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Key software and hardware updates may be coming for the iPhone

DailyTech previously reported that Apple would soon be previewing the 3.0 version of its iPhone OS to the tech community.  With Apple's smartphone well positioned in the market, posting some of the strongest hardware sales of last year, the release of a new OS is a big event.  Many are hoping that the new OS will hint at new hardware or will offer some of the basic functionality like copy and paste which Apple has long denied its users.

The copy and paste rumors in particular are picking up steam.  Digg's Kevin Rose, a past clairvoyant with Apple predictions, claims to have the scoop on copy and paste.  He makes unconfirmed claims that copy/cut and paste will be implemented in the 3.0 OS.  The process, summarized on a Gizmodo blog is:

Cut and paste in 3.0:
- Users magnify or double tap a word to bring up cut and paste
- Pinch "boundaries" to select word(s); Rose called them "copy boundaries"
- Then you get option to cut, paste or copy

It is also rumored that MMS and video messaging will not be supported in the new OS.  Rumors about these features have been propagating for the last couple weeks, but recent reports from inside sources indicate that these desirable features are unfortunately not to be.

Another top rumor is that new hardware may be in the mix.  This rumor is fueled by the fact that every past x.0 iPhone OS release has corresponded to a new hardware release.  Many are speculating that a 32 GB iPhone will be released as a 32 GB iPod Touch already exists.  Further, some are going as far as to speculate that new processors/casing/etc. may be in the mix as well.

Finally, there are rumors about Apple tweaking how its applications run.  Apps have been a pillar of the iPhone 3G's wild success, but currently only one app can be active at a time.  According to Kevin Rose, the ability to have other apps running in the background will not be supported.  Apple has long said this is the case due to memory limitations.  However, the rumor is still popping up that Apple may support background operation for a limited number of apps.

Others are claiming Apple will institute a slightly different scheme -- push notifications.  This feature would allow non-running apps like IM clients to receive and display notifications (i.e. a popup when a new IM is received).  This would be one possible way of getting around the background limitations, possibly without using as much memory.

Ultimately, the iPhone 3.0 OS is Apple's chance to prove itself the superior competitor to the much anticipated Palm Pre phone.  While it is seemingly increasingly unlikely that Apple will be able to kill the multi-touch Pre with litigation (Apple has a rather ambiguous patent on multi-touch, while the Pre is the first smart phone outside the iPhone to support it), Apple must seek to take it on by offering better features. 

Whether Apple can deliver on such features is intimately attached to the capabilities of the new OS.  However, at this point these capabilities remain unsubstantiated rumors, and cannot be fairly judged.



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RE: OMG!
By Darnell021 on 3/16/2009 3:32:09 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think Apple's model is much like the WinMo model considering they design their OS for 2 phones right now, the iPhone and the iPhone 3g. They went out of their way from the start to make sure the carrier would have limited capabilities as to how they sold and supported their phones, and they make upgrades readily available to the consumer. Aren't WinMo phones traditionally designed by third parties for specific versions of the WinMo OS and also under normal obligations of the cell phone carrier to be upgraded?

Regardless, I'm sure copy paste will be well done on the new 3.0 OS, they've had soooo long to perfect it.


RE: OMG!
By omnicronx on 3/16/2009 5:16:11 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I don't think Apple's model is much like the WinMo model considering they design their OS for 2 phones right now, the iPhone and the iPhone 3g.
Without a doubt, its their biggest flaw and advantage;) Easy to design and support an OS for a certain set of hardware, yet makes it much harder to get a larger target audience. On the other hand, when you can sell your products for more money when it 'just works', you make more money by selling less product
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Aren't WinMo phones traditionally designed by third parties for specific versions of the WinMo OS and also under normal obligations of the cell phone carrier to be upgraded?
Microsoft licenses out the Windows mobile OS, so yes they are designed by 3rd parties, but there are only two specific versions of Windows Mobile, smartphone and PPC editions. What you see today on most phones like HTC are of the PPC variety. And yes, upgrades are fully the responsibility of the third party (i.e the carrier).


RE: OMG!
By croc on 3/16/2009 10:06:23 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't quite work like that... MS makes the OS, licenses the OS (and the API's) to the MFG. In your example HTC. HTC then adds on their bits to make their radio implementation, bluetooth, wifi, whatever to work. HTC then signs a deal with a carrier to carry that model, but the carrier wants a 'branded' device. Carrier may specify just a UI change, or may specify that certain 'features' are disabled. Say wifi, because that carrier has none.

So MS makes a newer version of firmware, bugfix, feature patch, whatever. New version now has to go through that whole process again. Carrier may very well not want to spend the money on the branding process, or HTC may decide that it will implement that in its new model and not offer it.

Apple, OTOH, controls the entire process end to end. Special carrier branding? Take it or leave it. Are carriers happy? No, but if the demand is large enough they'll take it.


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