So the iPhone’s 3.0 OS update came out today. After a few incarnations now, Apple has done their best to create the best product yet. Gizmodo provided live coverage this morning from Cupertino, CA.
The new features of the iPhone’s 3.0 OS that were revealed include:
- Copy/Paste: Now–finally!!–you can double-tap text with the option of cutting, copying, and pasting. This feature also, happily, applies to images.
- Multimedia messaging (MMS): You’ll be able to text and receive texts with images and sound. Yay! I think I’d love this feature.
- Landscape Messaging: Now you can use the keyboard in landscape mode for the eMail and Notes apps.
- Spotlight: A favorite feature of Macs, the iPhone will allow you to search all the information stored on your iPhone via the Spotlight feature.
- Support for other calendar types
- Voice memo app by Apple
- The ability to send and receive files
Additionally, Apple is adding APIs so that third-party developers can shoot for the stars with new apps, including the ability for your iPhone to do peer-to-peer WiFi connectivity with another iPhone and turn-by-turn directions. On a related note, the App store will also be upgraded, with not only new apps but also additional levels to games and content to apps that you already own. Very cool indeed.
Apple says the update is coming sometime in summer of this year, and it’ll be free for iPhone 3G owners, $10 for Touch owners, and free for first generation iPhone users, who’ll get most but not all the features.
And because the folks over at Apple (and everyone else who doesn’t live under a rock) knows, expensive gadgets aren’t on most people’s shopping lists these days. If the iPhone and service is still too rich for your blood (or your bank account), rumor has it that these costs may also drop, due to competition with the Palm Pre.
So here’s a question for my readers: Who already owns the iPhone 3G? Who would be willing to jump on board if the price drops?