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Top 5 iPhone OS 3.0 Features That Will Change Your Life

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Yesterday Apple previewed the changes that were coming this summer in iPhone OS 3.0. All I can is: it’s about time! Apple announced a plethora of features that many of us have been waiting for. The team in Cupertino definitely did not disappoint yesterday.

They started us off by telling us about 17 million iPhones sold, along with 13 million iPod Touches. That means OSX is on 30 million mobile devices. I can see the dollar signs in the eyes of developers!

Top 5 iPhone OS 3.0 Features That Will Change Your Life

Cut, Copy, and Paste: Refreshing the Gizmodo and Engadget live blogs yesterday did not do any justice to this latest feature. After watching the Apple Event video itself, I was dazzled by how seamless and intuitive copy and paste was throughout multiple applications such as Mail, Notes, SMS, Safari, etc. Shake to undo or repeat is pretty awesome.

Push Notifications: Just when you thought you couldn’t keep your hands off the iPhone during dinner or while in bed, the implementation of this feature will drive your wife/girlfriend mad (unless they are also equally addicted to the iPhone!). I’m miffed that background applications were not introduced, but after hearing Apple’s explanation of decreased battery life and performance it does make sense. We’ve all had tonnes of applications running on our PC/Mac computers and experienced sluggishness. I can only imagine the iPhone buckling under that weight, unless new hardware is released this summer too!

Spotlight and Search: By scrolling to the left at the homescreen, you will enter Search. This will search contacts, emails, songs, notes, and apps on your iPhone. It’s literally Spotlight on your iPhone. There is also a new stand alone app for Spotlight on your homescreen. My favorite feature of Search is the ability to search within the Mail app. If you have an IMAP account setup, you can even extend your search to the server! Now that is going to be awesome!

Peer to Peer Networking: We will now be able to connect to other iPhones via Bluetooth to play games and use other applications. In the Apple Event video they demo’d how you could be able to send a SMS invite to a friend to join you within the game LiveFire itself. Definitely very cool.

Landscape: Before landscape was only limited to Safari, but now it will be widely available in Mail, Notes, and SMS (plus in Stocks app). With landscape, you can now type even more accurately as the keys are more spaced apart.

This Might Change Your Life, 25 Cents at a Time

MMS Support: Beyond sending of pictures via MMS, we will now be able to send voice notes, contacts, and your location. Now, this might seem like fun and games, but if your Rogers/Fido Value Pack does not include MMS, you will be paying for it! It costs 25 cents to send a MMS with Rogers, but it is free to receive. You’ve been warned! 😉

Buying the 6GB/$30 Data Plan is Going to Pay Off

Now, I’m glad that I purchased the 6GB/$30 data plan from Rogers. What made me realize this was the preview of the ESPN app that included streaming sports highlights. Hopefully this app will be available to Canadians, but I can see maybe TSN or Sportsnet coming out with iPhone apps, and I can imagine myself watching NHL highlights on the go. Now that would be just amazing!

Over 100 iPhone OS 3.0 Features Coming in Summer of 2009

Apple mentioned over 100 features coming, but here’s a screenshot of some features they didn’t go into too much detail about:

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Apple Satisfied Most iPhone User Concerns and Needs

I was definitely surprised by the massive list of changes coming to iPhone OS 3.0. Sure, some of these features took a while but better late than never. What makes the iPhone very unique is that in the snap of a finger, one firmware update can improve and change your device for the better. Other manufacturers release firmware updates to squash bugs, but rarely do they drop so many new features.

Anyways, I could go on forever about all the new features. What was your favorite part of the Apple Event announcement? I didn’t cover everything, so feel free to chime in.

Click here to watch the Apple Event online!

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  • Anonymous

    I usually try not to swear, but this is fuckin’ awesome. 😀

    MMS you say costs $0.25? not if you’ve got a $5/month plan that includes 50 of them. (plus a butt-load of text messages… :D)

    OOOOH MAN. Do want OS 3.0. NAO.

  • I usually try not to swear, but this is fuckin’ awesome. 😀

    MMS you say costs $0.25? not if you’ve got a $5/month plan that includes 50 of them. (plus a butt-load of text messages… :D)

    OOOOH MAN. Do want OS 3.0. NAO.

