iPhone copy and paste nearing reality

Something all iPhone users desperately want is copy and paste, nothing is more annoying when someone sends you a link to a site in your text message and you have to write it down so you can input it in Safari.

It seems someone has at least tried to put this right by creating a service not an app that allows you to paste between Mail and Safari. As you can see from this video the user doesn't have to install anything all they have to do is get the bookmarks from Pastebud and select the copy one and from there it will load a page that allows you to copy the text into a mail message or another web page.

Jed Schmidt who has created this system has said although its not released yet, he fully expects it to be ready very soon for everyone to try. It's not just Pastebud who has tried to add this function to the iPhone, Openclip an open source program allowed you to copy text between applications for example HTML to a Wordpress application without all the formatting coming with it.

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Copy/Paste isn't much of an issue for me. My main gripes with what would otherwise be a fantastic little device are: no horizontal reorientation of the keyboard when typing, and no multitasking with third-party apps.

Don't get me wrong, I love mine. It harbors, bar none, the most intuitive interface out of any phone in the market. Besides, there's no reason why the functionality I've outlined couldn't be added through future firmware updates.

"Introducing the new version of Apple iPhone, which now includes an innovative new feature, for the first time you can Copy text from one location and paste it into another. We call it iMove."

Wow!!! Functionality given to an overpriced, overhyped, over-marketed piece of crap that snags the "stupid-simple" masses. What's next for the iPhone, oh... I know... how about a middle finger gesture! Interpret that Steve Jobs!

LOL iPhones fail so hard. Seriously, why does Apple like to control THE WORLD? They think they are so cool and powerful they control everything. But they seriously just fail...all the restrictions are ridiculous.
WM ftw!

funny how apple fans and especially fanboys always defend apple, where they'd critisize MS(or whoever competes with apple), copy & paste ? who needs this stuff anyway, LOL.

I don't understand the big deal with C&P with iPhone. I've had an iPhone since launch and use it extensively, I can't recall a single time I've needed C&P.

Everlong241 said,
I don't understand the big deal with C&P with iPhone. I've had an iPhone since launch and use it extensively, I can't recall a single time I've needed C&P.

same here. Although it would be a nice feature to have, it wouldn't bother me if it never made it to the iphone.

Because it's useful, especially people who get emails with links in them, or when they want to copy something they typed into a blog post or IM.

It's a logical feature, and Apple not including it, when it's in OS X is just plain retarded on their part.

Sevan said,
Because it's useful, especially people who get emails with links in them, or when they want to copy something they typed into a blog post or IM.

It's a logical feature, and Apple not including it, when it's in OS X is just plain retarded on their part.


my email links always get opened with safari

So? You can't keep reading your email because the iPhone only lets you open one application at a time.
You can't copy the name of a product.
You can't copy a foreign word to translate it.
You can't copy someone's name.

There are hundreds of reasons I use copy and paste on my phone.

Sacha said,
So? You can't keep reading your email because the iPhone only lets you open one application at a time.
You can't copy the name of a product.
You can't copy a foreign word to translate it.
You can't copy someone's name.

There are hundreds of reasons I use copy and paste on my phone.


I agree. It would've been useful in the past for me.

Sacha said,
So? You can't keep reading your email because the iPhone only lets you open one application at a time.

That's only for third party apps, which are sandboxed.

Apple's own apps can run at the same time--that's how you have music playing, while getting Mail/App Store notifications, while browsing Safari.

There are much more innovative devices turning up out there, yet the iPhone manages to hog the spot light constantly because of its fruit logo. If Apple stuck their logo on a Skoda people would be paying over the odds for it and calling it an innovation.

Btw i dont *hate* the iPhone, i just hate how its automatically put on a pedistal because of its apple logo.

RobertH said,
There are much more innovative devices turning up out there, yet the iPhone manages to hog the spot light constantly because of its fruit logo. If Apple stuck their logo on a Skoda people would be paying over the odds for it and calling it an innovation.

Btw i dont *hate* the iPhone, i just hate how its automatically put on a pedistal because of its apple logo.


It's not because of the Apple logo. It's because it's UI was industry changing (thankfully). They pretty much nailed multi-touch and this is why everyone (Nikon included) is copying the gestures.

Wow. Is there always this much trolling in the news comments?

Come on people. This is ridiculous. The iPhone is not some godlike device. It has flaws, just as much as your Nokia's and Ericssons. You don't have to be so childish about it. Apple is on top of things, so I'm sure they'll make things right sometime soon.

Pajter said,
Wow. Is there always this much trolling in the news comments?

Come on people. This is ridiculous. The iPhone is not some godlike device. It has flaws, just as much as your Nokia's and Ericssons. You don't have to be so childish about it. Apple is on top of things, so I'm sure they'll make things right sometime soon.

