iPhone OS 3.0 Features Roundup

March 19, 2009 — by Simon Ng5



iPhone OS 3.0 Features Roundup

March 19, 2009 — by Simon Ng5

iPhone 3.0Yesterday, Apple has announced iPhone OS 3.0 Beta in a media event. More than 100 new features are developed for this next generation mobile OS. I’m excited about this announcement and it really exceeds my expectation. Let’s jump and see what features will come with iPhone 3.0.

Here is a roundup of all big features:

Cut, Copy & Paste Text – The most requested feature is finally here. iPhone 3.0 lets you do “Cut, Copy & Paste” system wide, across any applications. You can copy text in email, note, etc. And, you can even copy & paste text in Safari. That’s amazing.

Copy & Paste Photos – Not just copy & paste text, you can now copy & paste photos. Say, you can select multiple photos, copy them to email and send it out. Cool!

Spotlight Searching – iPhone 3.0 offers a system wide search and it’s built right into the home screen. The spotlight search can search anything on iPhone including email, contacts, calendar, note, etc.

Landscape Keyboard for all applications – Apple listened to us. Landscape keyboard is now available for all iPhone apps including SMS, Notes and Mail apps.

MMS – Personally, I’m not a big fan for MMS. But this is still a big feature. You can send multimedia message via iPhone. The message can include images, voice memo and vcard. But as Apple mentioned, this feature will only come to iPhone 3G.

Sync Note with iTunes – Finally, you can sync note using iTunes.

Bluetooth A2DP support – With iPhone 3.0, you can listen to stereo music wirelessly by pairing it with A2DP headphones or speakers. This is also available for iPhone 3G only.

Peer-to-Peer Connectivity – Allow two iPhones to discover each other and connect directly over bluetooth. Remember this is not an application but Apple has built this ability into iPhone and lets developers to build on that. By using this feature, iPhone apps can send files over bluetooth or share game data (multi-player games) between iPhones.

iPhone 3.0 - Voice MemoVoice Memo App – A new voice memo application will come with iPhone 3.0. This app allows you to record audio and you can send the voice memo via email.

A modified version of Stock App – On top of stock price, you can read news related to a particular stock.

3G tethering – Use iPhone 3G as a modem and share the Internet connection with your laptop or computers. But Apple mentioned this feature will depend on carrier and may not be available to everyone.

Push Notification – Well, finally iPhone apps can be notified in background. Say, for an Instant messaging application, you will not be notified once you quit the IM app. But with Push Notification on iPhone 3.0, the IM app can push an alert in form of audio, text message or badge to your iPhone in background.

Turn-by-turn Direction – Apple has opened up the opportunity for iPhone developers to build turn-by-turn applications on iPhone.

I know you love all the new features and wanna upgrade your iPhone now. However, you’ll need to be patient. iPhone 3.0 is still in beta and will not be available to public until this summer.

Stay tuned. I will cover some of features in details in upcoming posts.

[via Gizmodo]

Simon Ng

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  • rez

    I thought I’d mention something here as I have been reading on a lot of sites that people a really not happy about still not having background tasking abilities.

    I have been using the Backgrounder app (only really for IM) to get around this and I also use an app for short cuts – I can’t remember the name of it but you swipe across the clock at the top of the screen to activate it’s pop-down menu?

    Anyway – the short cuts app allows you to see how much RAM is remaining and after some monitoring I have found that from a fresh boot (and running the always on Phone & Mail apps) I am left with approx. 20-30MB so with that in mind how were we ever going to get proper background tasking? The iPhone simply doesn’t have the RAM!? My guess is that it has something like 60MB to start with which seems very low but surely it’s not something that can be changed as this down to the hardware!?

    Please feel free to advise differently if I’m totally of the mark here.

    Cheers – rez

    • @rez,

      For iPhone 3.0, Apple will release a Push Notification that is intended to server application background. Though it doesn’t work the same as Backgrounder app, iPhone app (say, BeejiveIM) can still receive notification in background.

      I guess you’re referring to SBSettings that provides instant toggles for nearly all kinds of settings (e.g. Wifi, 3G, bluetooth, etc). I love this app so much and you’re right this kind of feature still cannot be found in iPhone 3.0. That’s probably one of the reason we continue jailbreak the iPhone. And you’re right that due to limited resources (e.g. RAM), Apple does not offer a true background task. This was mentioned in Apple’s recent presentation.

  • I have an iPhone 3G and am currently running 3.0 I have some of these features but not all of them Why don’t I have MMS, Note Syncing, Bluetooth A2DP, Peer-to-Peer Connectivity. Is it because I’m with Tmobile? I have unlimited SMS and MMS on my plan, I just don’t have the option on my iPhone. I have to use Swirly. Thanks!

  • Is the voice control only available for 3Gs? Is there something in Cydia I can download that does the same thing?

  • Levi

    Hello Simon,
    I have an unlocked iphone version 1.0.2 Bought the phone when it first came out (8gig). I need your help to instruct me on how to upgrade my iphone to the latest version, since i cannot perform the update thru Itunes. Thanks