  • Harry

    Landscape writing, cut/copy/paste is what i’m looking forward too!

  • Harry

    Landscape writing, cut/copy/paste is what i’m looking forward too!

  • Guest

    I had hoped that they would announce new hardware with a better camera and where is the video recording capability?

  • Mike B

    I had hoped that they would announce new hardware with a better camera and where is the video recording capability?

  • Phoenix

    Isn’t MMS .50 cents on Rogers, not 25? I put my SIM in my old phone to send some pics and Rogers charged me .50 for each. I’m sure Rogers will add MMS. There will be too many people complaining if they don’t!!

  • Phoenix

    Isn’t MMS .50 cents on Rogers, not 25? I put my SIM in my old phone to send some pics and Rogers charged me .50 for each. I’m sure Rogers will add MMS. There will be too many people complaining if they don’t!!

  • Justin

    landscape writing, multiple photo send, push notification is what I like.

  • Justin

    landscape writing, multiple photo send, push notification is what I like.

  • Patrick

    One thing I am concerned about in Canada is the new support for tethering. Rogers is a notoriously terrible company and Apple was cryptic on how tethering will work with providers.

  • Patrick

    One thing I am concerned about in Canada is the new support for tethering. Rogers is a notoriously terrible company and Apple was cryptic on how tethering will work with providers.

  • I’d like to see background application running. I’d want to run like mail with tweetie and something like safari without having to exit them all the time. I’d take a hit to battery life. Perhaps they could limit the number of apps allowed to run in teh background at a time?

    I’ll be glad to see the landscape keyboard. So much easier to type

  • I’d like to see background application running. I’d want to run like mail with tweetie and something like safari without having to exit them all the time. I’d take a hit to battery life. Perhaps they could limit the number of apps allowed to run in teh background at a time?

    I’ll be glad to see the landscape keyboard. So much easier to type

  • Kai

    Yeah… All these new features are nice… it would have been nice to have them originally.

    But in fairness, Apple’s model is probably the better one as a business model and for the consumer. I would rather have a complete hardware package a year early with incomplete software rather than wait for a complete hardware/software package a year later. We just get to play with it earlier =P.

    And to all those people thinking it was Apple’s ingenuity that made the “wait” to give us software updates, you’re giving Apple way too much credit. Apple isn’t god, they didn’t put out a half-finished product because they wanted to, they did it because they couldn’t get everything done in time. Why would a company purposely leave out features that would cast doubt on theur product. I’m sure if the 3g shipped with 3.0 last year when it first arrived, it wouldn’t be 13.7 mil units sold, it’d be more like 30 mil units; closer to Nokia’s numbers.

  • Kai

    Yeah… All these new features are nice… it would have been nice to have them originally.

    But in fairness, Apple’s model is probably the better one as a business model and for the consumer. I would rather have a complete hardware package a year early with incomplete software rather than wait for a complete hardware/software package a year later. We just get to play with it earlier =P.

    And to all those people thinking it was Apple’s ingenuity that made the “wait” to give us software updates, you’re giving Apple way too much credit. Apple isn’t god, they didn’t put out a half-finished product because they wanted to, they did it because they couldn’t get everything done in time. Why would a company purposely leave out features that would cast doubt on theur product. I’m sure if the 3g shipped with 3.0 last year when it first arrived, it wouldn’t be 13.7 mil units sold, it’d be more like 30 mil units; closer to Nokia’s numbers.

  • Guest

    Nice post iPhoneFan, can’t wait to check out the FW update when its released.

  • Dusty

    Nice post iPhoneFan, can’t wait to check out the FW update when its released.

  • SINISTERjoker

    First of all yes i have an iphone but come on ppl!! this is jus stupid!! most of this crap as been out for years on other phones notifications copy and paste and search and MMS!!?? come on i had most of this stuff on my nokia back in highschool in 2002 and i got that phone free with a contract why is everyone is gettin super excited bout old technology? And copy and paste!! IT TOOK THEM THIS LONG FOR IT TO BE SO PLAIN AND SIMPLE! god damn they coulda easily had that in the first version

    I have no idea how apple has brainwashed everyone there the only company that i can think of that always gets away with delaying anythin by simply sayin “we wanted to do it right” fuck off with that shit. A game company delays a game and everyones pissed if u bought a car and ur dealer was late on preping it and they gave u an excuse that they wanted to do it right ud be pissed and bullshit dont say u wouldnt….

