Apple Announces iPhone OS 3.0 Firmware, Points Out New Features to Come

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Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2009, 12:22
Category: iPhone

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Apple held its long-awaited iPhone OS 3.0 announcement today in front of a crowd of developers and invited media. The announcement mentioned prominent new changes including the addition of push notification, which Apple stated as requiring an overhaul of its servers to accommodate. Upon delivery, push notification can deliver signals such as sounds and text alerts to Apple, which can then push the data to the iPhones.
According to MacNN, Apple has also expanded the business models offered by the App Store and, allowing users to purchase additional content within an application provided that users have already signed in via their iTunes account. From here, users can purchase items such as books, regional content or extra game levels.
Apple then cited that the inclusion of approximately 1,000 new APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) will grant developers access to features such as iPod libraries, embedded e-mail, audio/video streaming and Google Maps integration. Core Location should also enable turn-by-turn navigation, allowing practical driving applications.
Company representatives also stated that iPhone OS 3.0 will support all standard Bluetooth protocols, including Bonjour, allowing iPhones to be able to use features such as automatic device detection as well as peer-to-peer gaming sessions that would locate possible opponents to play against within a given area. Third-party sccessory makers have also been given direct hardware control with the new firmware, permitting functions such as tuning an FM transmitter from the iPhone interface.
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3giphone.jpg
Apple held its long-awaited iPhone OS 3.0 announcement today in front of a crowd of developers and invited media. The announcement mentioned prominent new changes including the addition of push notification, which Apple stated as requiring an overhaul of its servers to accommodate. Upon delivery, push notification can deliver signals such as sounds and text alerts to Apple, which can then push the data to the iPhones.
According to MacNN, Apple has also expanded the business models offered by the App Store and, allowing users to purchase additional content within an application provided that users have already signed in via their iTunes account. From here, users can purchase items such as books, regional content or extra game levels.
Apple then cited that the inclusion of approximately 1,000 new APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) will grant developers access to features such as iPod libraries, embedded e-mail, audio/video streaming and Google Maps integration. Core Location should also enable turn-by-turn navigation, allowing practical driving applications.
Company representatives also stated that iPhone OS 3.0 will support all standard Bluetooth protocols, including Bonjour, allowing iPhones to be able to use features such as automatic device detection as well as peer-to-peer gaming sessions that would locate possible opponents to play against within a given area. Third-party sccessory makers have also been given direct hardware control with the new firmware, permitting functions such as tuning an FM transmitter from the iPhone interface.
The iPhone OS 3.0 SDK beta is now available to all participants in the iPhone Developer Program and is available here.
For the user base, a lot of their wishes came true today.
Per the Apple Core, iPhone OS 3.0 offers the following new features:

  • P2P wireless is for iPhones, iPod touch
  • Accessories can communicate through the Dock
  • A2DP — Stereo Bluetooth
  • Push notifications
  • Cut, copy and paste across applications.
  • Landscape mode for Apple apps
  • Calendar gets CalDAV support
    New Apps:

  • Messages app — featuring MMS support
  • Voice Memo app
  • Spotlight — standalone app and integrated search across some apps
    Spotlight-aware Apps:

  • Address Book
  • Mail (can only search email headers, not message content)
  • Calendar
  • iPod
  • Notes (entire note)
  • iPod (music & movies)
  • Third-party apps
    Updated Apps:

  • Stocks — gets more info
  • Calendar — Exchange, CalDAV and calendar subscriptions
  • Notes — now syncs (only with MobileMe)
    New API’s:

  • Maps API
  • Email sheet — so apps don’t have to quit
  • Proximity sensors
  • iPod library access
  • Streaming audio and video over HTTP so it even goes through firewalls
  • Data detectors
  • VoIP APIs
    Other nifty new features including note syncing, auto-login for Wi-Fi hotspots, a new Safari feature to remember login credentials, and detect phishing attempts in the same manner as its desktop counterpart and the ability to save favorite YouTube videos and subscribe to channels.
    The iPhone OS 3.0 update will be available for free to iPhone 3G users and will retail for US$9.95 for iPod touch and original iPhone users. The firmware is expected to be released this summer.
    As always feel free to chip your two cents in on this in the comments or forums.

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