What’s Your Wish List for iPhone Firmware 3.0?

March 17, 2009 — by Simon Ng4

iPhone 3.0In less than 48 hours, Apple will preview iPhone 3.0 in its Cupertino premises to media. We do not know exactly what features we’ll see in the upcoming version of firmware. But, prior to the event, many have shared their views or wish lists on iPhone 3.0:

CNET’s Kent German wrote up a very long wish list for iPhone 3.0:

Multimedia messaging
Text forwarding
A landscape keyboard for message & email
Voice dialing/speed dialing
Real time turn-by-turn directions
Task manager/background processing
Video recording/more camera options
Full search for e-mails, calendar items and contacts
Send appointments to contacts
Weekly calendar view
Resend option for text messaging
File transfer or use iPhone as mass storage
More Bluetooth profiles like support file transfer
Adobe Flash support

It’s rather a complete list for an ultimate iPhone and not very likely that Apple will bundle all features.

But, hey Kent, you miss one feature in your wish list – Copy & Paste.

Digg’s founder Kevin Rose also joined the bandwagon and talked about the upcoming feature talked during the live Diggnation show at SXSW in Austin. He confirmed that Copy & Paste will definitely be incorporated in iPhone 3.0. And, according to Gizmodo, he even explained how it works:

– Users magnify or double tap a word to bring up cut and paste
– Pinch “boundaries” to select word(s)
– Then you get option to cut, paste or copy

But Kevin mentioned that there will be no video support or MMS in this firmware update. If he’s right, this is quite disappointing.

Besides the big features, TheiPhoneBlog also presents some minor features that you probably will see in iPhone 3.0:

  1. Jump to End – Shortcut to jump to end of a page
  2. Home button Triple Click – Let user customize triple click action, say, launch Mail application
  3. Landscape Lock – Allow you to lock the landscape orientation
  4. Turn Off Notifications During Call
  5. Add Search to iPod App

Lastly, a wish from Daring Fireball that a revamped version of Springboard may appear in the new firmware:

As for what might appear in iPhone OS 3.0, here’s my wish list. First, a new home screen app (a.k.a. SpringBoard), designed from the ground up for a system where users have a few dozen or more extra apps installed. Managing dozens of apps on the iPhone today is simply a pain in the ass.

Wait… I also share my wish list for iPhone 3.0 in the earlier post.

So, what’s your wish list? What do you want to see in iPhone 3.0? What feature do you think it’s missing in current iPhone? Feel free to leave comment and share with us.

Simon Ng

Founder, developer and chief blogger of

  • Usman Butt

    hello simon bro i wish
    there is a sms forwarding option
    Blueethooth data transfer
    video recording
    but when they are going to lanch it.

  • Nam

    I really love it if apple could implement WIFI sync (like how the Zune work). I generally charge my iphone through wall charger so it’s annoying to have to bring the usb cable back and forth.

    • @Nam, agree with you. Wifi sync is on my list too!

  • Would be nice to have ichat app included in the update