Kevin Rose’s predictions may have been right for one of the new features but I bet he didn’t know so many were also going to be up for grabs on this new 3.0 OS update. If you didn’t have the time to find out about all the new features and functionality that was coming to the new iPhone OS version 3.0 yesterday. Its now possible to catch up on the Apple event and watch the whole video here.
In my view this long awaited update contains everything that Apple needed to put the iPhone back on top of all the rivalry thats been going on with other mobiles such as RIM’s Storm or the Palm Pre. There is no question that Apple is brilliant at supporting both new and existing customers, the update will be completely free to all iPhone users while there will be a tiny cost for iPod Touch users, but no doubt it will be worth it! The below is a quick summary for your reference of what you can expect to see when firmware 3.0 comes live for update on your iPhone.
- Copy & Paste photos
- New Spotlight
- Search in Mail, Calendar, and iPod
- 3G Tethering
- Landscape keyboard
- Multimedia messaging
- Support for new calendar types
- Improved stocks application
- Stereo Bluetooth A2DP audio
- Note syncing with iTunes.
- Automatic login in Safari
- Shake to shuffle music
- Wi-Fi auto-login
- Extended parental controls
Along with so many new features Apple will also include new widgets when you download the new version of the iPhone operating system, version 2.0. I am personally very grateful to see that they have put in send and receive files functionality, this is a great feature which will allow you to exchange files with friends and family who have either the iPhone / iPhone 3G / iPod Touch without having to rely on the existence of a WiFi network because the devices will be able to link to each other directly.
- Voice memo application
- Send and receive files
Of course, with so many new advanced functions to the new iPhone 3.0, software developers using the SDK (software development kit) will also get an update to the SDK. The new SDK kit will sport over 1,000 new APIs allow you to make the most out of your creativity and new functions available on the new OS 3.0. Here are just some examples of what the new SDK will be capable of doing.
- Peer to peer bluetooth connectivity
- Browse remote content
- Use of iPhone / iPod Touch to control perpherals
- Ability to place maps inside applications
- Turn by turn direction
- Push notification
- Voice communication within applications
- Audio recording
- Access to music from applications