So what does Apple’s iPhone OS 3.0 offer?  Check it:

  • Push notification for applications.  That means you can get an IM and not have the app running.  Sweet and finally
  • Copy and paste.  Double tap on some text and you’ll get a pop up for ‘cut, copy or paste.’  Double tap again and your clipboard will display allowing you to paste from a selection.
  • MMS
  • Google and Yahoo calendar support, perhaps among others
  • iPhone Spotlight (like on the Mac) lets you search the iPhone’s contents (the app must support it, though)
  • Search in mail, calendar and iPod.  This has long been available in the phonebook, so they’re just porting it over
  • 3G tethering
  • Landscape keyboard in mail and other applications it was not previously available in
  • A2DP (stereo) Bluetooth so you can stream your tunes to compatible devices
  • Turn-by-turn directions in Google Maps
  • VoIP communication with gamers over WiFi – you can talk to them Xbox style
  • Rumble pack functionality for games

Availability?  Summer of this year. No exact date was mentioned.  It is free for iPhone users and will cost Touch users $10.  There are a few other features that were announced, but the above are the pertinent ones, at least as far as I’m concerned.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."