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Published at 07:04 PM on June 18, 2009
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iPhone 3.0

iPhone OS 3.0 has been released and I’ve had the opportunity to play with it. All in all, it is a very welcome improvement, with numerous enhancements and improvements. Quite a few guides have been published enumerating these additions, so I’ll keep this brief. Among the many new features, I found the following seven to be particularly helpful.

  • Spotlight. While being able to access everything in a couple of keystrokes is extremely useful, the real benefit is in the iPod app. I often have a particular song on my mind, and I can now call it up within seconds. For apps, it’s still easier to swish between screens: typing on the iPhone still isn’t efficient.
  • Notes Syncing. The previous lack of Notes syncing forced me towards Evernote. With syncing now supported, it’s more of a toss-up: Notes is easier and more efficient, but Evernote is more powerful.
  • Widescreen Keyboard. The widescreen keyboard which previously was only available in Safari has been extended to Mail and Notes, making typing a quick email a breeze.
  • Undo. Shake to undo. Simple and intuitive.
  • Stocks. There is now a landscape view featuring a large graph, which can be clicked to view historical prices. Stocks also have more information available, including market statistics and news. It’s still far too cumbersome to quickly look up a stock.
  • AutoFill. Safari now automatically saves form and login information, nullifying the need to mess around with 1Password.
  • Google Calendar. Though iPhone OS 3.0 includes support for CalDAV, it unfortunately doesn’t support delegated calendars, making it relatively useless for my dozen calendars. Thankfully, Google has updated their Exchange-based sync tool to support up to 25 calendars.

For the low price of free, it’s a no-brainer for existing iPhone owners to upgrade. For iPod Touch users, the added features merit the $9.95 upgrade price.

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Will Richardson
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Thanks for the overview. Still deciding if I should unbreak my iPhone now and then rebreak it down the road or just wait. Not enough of a geek to know. ;0) What do you think of the copy and paste function???
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Your welcome. I tend to avoid breaking my iPhone, just because the benefit seems marginal to the cost of stability. I’m quite liking the copy and paste: it includes support for tables and web graphics as well.

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