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iPhone OS 3.0 Event Highlights

Live coverage of Apple's iPhone OS 3.0 event is available from the from the following sites:
Electronista/MacNN
Engadget
Macworld
Gizmodo

Here are some of the highlights:

  • End User: Free update for iPhone coming this summer, 1st gen will have some limitations due to hardware (no MMS, A2DP). iPod touch upgrade $9.95
  • Developers: iPhone OS 3.0 beta available to all today (???)
  • Stereo audio over BlueTooth (A2DP)
  • Spotlight system wide search
  • Voice Memos.app, enhanced Calendar.app, Stocks.app
  • New built-in apps and upgrades
  • MMS
  • Forward, delete SMS
  • Multiple photo selection (you know, for the email...)
  • Landscape mode support for key apps: Mail, SMS, etc...
  • Cut/Copy/Paste within and across apps
  • 100 new features for end user...
  • Demos from Oracle, ESPN, Smule, ngmoco
  • Streaming media support over HTTP, bandwidth optimized
  • Access media library from apps
  • Email directly from app, access to Proximity sensor (not just for Google anymore),
  • Still NO to background apps
  • Push notification finally ready
  • Turn-by-turn GPS navigation now possible but developers must supply own maps, can't use Google maps
  • Maps API allows devs easy access to Google maps
  • Hardware interface, developers can make apps that talk to hardware over dock connector, BlueTooth
  • Peer-to-peer APIs make it easier for developers to build multi-user apps, Bonjour based
  • In-app sales - buy more levels, upgrades from inside an application (paid apps only)
  • iPhone OS 3.0 to include 1000 new APIs