iPhone OS 3.0 preview on March 17th

iPhone users need to set aside March 17th as that's the date Apple will take the cover off of iPhone OS 3. Not very much is known at this point as Apple has a good track record of keeping things under wraps until the last moment.

iPhone OS 3 will usher in another era for Apple and its phenomenal iPhone. Hopefully in this update we may see copy and paste, flash, and native video recording on the iPhone. Add in those new features and Apple may have the most robust phone on the market today.

x.0 releases of Apple's iPhone OS software have arrived alongside a new hardware version of the iPhone, with the iPhone 3G signalling the release of the iPhone OS 2.0, itself bringing Apps to all iPhone users. If previous rumours are to be believed, OS 3.0 may include quad-core processor support, but the more likely killer feature (which hasn't been seen since it missed its supposed September release) could be Push Notifications, enabling developers to send out alerts to users even if an app isn't running. The other question that remains to be answered is how long will Apple support its older iPhone models before saying "no more updates"?

Neowin staffer Michael Brown contributed to this report.

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Id like to see bluetooth and MMS support from Apple.
Even though I already have it, it will shut the Iphone haters up.

:)

We have Bluetooth already!

Hopefully we can get Push, MMS, Video Recording, Copy Paste & Background apps but i feel that 5 of my choices wont be included

The iPod Touch will get this too right? but what I'm more interested in, will there be a charge (like there was from v1 to v2) and/or will it require new hardware? (as I recall there is rumor a new iPhone coming, with new hardware, this software could be exclusive to that perhaps?) However, I'm only guessing , so gotta wait and see

I don't know about you guys.
I love my Iphone, But what new features can they give us? They can give us no new features.

Only bloody features we're going to get are features that should of been in the phone from the begining.
Still get excited about new updates thou haha. I like updates.

joemailey said,
I don't know about you guys.
I love my Iphone, But what new features can they give us?

I'd like better speed improvement when switching between programs, but perhaps Apple has pushed that as far as they can with the current CPU.

The other question that remains to be answered is how long will Apple support its older iPhone models before saying "no more updates"?

Why on God's Earth would it ever even say that?

As long as there are updates for the 3G model, there will always be the same major updates for the 2G model, I don't see any reason whatsoever why there wouldn't be. I mean, they're practically the exact same models bar the 2G and 3G...

I think people will get at least 3 years out of their first gen iPhones. That's the length of most North American iPhone contracts.

I just don't think Apple will drop the 2G's OS updates if they're still updating the current 3G's.

I mean, sure, if they released a new iPhone model, with a completely unique OS to that build of the phone, then yes, that will be the last update for the 2G, but also every model that shares the 2G's current build.

You get me?

From BGR:
"As far as what we've been told of iPhone 3.0, here's what we've got:
-MMS"

Wow, it took them until 3.0 to add MMS. After 3 versions before the iPhone will allow background apps I think.

I'm going to quote your comment so that if the moderators take it down, maybe the quote will still survive:

+zer0day said:
From BGR:
"As far as what we've been told of iPhone 3.0, here's what we've got:
-MMS"

Wow, it took them until 3.0 to add MMS. After 3 versions before the iPhone will allow background apps I think.


+1 on that.

Stanclift said,
Why not?

Implementing those fetures would require resources and money. Why should they they do that for free when they can put it in the next revision of the iPhone and call it a new feature.

Apple really has no reason to put in those features. They were sucessful without them, so they need no reason to include them now.

Oh and the iPhone should get picture messaging too, they forgot that on the list. And when you can actually record videos, you also need video messaging. You'd think those would be included in a $200 phone, but apparently not.

CentralDogma said,
Implementing those fetures would require resources and money. Why should they they do that for free when they can put it in the next revision of the iPhone and call it a new feature.

And if they don't they've lost a customer.

I accepted it it with the first gen iPhone, figured it'd be added in later with the 3G phone. If they try to **** me again with the iPhone 3.0 with a lack of MMS/Copy*Paste/Forwading/All the other **** then I'm done with Apple, they can go **** themselves. I was told things like that were forthcoming with iPhone 1G, I refuse to buy into it as iPhone 3G (and real third gen, not it has 3G in it.)

chorpeac said,
I wonder the same thing

It should be. iPhone OS 2.0 was free to iPhone 2G users. It's only iPod touch users that pay for the priviledge.

Yeah, it would be about time I guess. They were supposed to include it like in September :S
It's not funny anymore... but I seriously think this is in 3.0 for sure.

Hah. That's just sad, no multitasking.

I enjoy writing a Word document while copying in some quotes from my web browser all on my Windows Mobile phone.

But maybe in the iPhone 4.0 or 5.0 updates.

(Some of those comments I just wrote were sarcasm, some were trying to show people how WinMo is more productive than the iPhone, just don't consider this trolling or whatever you call it, and I don't want the moderators taking this down either, it's my opinions, I'm just stating them, I'm not trying to hurt anyone by them, just joining in the debate)

they did the exact same thing last year, unvield 2.0 on march 16th and launched it late june....failure, hardly...keeping in line with their business model...exactly

I... uh... wow... do we seriously need to include /sarc at the end of every joke post?

I was mocking people for calling Vista a failure because...Microsoft released a new OS...almost exactly in-line with their normal release schedule...

@Rolith, unless you are a good writer (especially of humor), assume that some of what you intended will be lost in the cold, bare medium of a forum post. So yeah, I recommend you include a or /sarcasm or /s tag just to be sure.