The issue is the iPhone has been out for how long? And one of the most basic features of computing will be implemented "RSN." (And not even by Apple!) Even my Wii can copy and paste...

Besides C&P and MMS, the iPhone isn't missing anything (unless you're one of the people who wants a real keyboard). I could list loads of things missing on other phones.

The iPhone is a mature device. The firmware gets updated because it's Apple's only phone. The lack of C&P and MMS doesn't change that. Everything else works just fine.

simon360 said,
Besides C&P and MMS, the iPhone isn't missing anything (unless you're one of the people who wants a real keyboard). I could list loads of things missing on other phones.

The iPhone is a mature device. The firmware gets updated because it's Apple's only phone. The lack of C&P and MMS doesn't change that. Everything else works just fine.


Does the iPhone record video?

LTD said,
Not at this time.

But why would that be important?


I like to record video using my phone (Samsung T629), so I don't have to carry around a video camera or my digital camera all the time. It seems Apple covered a lot of bases with the iPhone, but they left out one that's important to me.

RAID 0 said,
Does the iPhone record video?

Am I the only one that hates ****ty quality video clips that were recorded on a cell phone? Personally, I couldn't care less if it could

If you jailbreak it you still can't really record a nice video. Atleast I've heard the record quality is really bad in that program.

"advancedboy"
Am I the only one that hates ****ty quality video clips that were recorded on a cell phone? Personally, I couldn't care less if it could

My phone records video at VGA resolution at 30 frames per second and looks good at the same time.

Recon415 said,
Apple didn't create this :P

Actually, Apple made cut, copy and paste what it is today.

Lawrence G. Tesler (Larry Tesler) first transferred "cut and paste" into the context of computer-based text-editing while working at Xerox Corporation Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1974-1975.[1]
Apple Computer widely popularized the computer-based cut-and-paste paradigm through the Lisa (1981) and Macintosh (1984) operating systems and applications. Apple mapped the functionalities to key-combinations consisting of a special modifier key held down while typing the letters X (for cut), C (for copy), and V (for paste), choosing a handful of keyboard sequences to control basic editing operations. The keys involved all cluster together at the left end of the bottom row of the standard QWERTY keyboard, and each key is combined with a control or special modifier key to perform the desired operation:
Z to undo
X to cut
C to copy
V to paste

I still can't believe that the iPhone, as revolutionary as it claims to be, doesn't have the basics that are included with everything these days.

Chrono951 said,
I still can't believe that the iPhone, as revolutionary as it claims to be, doesn't have the basics that are included with everything these days.

I agree, and SJ will call it a feature later, which I really hate that kind of "marketing".

Chrono951 said,
I still can't believe that the iPhone, as revolutionary as it claims to be, doesn't have the basics that are included with everything these days.

I remember the first pocket pcs having copy&paste. What is so ironic about this limitation is that Apple (IIRC) was first to popularize the copy & paste feature through-out an OS which really propelled them into the spotlight for desktop publishing and graphic design (which still follows them today with the misconception that Mac OS is still somehow "better" than Windows at those two applications, but n00bs will be n00bs).

To me efforts like this are only going to appeal to a very limited audience. Perhaps their most important contribution is making the need visible to Apple so it will hopefully be added to the next software version.

Something all iPhone users desperately want is copy and paste, nothing is more annoying when someone sends you a link to a site in your text message and you have to write it down so you can input it in Safari.

Hmm, links in the SMS app are formatted as clickable links. You don't have to write it down.

If it's a MMS message, you have to write down the id and password before you click the link. The missing MMS support is the only thing I don't like about the iPhone. I couldn't care less about copy and paste.

I was wondering about that. I am a Blackberry user so I wasn't sure but I couldn̢۪t imagine Apple not making links and phone numbers universally clickable like they are on the Blackberry. Then again when I first found out copy/paste was not supported on the iPhone I was equally shocked.

Having said that, copy/paste is something Apple should add to the OS. There are all kind of uses for it. Someone texts you a product name and you want to copy/paste it into an Amazon search. You are talking to two different people at the same time and want to quote something the other says....

The most annoying thing to me is the pictures all showing blurry and unsharp, as soon as they are downloaded via the device. The only way the look perfect are if they are uploaded via iTunes. Fix THAT first!!

Odom said,
The most annoying thing to me is the pictures all showing blurry and unsharp, as soon as they are downloaded via the device. The only way the look perfect are if they are uploaded via iTunes. Fix THAT first!!

That's a recent bug (not sure how it crept in) and Apple is aware that users want copy and paste. They've said it's not high on the priority list.