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iPhone 3.0 OS Press Conference Semi-Live Blog!!

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After Apple's constant bragging about selling 13.7 million iPhone's last year, 17 million iPhone's to-date, and 30 million iPhones and iPod Touch's altogether, they mentioned that Gameloft loves their App Store. They also mentioned that 96% of apps submitted for submission get accepted and that 62% of the developers are new. This may or may not be a good thing, since only 16% of said developers have 5 or more years of experience. There have been 800 million apps downloaded off of the App Store, which is a whole lot. That's an average of 27 downloads for each user of either the iPod Touch or the iPhone (according to my calculations), Wow! They chose using "Push" notifications over running background apps because it saves battery life. You don't want the iPhone's battery life to get worse now do you? I wonder what problems the Palm Pre's battery will have running background apps. Apple mentioned that Meebo is going "native" on the iPhone. They demonstrated Meebo on the iPhone and had a couple of typing errors (Sire instead of Sure). See Apple, that's what happens when you don't have a physical QWERTY keyboard!

EA began to show off a game, The Sims, and as of right now there has still been no mention of the rumoured cut and paste. They show the ability to stream ESPN. Anyways, after a bunch of uninteresting information they continued it by announcing a new game called "Touch Pets." I LOL'd. They also mentioned a new FPS game for the iPhone called LiveFire. Apparently, Touch Pets looks like Nintendogs with the addition of multiplayer and "content expandibility." Afterwards, they show a live demo of LiveFire and the person showcasing the game actually got owned. It just looks, to me, like a bunch of apps meaning to suck all of the money out of your wallet. Thankfully, the demonstrator got a kill right before they ended the demo. They show a hilarious app called Leaf Trombone: World Stage, talk about an attractive name. If you couldn't guess what it is, it's a music app and they went right on ahead and played "Phantom of the Opera." So far this press conference has been pretty uninteresting, but I'm sure the intensity will pick up sooner or later.

I was right! They've finally mentioned the use of Cut, Copy and Paste, and after a big applause they demonstrated it. It works across all apps!

Keep your heads high iPhone users, with the new iPhone 3.0 OS you also get MMS support. The iPhone Calendar is getting CalDAV which is the "sharing protocol used by Google Calendar and a number of other online calendar services." The iPhone is also getting a Homepage facelift, called "Spotlight" which is a place to search anything you want on your iPhone.

Apple recaps the new iPhone 3.0 OS mentioning: Cut, Copy and Paste, MMS support, stereo Bluetooth, Calendars getting CalDAV, Voice Memos, and Spotlight. The new 3.0 OS will be available starting today as a developer beta. The iPhone is available in 80 countries, but only 62 of those countries are App Store compatible. Starting today they have added 15 countries to that list, so make it 77 countries that are App Store compatible. I feel sorry for those 3 left out countries. The new iPhone 3.0 OS will be shipping as a free update to all iPhone owners and will be available for $9.95 for iPod Touch users this Summer (June). All features will work on the original iPhone except for MMS and stereo Bluetooth, sucks for those users. After the actual press conference there is a Question & Answer slot. They confirm that there is still no Flash support! Too bad iPhone users. Last, but not least, they also mentioned that they are still working on tethering for the iPhone.

[Engadget, TechCrunch]

Anonymous said...
March 17, 2009 at 6:49 PM  

You have to fucking pay for features that should've been included originally. Only apple and porn can do this. For this, fucking Steve Jobs should die. This shit is just unethical. It's like Windows 7 charging you per click. Every click is 1 cent, every key stroke is 2 cent. If you click and press at the same time, you get a discount of 1 cent. FUCKING BS.

Unknown said...
March 17, 2009 at 7:41 PM  

Technically, it is free for iPhone users, it's only iPod Touch users that have to pay, so it's not too bad. iPhone 3.0 will even unlock Bluetooth in iPod Touches, which still should've been implemented since day 1.

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