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iPhone 3.0 firmware intros push notification [u]

updated 01:45 pm EDT, Tue March 17, 2009

iPhone 3.0 revealed

(Update with release info) Apple on Tuesday unveiled iPhone 3.0, described as a "major update" to the iPhone operating system. Prominent among the new features is the overdue addition of push notification, which Apple says required a rearchitecting of its servers to accommodate. Companies can use the technology to deliver signals such as sounds and text alerts, which are pushed from third-party sources to Apple, and then to iPhones.

Apple has additionally expanded the business models available at the App Store, by allowing users to buy content from within an app, so long as users have signed in within their iTunes account; material can include items like books, regional content or extra game levels. The inclusion of some 1,000 new APIs will meanwhile give developers access to features such as iPod libraries, embedded e-mail, audio/video streaming and Google Maps integration. Core Location should enable turn-by-turn navigation, allowing practical driving applications.

The firmware is also said to support all standard Bluetooth protocols, including Bonjour, which iPhones will be able to use for automatic device detection and peer-to-peer gaming sessions. Accessory makers have been given direct hardware control, permitting functions such as tuning an FM transmitter from the iPhone interface.

Update: The beta version of the code is now available to all participants in the iPhone Developer Program.






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  1. mheathershaw

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    Uhm...

    Hardly seems like the update anyone was expecting... I think we'd all like to see copy/paste at the very least!

  1. maxk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    it's there

    finally "cut, copy and paste"!

  1. BDLatimer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    You're kidding, right?

    @mheathershaw: Yeah, who cares about all the advanced features which continue to set the iPhone light years beyond other devices? Who cares about the network APIs, and great integration between apps? Who cares about more flexibility for developers in how they release and update their apps? Simply: "If it doesn't offer copy-and-paste, it's c***."

    Riiiiiiight…

    (Besides, Copy-and-Paste HAS been announced; read an updated live posting site)

  1. IxOsX

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    But it can...

    Copy/Paste is reported as one of the new features of this new firmware. Check for update info.

  1. nhmlco

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Development

    This article is mostly about core developer changes to the APIs. Copy/Paste, MMS, A2DP, and other "user" features were also announced.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Re: You're kidding

    and great integration between apps? Who cares about more flexibility for developers in how they release and update their apps?

    Wow. Apple adds features that people would expect and have been waiting for (and exist on other platforms) and it's all "OMG, what a great update!".

    Oh, and a big "yawn" for the added 'flexibility' to releasing and updating apps. What flexibility? It still goes through the app store. It still requires Apple to rake in 30% profits.

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  1. LLIB SETAG I AM

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -10

    REARCHITECTING?

    REARCHITECTING? Really? Really now!

    Absolutely not a word.

    Architects are Professionals Licensed by States to provide Architectural Design Services & to follow all the Codes, Safety Laws, etc.... ( i.e. Architect or Landscape Architect ) Period, by Law.

    There is NO SUCH Profession as IT Architecture, just a bogus title of IT Architect.

    REARCHITECTING???

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    funny

    re: testudo:
    "Oh, and a big "yawn" for the added 'flexibility' to releasing and updating apps. What flexibility? It still goes through the app store. It still requires Apple to rake in 30% profits."

    The developers can always switch to developing for Android, where Google takes in, uh, 30%.

    Or they can go the new Windows Mobile store (if it ever starts up), where Microsoft will only be taking in, uh, 30%.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Re: funny

    Except Android doesn't require you to use Google's store to sell and install your apps. You also don't have to get your apps approved by the great company on high, wait for the approval, then be turned down with no explanation. Or saying something stupid like "We feel it doesn't add anything over what's already available". Like there's no reason anyone would want to have choice.

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