a Mac or PC via cable that comes with the iPhone or via bluetooth. Tethering is a carrier-dependent feature.
  • Safari is faster in running Javascript. Also supports HTML 5 and HTTP streaming of audio and video and can automatically detect the quality of your connection.
  • Autofill can remember usernames and passwords as well as use contact information to fill up webforms.
  • Support for more than 30 languagesChinese
  • Find My iPhone service allows users to locate their iPhone in case they lose it or it gets stolen. This service is only available for MobileMe customers. You can look at it as a sort of insurance with a yearly fee of $99.Find My iPhone
  • Accessories support such as blood glucose monitors, GPS devices, and musical instruments.Airstrip

To know more about other features like Peer-to-peer gaming and Notes syncing, go visit the iPhone OS 3.0 New Features page at Apple.com.

Availability
iPhone OS 3.0 will be released June 17 and is a free update for all iPhone users. iPod touch users have to pay $9.99 to get the new OS.

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