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Apple to preview iPhone 3.0 at special event

updated 12:45 pm EDT, Thu March 12, 2009

Apple iPhone 3 0 Event

Apple today invited the press to a special event where it will provide an early look at the iPhone 3.0 firmware. To be held March 17th at the Town Hall theater on the company's campus, the event will focus primarily on the iPhone SDK but will also give the public a look at some features of what end users will experience. No clues are given as to what the software will contain beyond a major revision.

Few rumors have surfaced about what the software would contain. However, one such report has alluded to possible true background processes rather than simple push notification; the latter was promised for iPhone 2.1 but has never appeared in a public iPhone firmware release. Early betas of iPhone 2.1 also once incorporated vector-based GPS positioning that would bring the Apple handset closer to true turn-by-turn navigation.

Apple is also widely believed to be launching its third-generation iPhone in or near June and may have a noticeable redesign of the handset to accompany the 3.0 firmware.

(image via Ars Technica)

by MacNN Staff



  1. greenG4

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...let there be customizable folders on the home screens to organize my applications!

  1. Jittery Jimmy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    All about the OS.

    I expect numerous incremental enhancements and updates. Hopefully, most of these will be available on existing 1st and 2nd generation models.

    Perhaps more bluetooth capabilities. Performance and reliability improvements. Improved "Enterprise Management" features. Optimization in terms of resource utilization (battery, memory, cpu). New API exposure for developers. And major usability improvements.

    I suspect that new handset hardware may still be a year off, as the current hardware is quite capable compared to the competition... Apple is the expert at making experience all about the software. Maybe there will be a 32GB iPhone soon, but I don't expect anything more in terms of new hardware features.

  1. ASIMO

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Am I missing something?

    How does one reject a call to send directly to voicemail on this not-so-jesus iphone?

    And damnit, let's get on the ball with copy-paste, unified mailbox, and MMS already! Copy-paste, how much more fundamental can we get?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Maybe it will be version 3.0 that the promised 2.0 push technology will finally come.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    On the issue of new

    Please let them be building a new contract with AT&T or looking into new partners.

    There are legions of people, myself included, waiting for a price drop in data rates and plans before wanting to sign on to the iPhone.

    Which makes me wonder: How many people have ditched their iPhone plans to save money after paycuts or job loss? Wait, I guess monthly unemployment would easily cover iPhone plans. That is, until enough people continue to move out of places like New York and the state runs out of money.

    Although, people like dilbert would definitely sacrifice food to keep that plan, I'm sure.

  1. EternalGuest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    please continue to push the cloud. 32gb is less important when you make your entire library at home easily and quickly accessible from anywhere.

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  1. ff11

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Am I missing

    Copy-paste is available by 3rd party apps through the App store.

  1. ff11

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Am I missing

    Why all the thumbs down?

  1. gor3don

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Copy and paste are only available within the 3rd party app

  1. ff11

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: missing

    My mistake, I was thinking of Clippy, but that requires jailbreaking the iPhone.

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