    And apple bein such babies bout the app store im 24 make a section for apps i want! im sick of petting puppies and feeding kittins i want a south park app with swearing and shows in it! meanwhile as apple denys it for “questionable content” they sell the fuckin unsensored episodes in there store!! gimme a damn break apple im sick of them tellin me what i need and how i should use it im a big boy i dont need another mother naggin at me behind my back….

    But enought about this complaining and bickering i gotta get back to the flock of other white sheep i was in and conform and have no wayward thought of what the great apple has to tell me to do or i could be sent to the processing plant

  • SINISTERjoker

    First of all yes i have an iphone but come on ppl!! this is jus stupid!! most of this crap as been out for years on other phones notifications copy and paste and search and MMS!!?? come on i had most of this stuff on my nokia back in highschool in 2002 and i got that phone free with a contract why is everyone is gettin super excited bout old technology? And copy and paste!! IT TOOK THEM THIS LONG FOR IT TO BE SO PLAIN AND SIMPLE! god damn they coulda easily had that in the first version

    I have no idea how apple has brainwashed everyone there the only company that i can think of that always gets away with delaying anythin by simply sayin “we wanted to do it right” fuck off with that shit. A game company delays a game and everyones pissed if u bought a car and ur dealer was late on preping it and they gave u an excuse that they wanted to do it right ud be pissed and bullshit dont say u wouldnt….

    And apple bein such babies bout the app store im 24 make a section for apps i want! im sick of petting puppies and feeding kittins i want a south park app with swearing and shows in it! meanwhile as apple denys it for “questionable content” they sell the fuckin unsensored episodes in there store!! gimme a damn break apple im sick of them tellin me what i need and how i should use it im a big boy i dont need another mother naggin at me behind my back….

    But enought about this complaining and bickering i gotta get back to the flock of other white sheep i was in and conform and have no wayward thought of what the great apple has to tell me to do or i could be sent to the processing plant

  • Kai

    @SINISTERjoker

    I think they did it right, they didn’t force you to buy the phone without those features. At the time you bought the phone, there were probably other attractive factors that made you buy the phone. Now 1 year later, with the 1 year of advancements in technology (the Palm Pre) your phone is now once again on par with the current standard. Tech devices never increase in value because usually right after the comsumer signs the papers, thr deal is done and they have all your money so there is no need to make the device better, even though they have the capacity. Apple’s business model is different and they make money even after you have made the purchase. The fact that they are investing money to improve a device that you already bought is of benefit to you! They can afford this because *they’re* banking on the fact that you’ll buy apps later but again it’s your choice.

    From a business point of view, they got it right. They were able to sell and they were able to get contracts signed early and ahead of the game (about 1 year early – which is a lot considering thid particular industry). Pulling in customers early and keeping them with a plan to continue to profit off of past sale is ingenious. (A business model similar to Windows).

    From a consumer point of viee they got it right by making your purchase a good investment. The phone is able to sustain its value even after a year. In the cell phone industry that’s huge because the trend was that better products were coming out every 6 months. (better processor, better camera, etc). Oh yeah, and about better camera, if you know anything about optics, 8 mega pixels with a lense the size of you fingernail does nothing but create more noise and waste space on your internal storage. It’s true that the phone has more information to make better noise cancelling algorithms but it’s a circular reasoning aimed only at increasing the megapixel count so uneducated consumers will buy.

    I’m very far from an Apple fan being a windows programmer most of my life. I disklike most of their ads and marketing tactics and I hate the crowds of uneducated fanboys making up stupidness to protect and promote Apple’s image. But I have to call it as I see it. I bought the iPhone after much thought and was even a little ashamed because I didn’t want to look like those fanboy idiots. But the facts remain that the iPhone is a great device in both hardware and software that is unrivaled. If you think about it, it makes sense because of the nature of cell phones. They are compact devices that need to be extremely efficient for practical use and this falls straight into Apple’s model that they have been promoting for over a decade: one manufacturer for both hardware and software to optimize performance and usability.

