iPhone OS 3.0 Summary

Apple is launching the marketing operations for what will be included in the new iPhone OS today. TimeDoctor Dot Org will list out the highlights so you don’t have to read all the liveblogs.

Only the important items are listed. Full details and executive sarcasm after the break, executive summary before it:

  • Developers can now charge for subscriptions, DLC, in-app purchasing of content, etc. Of course, Apple still takes their 30% cut on all this.
  • Bonjour-powered adhoc bluetooth pairing for multiplayer games and other applications.
  • Accessories can communicate with software over the dock connector or via bluetooth.
  • Fancy push notifications are in (sound effects, etc). Background processes aren’t.
  • Developer access to built-in music is in.
  • Copy and paste is in.
  • Landscape (including keyboard) mode in all of Apple’s apps.
  • MMS
  • Spotlight searching across many apps’ content.
  • Stereo bluetooth for headphones.
  • All developers have access to the beta versions of both the SDK and firmware now. NDA in full effect on beta versions.
  • Ships this summer. iPhone 3G and iPhone 2G get it for free. $10 for iPod Touch. iPhone 2G will be missing some features.

  • Over 1000 new APIs!
  • Developers can now charge for subscriptions, DLC, in-app purchasing of content, etc. Of course, Apple still takes their 30% cut on all this.
  • The exception to that is free apps, which can’t charge for anything.
  • Bonjour-powered adhoc bluetooth pairing for multiplayer games and other applications.
  • Further integration for accessories, they’ve demonstrated this with an fm transmitter being tuned on the iPhone. Accessories can communicate with software over the dock connector or via bluetooth.
  • Developers can now embed Google’s maps app in their own, but with the caveat that the Google-supplied images cannot be used (byom).
  • Similarly, fancy push notifications are in (sound effects, etc). Background processes aren’t going to happen due to a reduction in standby time when background processes don’t sleep properly, etc. Bring your own relay server, because all Apple is going to do is figure out how to deal with all the carriers. Oh, and rake in their 30 percent of your income on all transactions.
  • Developers can now embed the e-mail sheet in their app, so you no-longer have to do a relay race with the e-mail app.
  • They’ve demonstrated a lot of the above functionality with an IM application and EA/Maxis’ Sims video game.
  • In that game a “Sim” plays with a jukebox containing the user’s iPod music library, so, developer access to built-in music is in there finally.
  • Oracle demonstrated push notifications and whatnot with inventory notifications
  • ESPN demonstrated custom push-notification alerts with a goofy sound effect. Prepare for more annoying phone sounds in public and in private at the worst possible times.
  • The ESPN app also demonstrates streaming video. Hooray for new developments in technology to match realplayer from the 90s.
  • LifeScan shows up, demonstrates how a diabetes lifestyle app could help you manage your diabetes through data being fed over the dock connection or bluetooth. I’m still not sold on getting diabetes.
  • Copy and paste is in. It’ll even copy and paste web-content. Congratulations Apple circa 2009, you’ve caught up with Netscape circa 1999. Though you couldn’t shake to undo the copy/paste operation in Netscape.
  • Landscape (including keyboard) mode in all of Apple’s apps.
  • MMS welcomes apple to 1999 again.
  • Spotlight searching across many apps’ content.
  • Stereo bluetooth for headphones.
  • Hotspot credentials are stored, recalled, automatically.
  • Expected youtube app updates are in.
  • Anti-phishing in Safari. Which will also remember login credentials. Finally, they’re up to the Netscape of 2005!
  • CalDAV in the calendar application.
  • All developers have access to the beta versions of the SDK and firmware today.
  • Ships this summer. iPhone 3G and iPhone 2G get it for free. $10 for iPod Touch. iPhone 2G will be missing some features.

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