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  • iPhone 3.0 Announced and Detailed. Everything you wanted except Flash.

    We've known the 3.0 iPhone firmware announcement was coming for a few days now. Today at the Apple town hall event, details were released... and they are glorious.

    Coming "this summer," iPhone OS 3.0 will have over 100 new features, including some ones we've been asking for quite a while.

    Here's the highlights:


    (image care of to Gizmodo)

    Copy/Paste FINALLY arrives in full Apple-implemented regalia. It will work in all apps (whose devs allow it) and is activated by double-tapping the screen, then dragging either way in the text to expand the selection. Cross-application copy/paste will work fine unless app devs specifically disallow it. Oh - and it works with photos as well.

    Spotlight. Search anything.

    (image care of to Engadget)

    Including Mail. At the moment you'll only be able to search message headers, not content - although that may come later. And you'll be able to search ANY local data, whether in an Apple application or AppStore app.


    Complete. Working. MMS.

    Landscape keyboard.

    This will work in Mail, Notes, etc.

    3G Tethering.

    We've been the main host for all jailbreak iPhone tethering applications, and Apple is now introducing an official way of doing so as well. Tethering allows you to use your iPhone's data connection with your laptop or computer for full net on the computer.

    Stereo Bluetooth Audio.

    Connect any Bluetooth audio device that supports stereo, and your iPhone will blast two-channel goodness right into your wireless ears.

    Sync your Notes with iTunes.

    Automatically get those Notes to your computer, instead of having to email them each time you want them local.

    Turn by turn GPS directions.

    xGPS, hosted by ModMyi and created by xWaves, has already filled the turn by turn GPS hunger for us jailbreakers, and Apple is now announcing the same feature built right into OS 3.0.

    In-app Purchasing.

    Developers can now sell items directly through their apps (kinda like some of those Mafia apps already sneakily do) using features in the new SDK that will be shipping for 3.0. (Developers already have access to test it out!)

    Push Notification.

    Promised months and months and months ago... Apple is finally delivering on Push notification for your device come OS 3.0.

    Whew... there's even more features (check out Apple's event video for more info), but the good news is this - there's a lot coming in the summer.

    via Apple, Gizmodo, Engadget
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 3.0 Announced and Detailed. Everything you wanted except Flash. started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 335 Comments
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      Okay... Where's bluetooth I love this update anyways

      You should change clippy link in the box at top of the forums to this post

      YAY! First!!!
    1. cursive08's Avatar
      cursive08 -
      MMS is for the 3g iPhone only =[

      "...A2DP and MMS won't be available on the iPhone 1st gen." -Engadget
    1. haibane's Avatar
      haibane -
      sounds good to me
    1. elduu's Avatar
      elduu -
      about time
    1. BarcaMagic's Avatar
      BarcaMagic -
      Sounds good .I wish it had flash.
    1. illinijeff217's Avatar
      illinijeff217 -
      About time!
    1. keviNNz's Avatar
      keviNNz -
      So is a2dp.. only for 3g..
    1. pcuserforever's Avatar
      pcuserforever -
      Omg! All the reasons i bought iphone!
    1. LastSonOfKrypton's Avatar
      LastSonOfKrypton -
      Wow! They've almost eliminated the need to jailbreak! All they need is Winterboard and allow unlocking!!!!!
    1. MadMarine 525's Avatar
      MadMarine 525 -
      this seems like exactly what needed to happen. im glad apple decided to appeal to the user this time. very good features.
    1. franklinromeo's Avatar
      franklinromeo -
    1. JHoffy1's Avatar
      JHoffy1 -
      OK, who has the beta? Com'on developers!
    1. udayc's Avatar
      udayc -
      What about SMS forwearding and Business card sending ?
    1. acascio05's Avatar
      acascio05 -
      about time for mms.....now the question is what is the new iphone gonna look like or is it just gonna be the same but a 32g model???
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      This is exactly what the customers wanted! Apple finally got it right... 3rd time's the charm!
    1. andirodicandrew's Avatar
      andirodicandrew -
      lyers....... iphone 1g and 2g have the same bluetooth chips and mms on iphone first generation NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wtf!!!!!!! SICK OF THEM I want to see what 100 features (LOL) will iphone have maybe teleportation
    1. marys25's Avatar
      marys25 -
      ok so mms on the new software for the 3g phone...does this mean that AT&T will have to enable MMS feature on all Iphone? and people like myself who are still in on the 1st gen can use SwirlyMMS?
    1. tha5150's Avatar
      tha5150 -
      are the Devs going to release the 3.0 to us anytime soon?

      1 major question i hope they can answer sooner than later... will we be able to use the Beta 3.0 and also make and recieve calls? 2.0 wouldnt allow calls.
    1. nycdiplomat's Avatar
      nycdiplomat -
      Quote Originally Posted by udayc View Post
      What about SMS forwearding and Business card sending ?

      yes it will have sms forwarding
    1. theguy386's Avatar
      theguy386 -
      woot woot!! These are some awesome updates for the new FW. Only thing that sucks is that not only would we have to wait for 3.0 to be OFFICIALLY released, but we would have to wait a bit longer for it to be JailBroken so we can get the rest of our good stuff on there (Cycorder, themes, etc.)