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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 invidious on 3/16/2009 4:06:48 PM , Rating: -1
quote:
guess it depends on what capabilities are important to you


Its is a phone, text messenger, a web browser, application platform, game platform, and music player. The vast majority of users dont know about or care about any of the things people critisize the iphone for not having.

Sure the copy/paste would be nice, but most people have never had that on a phone and thus dont care that much about it.

Apple has been in the phone business for a few years, and they keep supporting the device with patches and adding new content for free. I think they are doing a pretty good job, stop complaining.


RE: OMG!
By nycromes on 3/16/2009 4:29:46 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think they were complaining but rather trying to put in perspective the phone which many think is way ahead of it's time. In reality it took many of the best features of phones, put them in a nice shiny and very controlled package that works well in most cases.

Many people seem to overlook the features that are available on other phones and not the iPhone while they try to tout the features on the iPhone as way ahead of their time. In reality there was much improvement on the features that Apple chose implement, and it is a great device. Its not really ahead of the competition by much if at all, except maybe at launch and even thats debatable.


RE: OMG!
By zerocool84 on 3/16/2009 6:02:01 PM , Rating: 3
While they are giving it new features, they block user created ones that could give you the functionality NOW. I just rather not support a company that tells me what they think I want and need. They have been doing it forever even before the iphone. I like the iphone but will never buy it because I do not support apple's tactics in many things they do. To me they are just as bad, if not worse now than Microsoft was.


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