Cut, copy, and paste
The cut, copy, and paste feature is long overdue. The interface is simple and easy to use and it works across all applications, including notes, e-mails, messages, and text on Web pages. To access the feature, just double-tap on the desired text. You then can move the grab points to select as much or as little text as you'd like. Choose the "cut" or "copy" option, open a new document and tap the "paste" button.
Shake to undo
If you make a mistake, or you just change your mind, you can shake the phone for the option to undo.
Three cheers for MMS
When using the text messaging application, a small camera icon now appears next to your writing area. After tapping it, you have the choice to take a new photo or send an existing shot.
Add the photo
After selecting the photo, your image appears in the writing area. Click the send button to send it on its way.
MMS from the photo gallery
You also can choose to send a photo directly from the photo gallery.
In the messaging-settings menu, you can choose to turn off multimedia messaging.
To access the new search function, swipe your finger to the right from the home screen. After inputting a search term with the onscreen keyboard, you'll get results from your contacts list, messaging and e-mail folders, iTunes library, and calendar.
The landscape keyboard is particularly welcome. It works across all applications, including e-mail and notes.
A new e-mail view
And in another first, you can view your messaging in-box in landscape mode. That's very welcome, indeed.
A few CNET readers have asked if the landscape keyboard works in the messaging app as well. And the answer is yes.
More messaging options
iPhone 3.0 added functionality to forward text messages and delete single messages in a thread. It works very similar to the what we have now in the e-mail folder.
Even more landscape
You'll be able to view your contacts in landscape mode.
When selecting an individual contact, you now can forward the information to a friend or colleague. The update also will add the forwarding of calendar appointments.
The iPhone finally gets the option of inviting contacts to meetings. This is a feature other smartphones have had for a long time.
If you tap and hold on a Web link in the Safari browser, a new menu will appear with choices to open the link, open it in another page, save an image, or copy the link.
Use or retake
When taking photos for multimedia messages, you have the option to use the image or retake it.
Picture in picture
We noticed a couple of new features that weren't mentioned during Apple's presentation. For example, after snapping a photo with the camera, that picture appeared in the lower left corner of the viewfinder when snapping our next picture.
Shake to shuffle
Apple added a "shake to shuffle" feature with the update. You can find it under the iPod settings menu and turn it off if you wish.
The iPhone gets a native application for voice memos. Relying on paid third-party applications is no longer necessary. It's easy to use and accessible directly from the home screen.
Stocks in landscape
You now can view stock charts in a landscape orientation. What's more, you can click on the chart to see prices at a given time.
Stocks and news
The Stocks app adds news headlines for each ticker symbol. You also can get information such as the market capitalization, the 52-week low and the 52-week high.
Double-tapping the Home button can now take you to the camera and the search function.
The new upgrade adds support for several more languages.
And lastly, you get a few additional wallpapers.