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Digg founder 'confirms' copy/paste in iPhone 3.0

updated 07:45 pm EDT, Sun March 15, 2009

Copy/paste in iPhone 3.0

Digg founder Kevin Rose today "confirmed" that a Apple will implement a version of the much-anticipated "copy & paste" function in iPhone v3.0 (expected to debut next week at Apple's Townhall Event), but said that Apple was not expected to support background apps or processes. The "confirmation", which came in a Diggnation podcast recorded at SxSW in Austin, said that users will be able to "double click" a word to bring up a magnifying glass with two sets of quotes that users can drag forward or background and then click on copy or cut. Rose also claims that it brings a number of other features to bring the iPhone up to par with the Palm Pre, but did not include application multitasking or video (claiming the latter was due to a technical problem with writing to NAND memory too many times/too fast, but that it would come in future releases).

Last year Rose confirmed leaks of the fourth-generation iPod nano and also revealed early info on the iPhone 3G.

Previous rumors indicated that the iPhone 3.0 could also bring features such as MMS (multimedia messaging) and laptop tethering. According to the report, the tethering function allegedly will work via Bluetooth, pairing the phone with a USB device attached to a computer and would allow the iPhone to serve as the primary Internet device for a notebook or even desktop system. Other rumors suggested AT&T will offer a new contract for the function, potentially charging subscribers for tethered data usage despite the unlimited on-device browsing.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -9

    well

    If he says it, it must be true. He's right some of the time, right?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    of course

    Leave it to ATT for charging MORE just so you can tether your iPhone (gee, and my co-worker could do that for no extra charge on his smartphone).

  1. Marook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Gee...

    What a pair of TEENS! They are totally guessing, just to try to get some fame out of it.. Makes me SICK!

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    why...

    Why is this tool (Kevin Rose) getting any airtime and presstime at all, considering he has been proven, time and time again, to be making stuff up.

    He's the kind of neurotic, attention hungry kindergarten kid that was annoying back when he was 4 years old, and who should best be ignored.

    While not surprising for MacNN, it does tell you a lot about the state of media and tech journalism, doesn't it?


  1. dimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    and...

    "users will be able to "double click" a word to bring up a magnifying glass with two sets of quotes that users can drag forward or background and then click on copy or cut. "

    So you can copy or cut on a one word per time basis? Useless (note also: what about paste?) -- the iPhone has no copy/paste as it would be a huge step backwards to make copy/paste a text only ruminant. The concept of "If you can't do it right, don't do it at all" applies very well here.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Re: and

    The concept of "If you can't do it right, don't do it at all" applies very well here.

    Right. Even better, however, is the "Better to offer a limited version of a feature and build upon it, rather than wait until it is finished and 100% the way you want it".

    Otherwise, the iPhone still wouldn't be out, as they'd still be trying to perfect copy and paste under all circumstances...

    How about "Start with text, build up from there later..."?

    But I guess you'd rather have no copy/paste, and have to rip out a piece of paper, write down data from an email (like a confirmation number or phone number), go to another app, and re-type it in, because, damn it, "copying graphics doesn't work!"

  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    What else?

    There has to be more coming than just cut and paste for a whole new version release.

  1. ludachrs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Palm pre

    I love the quote catch up to the pre, a vaper ware product. Good thing apple is on it's 3rd version of the software and finally catching up to a product that hasn't shipped yet!

  1. ludachrs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    Palm pre

    I love the quote catch up to the pre, a vaper ware product. Good thing apple is on it's 3rd version of the software and finally catching up to a product that hasn't shipped yet!

  1. ludachrs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    Palm pre

    I love the quote catch up to the pre, a vaper ware product. Good thing apple is on it's 3rd version of the software and finally catching up to a product that hasn't shipped yet!

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