iPhone OS 3.0

Apple event will highlight iPhone OS 3.0

Earlier today, Apple issued a press event announcement that promises to offer a "sneak peek" at iPhone OS 3.0. It'll go down at 10am Pacific on March 17th in Apple's Town Hall building in Cupertino.

As usual, the whole thing is rather cryptic. From the "blueprint" graphic and text, it sounds like the event will be limited to an overview (but not a release) of iPhone OS 3.0. Perhaps we'll learn a bit about any changes to the SDK as well.

What would you like to see? Copy and paste, for sure. Push notifications for 3rd party apps next. Anything else?

Finally, we don't know who will be doing the talking. Typically, we just assumed it would be Steve.


8 Things iPhone OS 3.0 Needs

8.) Cut and paste. This is painfully obvious. Cut and paste is a core Apple feature, all the way back to the first Mac, and it's something everyone expects in text editing.

7.) MMS support. No one has ever been able to explain why Apple disdains picture messaging. MMS support is a no-brainer.

6.) A shared sandbox. iPhone apps each run in their own little data space, which is great for security but awful for apps that want to work on the same data (like an office program trying to read e-mail attachments.) Apple needs to build a shared data area that apps can drop "public" files into.

5.) Some background functionality. Maybe it's push notifications, like Apple promised a year ago. Maybe it's true background tasks. In any case, it's absolutely silly that instant messaging apps, Twitter apps, and such have no way of telling you that you have new messages while you're doing something else.

4.) Wireless stereo. Steve Jobs rightfully disdains Bluetooth stereo audio because it generally sounds awful. But there have been a lot of innovations in wireless stereo recently, and whatever technology Apple chooses to bless would instantly become the leader. Whether Apple goes with Kleer, one of the new lossless Bluetooth stereo codecs or something totally new, it's time to free us from the tangle of headset cords.

3.) Better power management. The iPhone burns through battery because it's used more heavily, and in more different ways, than any other device. That means many iPhone owners feel their phones have relatively short battery life. Since Apple will never allow a replaceable battery, let's suggest some smarter power-management software to keep the phone going for longer on a charge.

2.) Better home screen customization. Let's be able to throw away the default icons, like that stupid stock widget. And let's be able to fully theme our iPhones, the way the illicit WinterBoard program lets hackers do.

1.) Video recording (and a better photo app). We know the iPhone can record video, because various people have hacked its software to do so. Time for that feature to become official. Also, would it hurt the photo app to have a settings panel, for folks who want to be able to play with things like picture resolution and night-shot mode? And the home button should be the shutter. Source