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Opinion: iPhone OS 3.0 Announcement

March 17, 2009

Nothing worth writing home about..

For the past few hours I have, like many, been keeping a keen eye on the announcements stateside of the new iPhone OS (3.0). The Engadget Live Blog was keeping me up to date with the, as expected, relatively unexciting announcements and revelations. Heres what we have learnt (with thanks to those lovely peeps at Engadget):

App and developer functionality

  • Peer-to-peer connectivity over Bluetooth for gaming and other info-swapping.
  • Paid apps will have the potential to be subscription fee-based, and can include optional paid content that can be bought from right inside the app.
  • Developers can now build apps that call out to Google Maps, and can also finally bring Apple-blessed turn-by-turn to the phone.
  • Devs can also connect with hardware accessories over in their apps now, such as a blood pressure monitor — or perhaps a keyboard? Connectivity works through the dock connector or over Bluetooth.
  • Long-promised push functionality will at last be included, but apps won’t run in the background.
  • Developers can add streaming video and audio to their apps, along with in-game voice use.

General functionality

  • Cut, copy and paste. At last! You can shake the phone to undo and redo the action, and it works with both text and photos, allowing Mail to send multiple photos at a time. (more here)
  • MMS, along with forward and delete for multiple messages. (more here)
  • A2DP stereo Bluetooth.
  • Unlocked Bluetooth functionality on 2G iPod touch. (more here)
  • Spotlight has been added to a new home screen page to the left of existing pages, allowing for universal search on the phone. (more here)
  • Tethering is built into 3.0, and Apple will work with carriers on that — who will have the last say on its implementation, most likely.
  • App Store will be available in 77 countries.

Apple apps

  • A new app called Voice Memos which lets you record notes and reminders.
  • A revised Stocks app, with news stories and a landscape view.
  • Landscape keyboard available in all major apps.
  • CalDAV support has been added to Calendar, along with subscriptions support in the .ics format.
  • Apple’s major apps have all been expanded with search functionality.
  • Note Sync to sync your notes.
  • YouTube account support.
  • Form auto-fill.
  • Phishing protection.

In my opinion, none of this projected functionality is making me jump for joy, however for developers it is looking like it will create some extremely exciting opportunities. The Google Map application integration and push notifications are bound to inspire some fantastic developments, and with the development beta openly available, its about time you developers got started! It seems as though Apple are placing a significant amount of responsbility upon the developers to make what they can of the 3.0 OS, as demonstrated by the selected representatives at the unveiling. At face value, there is potential, but until we start to experience the level of experimentation that can be achieved, I will forever remain the pessimist (and stick with my Blackberry of course!).

I will of course, as a human being and gadget geek always desire an iPhone 🙂

Check out Engadget’s coverage of the OS 3.0 developments over here.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2009 8:13 pm

    when will it be out..

  2. March 17, 2009 8:13 pm

    i hope the pwn it quickly..

  3. carlmartin1987 permalink*
    March 17, 2009 10:19 pm

    Looking like summer 2009. It will be free for iPhone 3G users and iPod touch owners can pay $9.99 for it. 1st Gen iPhones will not be able to upgrade.

  4. March 19, 2009 3:01 pm

    ahh that sux that it cant be used on 1st gen iphones…. im sure there will be a hack but maybe by then ill be rolling with the 3g one…

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