    Sorry for the long post. I don’t post often or at all so I figure I’d get my 2 cents in.

  • Kai

    @SINISTERjoker

    I think they did it right, they didn’t force you to buy the phone without those features. At the time you bought the phone, there were probably other attractive factors that made you buy the phone. Now 1 year later, with the 1 year of advancements in technology (the Palm Pre) your phone is now once again on par with the current standard. Tech devices never increase in value because usually right after the comsumer signs the papers, thr deal is done and they have all your money so there is no need to make the device better, even though they have the capacity. Apple’s business model is different and they make money even after you have made the purchase. The fact that they are investing money to improve a device that you already bought is of benefit to you! They can afford this because *they’re* banking on the fact that you’ll buy apps later but again it’s your choice.

    From a business point of view, they got it right. They were able to sell and they were able to get contracts signed early and ahead of the game (about 1 year early – which is a lot considering thid particular industry). Pulling in customers early and keeping them with a plan to continue to profit off of past sale is ingenious. (A business model similar to Windows).

    From a consumer point of viee they got it right by making your purchase a good investment. The phone is able to sustain its value even after a year. In the cell phone industry that’s huge because the trend was that better products were coming out every 6 months. (better processor, better camera, etc). Oh yeah, and about better camera, if you know anything about optics, 8 mega pixels with a lense the size of you fingernail does nothing but create more noise and waste space on your internal storage. It’s true that the phone has more information to make better noise cancelling algorithms but it’s a circular reasoning aimed only at increasing the megapixel count so uneducated consumers will buy.

    I’m very far from an Apple fan being a windows programmer most of my life. I disklike most of their ads and marketing tactics and I hate the crowds of uneducated fanboys making up stupidness to protect and promote Apple’s image. But I have to call it as I see it. I bought the iPhone after much thought and was even a little ashamed because I didn’t want to look like those fanboy idiots. But the facts remain that the iPhone is a great device in both hardware and software that is unrivaled. If you think about it, it makes sense because of the nature of cell phones. They are compact devices that need to be extremely efficient for practical use and this falls straight into Apple’s model that they have been promoting for over a decade: one manufacturer for both hardware and software to optimize performance and usability.

    Sorry for the long post. I don’t post often or at all so I figure I’d get my 2 cents in.

  • TheOtherHalfofTheGlass

    Very well said Kai, not much to add there , but if I may,
    In business one important concept is TTM ( Time To Market) , if you are the first on the market even with a non-perfect product, you’ll likely get a lion share of the market in the future, and that’s what Apple successfully did. If they wanted to get the perfect hardware/software, we would have waited another 3 years more.
    Nonetheless, ( I was in the same boath as Kai, never wanted to be an Apple fanboy), we must admit that Apple with its little weight in the cellphone industry ( less than 3 years ) did outlast, outplay the Nokia/Motorolla/RIM/…, with their decades of experience and R&D. Focusing on the user experience as opposed to the hardware components , in the eyes of the casual user like me , is the real deal. Apple took the user experience to another level. I like to compare what Apple did with the iphone just like what Nintendo did with the Wii, it targetted the casual user/gamer as opposed to being obsessed with hardcore games/cellphone users. I’m sure Apple now has plenty of time to make both the software and hardware better and they don’t have to worry too much about the competition.
    Now to the wish list, for me, a real convenience package should revolve around using Bluetooth for other uses, synching without cable , sending pictures, files, sharing contacts, play games, ….etc
    But again, these are all convenience enahncements nothing that we can’t find a workaround, it is just more convenient to have them

