App store enhancements
Apple on Tuesday unveiled the next version of its iPhone operating system, dubbed version 3.0, at an invite-only event at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.
With CEO Steve Jobs on temporary medical leave, Apple's Scott Forstall, the head of iPhone software development, took the lead. In addition to the much-awaited copy-and-paste functionality, other key new features include system-wide search, MMS, push notifications, and P2P.
iPhone 3.0 will be available for developers beginning today, and to everyone else "this summer." It's a free upgrade for iPhone users; those who own the iPod Touch will again have to pay for the upgrade.
Here, Forstall announces App Store enhancements, such as Apple's new "In-App Purchase" system, which lets developers create an application where extra content can be purchased from within it to expand what it can do. All the billing is handled by Apple, and goes through the user's iTunes Store account.
"Completely seamless," he promises. Bonjour is the back-end technology behind this, and it's not just for games.
The new system works just like the old one, but has been optimized for over-the-air data transfer. It still relies on Apple's servers as a go-between to send audio alerts, text messages, and badge notifications. Users still have to fire up the application to get at the data, though.
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The data is sent from the blood sugar reader to the iPhone over Bluetooth. Within the app itself, patients can track blood sugar levels over the course of the day, allowing them to plan future meals by checking sugar levels in certain foods. The patient can also e-mail or text that blood sugar information to others, such as parents, helping them monitor their kids' health. Here, Mathew demonstrates how the iPhone communicate directly with a glucose monitor.