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Published on March 18th, 2009 | by James Smythe

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Apple iPhone OS 3.0 dds copy and paste, MMS, Spotlight Search and more

It looks like Apple are finally adding some of the much in demand functionality to their iPhone OS. Two of the main features that people have been going on and on about are the ability to Cut, copy and paste and also send MMS.

There seems to be quite a lot of updates which is certainly good news for the Apple Fanboys. However it is not quite all good news. If you are a iPod touch owner you will have to fork our $9.95 and for 1st gen iPhone owners you won’t get A2DP or MMS due to hardware limitations.

A developer beta of OS 3.0 is available today and the full free update will be coming to all iPhone users in the summer.

General functionality

  • Cut, copy and paste. You can shake the phone to undo and redo the action, and it works with both text and photos.
  • MMS, along with forward and delete for multiple messages.
  • A2DP stereo Bluetooth.
  • Unlocked Bluetooth functionality on 2G iPod touch.
  • Spotlight has been added to a new home screen page to the left of existing pages, allowing for universal search on the phone.
  • Tethering is built into 3.0, and Apple will work with carriers on that.
  • App Store will be available in 77 countries.
  • Parental controls for TV shows, movies and App Store apps.
  • Auto-login for WiFi hotspots.

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 view available for Mail, Text and Notes.
  • 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 syncing to Mac and PC.
  • YouTube account support.
  • Form auto-fill.
  • Phishing protection.
  • Shake the shuffle iPod playback.

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.

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