  • TheOtherHalfofTheGlass

    Very well said Kai, not much to add there , but if I may,
    In business one important concept is TTM ( Time To Market) , if you are the first on the market even with a non-perfect product, you’ll likely get a lion share of the market in the future, and that’s what Apple successfully did. If they wanted to get the perfect hardware/software, we would have waited another 3 years more.
    Nonetheless, ( I was in the same boath as Kai, never wanted to be an Apple fanboy), we must admit that Apple with its little weight in the cellphone industry ( less than 3 years ) did outlast, outplay the Nokia/Motorolla/RIM/…, with their decades of experience and R&D. Focusing on the user experience as opposed to the hardware components , in the eyes of the casual user like me , is the real deal. Apple took the user experience to another level. I like to compare what Apple did with the iphone just like what Nintendo did with the Wii, it targetted the casual user/gamer as opposed to being obsessed with hardcore games/cellphone users. I’m sure Apple now has plenty of time to make both the software and hardware better and they don’t have to worry too much about the competition.
    Now to the wish list, for me, a real convenience package should revolve around using Bluetooth for other uses, synching without cable , sending pictures, files, sharing contacts, play games, ….etc
    But again, these are all convenience enahncements nothing that we can’t find a workaround, it is just more convenient to have them

  • Yeah, for those with MMS bundled it can be a lot of fun! For those who aren’t aware, it will get costly! 😉

  • Yeah, for those with MMS bundled it can be a lot of fun! For those who aren’t aware, it will get costly! 😉

  • I’m just looking forward to the entire OS 3.0 as a whole. Should be very exciting! 🙂

  • It’s too bad there’s no video recording. But the 3.0 can be jailbroken, so that means you could still use Cycorder or QIK.

  • I’m just looking forward to the entire OS 3.0 as a whole. Should be very exciting! 🙂

  • It’s too bad there’s no video recording. But the 3.0 can be jailbroken, so that means you could still use Cycorder or QIK.

  • I’ve tethered with PDAnet, and no extra charges showed up on my bill. I wonder what will happen if it becomes “official” on Rogers? Glad I have the 6GB plan!

  • I’ve tethered with PDAnet, and no extra charges showed up on my bill. I wonder what will happen if it becomes “official” on Rogers? Glad I have the 6GB plan!

  • I know it’s frustrating to not get what you want, but can you name any product/company that gives you EVERYTHING you ask for in an update?? Name me a company that does that and I’ll buy their products!!

  • This is more like your two dollars! Excellent commentary!! 🙂

  • I know it’s frustrating to not get what you want, but can you name any product/company that gives you EVERYTHING you ask for in an update?? Name me a company that does that and I’ll buy their products!!

  • This is more like your two dollars! Excellent commentary!! 🙂

  • I like your point about comparing what Apple is doing to the likes of Nintendo. Totally just changing the game around and targeting casual users. It’s working and it’s going to make them richer!

  • I like your point about comparing what Apple is doing to the likes of Nintendo. Totally just changing the game around and targeting casual users. It’s working and it’s going to make them richer!

  • Jon

    I have the 6GB plan but I’m wondering this time if I will be able to upgrade to the new iPhone, provided I see it as worth it, without losing my 6 GB. Because like somebody noted, when we have ESPN video and such, I want that data. Right now, I typically go a bit over 1 GB a month on web browsing alone. If I start watching video and such more, then I think I’d like to make sure I have that. Not having to worry is so much nicer and lets you enjoy the services as they are meant to be enjoyed.

    I know normally Rogers has a set upgrade cycle but I’m hoping Apple has something worked out with them to allow us to upgrade who are not eligible, who bought the phone last year. I wasn’t actually eligible to last year but managed to get them to start me a new contract with no cancellation fee so I could get the phone, but as the 6 GB is not available anymore, I want to keep what I have now. What do yo guys think? Will Rogers allow people to simply extend their contract an additional year, maybe paying an additional $50 over regular users?

  • Jon

    I have the 6GB plan but I’m wondering this time if I will be able to upgrade to the new iPhone, provided I see it as worth it, without losing my 6 GB. Because like somebody noted, when we have ESPN video and such, I want that data. Right now, I typically go a bit over 1 GB a month on web browsing alone. If I start watching video and such more, then I think I’d like to make sure I have that. Not having to worry is so much nicer and lets you enjoy the services as they are meant to be enjoyed.

    I know normally Rogers has a set upgrade cycle but I’m hoping Apple has something worked out with them to allow us to upgrade who are not eligible, who bought the phone last year. I wasn’t actually eligible to last year but managed to get them to start me a new contract with no cancellation fee so I could get the phone, but as the 6 GB is not available anymore, I want to keep what I have now. What do yo guys think? Will Rogers allow people to simply extend their contract an additional year, maybe paying an additional $50 over regular users?

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