iPhone OS 3.0 Preview Event Highlights!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 13:49
Posted in category Apple, Featured, iPhone


Apple’s iPhone OS 3.0 Preview just finished wrapping up and here is the rundown of the new goods both developer wise and consumer wise that are coming to the worlds first Jesus phone via the 3.0 software update:

  • In-app purchasing (paid apps only)
  • Peer-to-peer (limited to Bonjour)
  • 3rd party hardware accessories “communicate” with iPhone and apps!
  • Google Maps now an API meaning developers can include it within their app! (No more having to close one app and open maps for directions!)
  • Core location now “freed”.  Real turn-by-turn coming.
  • Push Notifications servers/system “rearchitected”…(Good they fixed the problems before releasing it…now release in a more timely manner…please)
  • Still no background processes.  ”Performance on test models dropped by more than 80%…!  (Seems as if they need to work a little harder seeing as how RIM, Nokia, Palm, etc have managed to make it work and still have battery life at the end of the day.)
  • Audio/Video streaming API included in new SDK (should be interesting)
  • In-app email/iPod library access/battery API
  • Native OS 3.0 version of Meebo demo’d showing the push notification service in action
  • CUT, COPY AND FRICKEN PASTE!!! Features “shake to undo”  Literally shake to undo selections quickly.  Also works on third party apps as well!  Apparently it took forever becasue of “security issues”…?
  • Now can send multiple pictures in a single email.  Works much like bulk delete.  Select the pictures you want to send, copy them, and paste them into an email.  (Yay for old school)
  • Landscape keyboard now in SMS, Email, and Notes! (again…finally…do you regret paying for that landscape app now…?
  • Forwarding ability of SMS/text messages (lets hear it again for old school)
  • MMS!
  • Voice memos
  • Stocks.app update: News stories now featured at the bottom.  Landscape mode also now supported.
  • Search now goes beyond contacts.  Seach system wide through mail, calendars, etc.  If it’s not on your iPhone, you can also search the server!  (Sweet)
  • NEW HOMESCREEN!!! “Spotlight”  extension of search mentioned above as well as quick launcher!
  • Notes syncing
  • auto-fill
  • YouTube accounts
  • Stereo Bluetooth (Bluetooth chip in iPod Touch 2G “unlocked”..let your minds wonder…
  • Auto WiFi login
  • Anti-phishing
  • Tethering…”they’re working on it”
  • Lagginess and slowness will be even further reduced in 3.0
  • OS 3.0 available this summer for free on iPhones and $9.95 for iPod Touch
  • Beta testing via SKD for 3.0 available today…(devs start testing now!)
  • many more features included in 3.0 but not revealed today

And now for the bad news:

  • 1st gen iPhone’s will not have support for stereo bluetooth OR MMS…..major bummer!  Looks like with your 1st gen contract coming to an end an upgrade will indeed be in store for you.
  • Still now background apps
  • no flash support
  • no video recording
  • NO promises on Push Notification server(s) uptime…
  • First they apparently don’t know what bluetooth file transfers are…second…doesn’t look like it’s going to be included in 3.0.  (I hold out hope…)


Come inside for a gallery of all the slideshow goodness from the event!


*Picutres property of Engadget*



Source: Engadget

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One Response to “iPhone OS 3.0 Preview Event Highlights!”

  1. Gib says:

    March 17th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Some pretty awesome stuff!

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