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.