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Apple: Ready, set, iPhone OS 3.0

roundup The company isn't making as big a leap forward as it did last year with its iPhone 2.0 software, but neither will it lose any ground to increased competition.

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roundup The company isn't making as big a leap forward as it did last year with its iPhone 2.0 software, but neither will it lose any ground to increased competition.

What iPhone OS 3.0 promises users, developers

Apple's released its third-generation smartphone operating system with two constituencies in mind. Here's how it's likely to fare on both counts.
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(Posted in Apple by Tom Krazit)
March 17, 2009 3:09 PM PDT Poll

Hello, 3.0
What for you is the most notable change in iPhone OS 3.0?

Cut, copy, and paste
GPS/mapping tweaks
In-app purchases
Landscape mode tweaks
MMS send and receive
P2P networking
Push notifications
Systemwide search

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iPhone OS 3.0: What you need to know

The latest version of the iPhone's system software is coming soon to an Apple handset near you. Here's a breakdown of what's new.
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(Posted in Apple by Josh Lowensohn)
March 17, 2009 11:48 AM PDT

Live blog: iPhone OS 3.0 preview

The OS update will offer peer-to-peer networking, plus in-app purchases, access to the Maps API, push notification -- and yes, cut, copy, and paste.
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(Posted in Apple by Tom Krazit)
March 17, 2009 11:48 AM PDT

Video: iPhone OS 3.0: Copy and paste

At long last, iPhone users will soon be able to copy and paste text and images. Apple's senior vice president of iPhone software, Scott Forstall, demonstrates the new tap-and-drag feature. Other video demos:
• Video: Search on iPhone OS 3.0
• Video: Long-awaited MMS
• Video: In-app buying
• Video: Leaf Trombone World Stage
• Video: Peer-to-peer networking
• Video: Push notification
March 17, 2009

Is iPhone OS 3.0 a boon for the accessory market?

Donald Bell offers insight into the potential opened up by Apple's announcement of hardware-dependent applications in the third version of its mobile operating system.
(Posted in MP3 Insider by Donald Bell)
March 17, 2009 11:35 AM PDT

An iPhone 3.0 software wish list

CNET editors (and readers) have made no secret of their desire to see Apple deliver on features that the iPhone ought to have. Here's a full list, in no particular order.
(Posted in Crave by Kent German
March 13, 2009 1:56 PM PDT

Apple ready for third generation of iPhone

Company plans to give a preview of its iPhone 3.0 software next week. What might Apple have decided to include in the new release?
• Apple holding iPhone 3.0 special event next week
(Posted in Apple by Tom Krazit)
March 12, 2009 11:14 AM PDT

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Spinning out iPhoneapps at SXSWi

Despite Apple's reluctance to take part in developers' event-oriented launch deadlines, at least five companies got their apps out for the tech-centric confab.
(Posted in Apple by Daniel Terdiman)
March 16, 2009 1:14 PM PDT
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The iPhone: SXSWi's enfant terrible

Everybody both loves and hates their iPhones at the annual Austin geekfest, as new apps and rumors flood the scene but service takes a turn for the worse.
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March 16, 2009 8:41 AM PDT