updated 05:15 pm EDT, Mon July 14, 2008
Apple defends iPhone 2.0
Apple has explanations for the lack of certain features on the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 2.0 firmware, says Apple product head Greg Joswiak. Cited in a new report, Joswiak says that the absence of cut and paste functions, for instance, was omitted only because it was considered a low priority in Apple's ongoing feature wishlist. Other features were simply judged more important for the 3G launch.
On the absence of real-time driving navigation, Joswiak denies accounts by David Pogue that the 3G's GPS antenna is too small. Instead, says Joswiak, there are some "complicated issues" preventing the software, though these may be overcome. "It will evolve. I think our developers will amaze us," he adds.
The iPhone 2.0 software is also currently missing an office suite, unlike Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform, which has a condensed and altered version of the desktop Office suite. On this Joswiak says he is unaware of rumored technical problems, though he admits there could be trouble with each app having its own file space. "There's no cross-application file structure," Joswiak acknowledges.