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Apple has sent emails to developers inviting them to try a new OS v3.1 SDK. The new OS update will add improved voice dialing, pasting phone numbers, better video editing, improved OpenGL, and faster boot times.  (Source: Apple)

The iPhone video editing app now won't save over your old file unless you want it to (at last!).  (Source: Apple)
Apple already is gearing up for a new OS update

It didn't take Apple long after the release of its iPhone OS v3.0 to begin preparing for the first major update to the new OS.  Apple has announced the availability of a beta of its OS v3.1 along with a 3.1 version SDK, for its developers.

IPhone OS v3.1 will improve video editing, one of the hot new features on the iPhone 3G S.  The 3G S allows users to edit videos by selecting or deselecting series of frames, however, the edits automatically overwrote the original.  Now the system prompts the user with the option to save a copy, when saving your editing work.

Arranging icons on the home screen also has had a cool vibration effect added.  Another little OS level tweak is the boot time -- the phone now boots considerably faster.

Another nice addition is the inclusion of paste into the dialing screen.  Users can now paste phone numbers into the dial box.  Alphanumeric numbers, such as 1-800-MY-APPLE, will be properly converted to phone numbers.

MMS functionality is supported in the beta, though it is still not supported on the network by AT&T.  The beta's final major addition is the ability to use Voice Control via a Bluetooth headset.

The SDK for the OS update includes APIs to add video editing to applications, opening the door for fancy third-party video editing suites.  The SDK also includes improved versions of the OpenGL and Quartz engines (Quartz is the Mac OS X graphics presentation engine).

There is no official word when the new OS update will be released to the public, but expect it to land within the next month.

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Apple innovating again...
By smackababy on 7/1/2009 11:03:01 AM , Rating: 3
I love the commercial touting the voice command. I am pretty sure my dumb phone has that long before Apple.

RE: Apple innovating again...
By Brandon Hill on 7/1/2009 11:07:45 AM , Rating: 5
Not nearly as bad as the commercial claiming that copy & paste is something revolutionary in the mobile sector:

RE: Apple innovating again...
By theapparition on 7/1/2009 11:21:35 AM , Rating: 5
Yeah, I'm waiting for Apple to come out with something truely a 3 button mouse.

RE: Apple innovating again...
By Souka on 7/1/2009 11:48:14 AM , Rating: 2
or ability to capture video on their phone.... oh wait, they did on their 3rd gen, they're pushing the technology curve.

Oh... I like how it seems the "overheating" issue doesn't seem to be addressed.... Makes me laugh when a company tag line is, "it just works"... yeah it works, but the pretty white plastic yellows in a few days and looks nasty. And lets forget what such cooking temps do to a battery.

Oh well...who cares...they'll release the iPhone 3Gsx soon enough, and 90% of their followers will buy it setting new sales records..and profits.

Ugh... so sick of iPhone lunacy.

Oh...btw, I have a company issued iPhone 3G now for a the phone a lot...but often wish I could still be using my Blackberry Curve or a Bold...

My $.02 of rant...

RE: Apple innovating again...
By mofo3k on 7/1/2009 11:57:31 AM , Rating: 1
having a second user play the game on PC2 is a piracy gray are

What?? You mean I'll have to pay extra next year to get the new version? As a Loyal iPhone early adopter, I feel that I should get this next version for free.


RE: Apple innovating again...
By Bryf50 on 7/1/2009 1:20:07 PM , Rating: 2
Ok Im confused.

RE: Apple innovating again...
By mofo3k on 7/1/2009 2:21:48 PM , Rating: 2
My bad, I meant to paste this quote
Oh well...who cares...they'll release the iPhone 3Gsx soon enough, and 90% of their followers will buy it setting new sales records..and profits.

And then I went on to make fun of all the people who whined about how ATT and Apple was screwing them over because they're on a 2 year contract and have to pay extra for the 3GS.

RE: Apple innovating again...
By Chaser on 7/1/2009 1:27:59 PM , Rating: 2
I wish us mind numb, Apple sheep, followers that sink money into any new iphone Apple could be as discriminatingly brilliant as you.

Ugh... so sick of baseless stereotyping in a pathetic attempt to look "more" sophisticated.

RE: Apple innovating again...
By icanhascpu on 7/1/2009 11:49:43 PM , Rating: 1
I can record video on my first gen iPhone right now.

RE: Apple innovating again...
By jimbojimbo on 7/1/2009 12:03:21 PM , Rating: 4
Soon they'll act like they invented the idea of actually being able to change the tone for new email. Wow! Nobody's thought of that before! Those Apple guys are such innovators!

RE: Apple innovating again...
By Mitch101 on 7/1/2009 12:35:24 PM , Rating: 3
The next breakthrough is going to be a battery door which get this allows someone to replace the battery themselves.

RE: Apple innovating again...
By plewis00 on 7/1/2009 5:18:06 PM , Rating: 3
It'll be an easily accessible battery door with a tamper-proof Apple-only screwdriver you can order for £19.99 and the second you use it, it'll short part of the PCB and void the warranty.

Or maybe there is already a battery door but they'll charge you to unlock it's functionality a few months down the line and then make a song and dance about it like the coming of the Messiah - yes, this is more likely thinking about how us iPod Touch 2G users have been treated...

RE: Apple innovating again...
By joos2000 on 7/2/2009 4:24:41 AM , Rating: 2
Bah, my old SE-W880i has had copy&paste functionality since day 1.

RE: Apple innovating again...
By robinthakur on 7/2/2009 7:12:47 AM , Rating: 2
Copy/paste in itself is hardly revolutionary, and I thought the feature would be lacking, but Apple's implementation has pleasntly surprised me by being the best darn mobile copy and paste i've used...Whatever that means

RE: Apple innovating again...
By Screwballl on 7/1/2009 11:21:54 AM , Rating: 2
I have a LG Chocolate that has had the voice command available since their first release several years ago, long before the iphone

RE: Apple innovating again...
By Capt Caveman on 7/1/2009 7:37:02 PM , Rating: 2
Wait, you can say the name of a band and your phone will play their music? Or do you mean that your phone has voice dialing and not voice command?

RE: Apple innovating again...
By sprockkets on 7/2/2009 3:08:37 AM , Rating: 2
WinMob's voice command program, offered as part of the OS, can do stuff like:

1. You say "What can I say?" It replies, "Choose a help topic" and gives various topics.

2. Turn on and off the antenna.
3. Say, "Play something" and will read off your music folders.
4. Announce Caller ID.
5. Read text messages.
5. Open apps.

Been around since 2005 at least.

Motorola's EZX Linux OS voice command system can do most of the same as well, available since 2004. It does it over my BT headset under my Ming and also plays ringtones over the headset as well.

RE: Apple innovating again...
By Penth on 7/2/2009 12:49:13 AM , Rating: 2
They may have added features that other phones have had for years but most of those phones are missing many features the iphone has. I upgraded my year old 3G to a new 32GB 3GS and made $30 doing it. Technology products that appreciate in value, there's a feature they should tout.

I'm not a big fan of apples products (especially iTunes, slow running piece of garbage) but the iphone is a sweet phone at a very sweet price.

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