What Is New With Apple iPhone OS 3.0?

Posted Mar 18, 2009

Yesterday Apple announced the availability of the iPhone OS 3.0.  Rather than jumping on the news in real-time, I decided to wait until it fully develops and then consolidate all of the news in one blog post.  Here is what the iPhone 3.0 operating system includes:

– An updated Software Development Kit (SDK) with over 1,000 new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).  The new APIs include In-App Purchases, P2P connections, access to the iPod music library, and a new Maps API and Push Notifications.
– Cut, copy, and paste
– Landscape view for Mail, text, notes, Bluetooth, and syncing Notes to the Mac
– Shake to shuffle music
– Advanced parental controls for TV shows, movies, and App Store applications

?The new iPhone OS 3.0 is a major software release packed with incredible new features and innovations for iPhone customers and developers alike. It will keep us years ahead of the competition,? stated Philip Schiller, Apple SVP of of Worldwide Product Marketing.

The iPhone 3.0 beta software also gives apps the ability to interact with hardware accessories.  Developers will be able to use the Google Maps API to integrate it within their own application.

The iTunes App Store currently has 25,000 applications across 15 countries.  About 800 million applications have been downloaded thus far.  About 30 million people own iPhone and iPod Touch devices around the world.

Developers will be able to download the new SDK from http://developer.apple.com, but other customers will only be able to download the 3.0 operating system later this summer.  For the iPhone, the upgrade is free but for iPod Touch customers, they have to pay $9.95 for the new OS.

[via Apple PR]