While we were busy getting our processor value analysis ready yesterday, Apple took the wraps off its third major iPhone operating system release. The new OS is only available in beta form to developers for now, but the folks at Tech Fragments have put together a neat run-down of the new features (and omissions).
Some of the most noteworthy additions include: copy-and-paste capabilities, at last; support for typing in landscape mode with a “larger keyboard” in Apple apps; the ability to search one’s contacts, e-mails, notes, and iTunes library; and support for sending Multimedia Messaging System messages. For third-party developers, iPhone OS 3.0 reportedly brings “over 1,000 new APIs” and goodies like Google Maps integration.
Still absent from the release: Adobe Flash and tethering support, although Tech Fragments points out that those features could pop up in a minor iPhone OS update.
Regular iPhone users will get the new mobile operating system free of charge this summer. As always, iPod touch users will have to pay for the upgrade—$9.95, to be precise.