iPhone, Version 3.0, Revealed
Apple showed off everything from a blood pressure monitor to the latest version of The Sims at an event today where the company revealed new features and software for the iPhone.
The latest version of the iPhone's software, version 3.0, launches this summer. And yes, at least one rumor was correct: The smartphone's new software will indeed finally allow users to cut, copy and paste text from one place to another.
Apple's "App Store" has seen over 800 million downloads, the company said, and there are 25,000 applications available on iTunes for use on the iPhone or iPod Touch.
Look for new types of pricing on software bought from the company's iTunes store. Under the latest software tools, developers will be able to sell their products through the store on a subscription basis, for example. Or, game designers will be able to sell new levels of their videogames, one or two levels at a time, if they choose.
And with new developer tools, software designers will be able to pull more information from other parts of your iPhone. In that upcoming handheld version of The Sims, for example, your virtual people will be able to listen to music from your iTunes collection.
The biggest share of the applications available at iTunes have been games or entertainment-related widgets, but it looks like Apple is also encouraging the development of more serious-minded products. Scott Forstall, senior vice president of iPhone software, showed off an iPhone-compatible blood pressure monitor and an iPhone-compatible device that diabetic users can use to monitor their glucose level. Database company Oracle doesn't often join Apple on the stage, but an executive from the business software company gave a short demonstration of some iPhone-compatible Oracle tools.
I'm looking forward to getting the latest iPhone OS on my own iPhone tonight. Anybody out there have early thoughts about 3.0 yet? (As of this writing, Apple executives are still talking up the latest features.)
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