Yesterday, we discussed that the event on March 17th would be previewing the iPhone OS 3.0. A few sites confirmed that Apple would be showing the new operating system as well as posting the text from Apple’s Invites. However, as we move closer to the event new speculations are coming in.
BGR as we said in yesterdays post claims to have heard that MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) and tethering via Bluetooth of USB should be incorporated in the 3.0 update. The absence of MMS turned many people away from the iPhone since it’s launch. MMS would finally offer a solution for users to send and receive photos through SMS, and tethering to share your iPhone’s data connection with the iPhone.
John Gruber also brings forth some interesting points in his “guesses” about iPhone OS 3.0 back in January at Macworld.
As for what might appear in iPhone OS 3.0, here’s my wish list. First, a new home screen app (a.k.a. SpringBoard), designed from the ground up for a system where users have a few dozen or more extra apps installed. Managing dozens of apps on the iPhone today is simply a pain in the ass. Second, maybe an answer to the question of where the background notification API is — you know, the one we were told at WWDC to expect a few months ago, but which we haven’t heard a word about since. And maybe — pretty please, Mr. Forstall, with sugar on top — copy and paste.
Most of these features are what iPhone users have been swooning for over the last few years – especially Copy Paste. Apple promised Push Notifications back in September, which we will likely see in this new operating system. With a completely redesigned home screen, it may introduce new and innovative ways to manage the applications along with categories (perhaps something similar to the iTunes organization concept we posted a few weeks back?).
Additionally, there are reports that apple added support for magnetometers in in Snow Leopard’s CoreLocation framework. This poses the opportunity of a digital compass, similar to the G1 Android.
So we have copy & paste, MMS, tethering, push notifications, and hopefully a new way to manage applications. Took Apple long enough! Anything else you’d like to see come out of this event?
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