Apple WWDC Keynote!

June 8th, 2009 at 2:28 pm by under Technology

The keynote address is going on right now. I thought I would give you all a look at some of the more notable parts of the speach having to do with iPhone. These notes are provided by ilounge.com.

***As I type this, the new iPhones have not been announced yet. I will post a new article tomorrow detailing whatever comes out of the speach. Rumors are the new phones will be faster, with twice the RAM, and twice the storage. Oh…and a video camera, 3 mp lens…

iPhone OS 3.0: ¬†Over 100 new features, including Cut Copy Paste. Works across all apps. Undo support to let you undo your last action. Landscape mode, letting people use keyboard on widescreen into multiple apps – all key apps. Mail, Notes, Messages (SMS). MMS added this time to Messages, letting people send audio files, locations, text. Requires carrier support. 29 of carriers in 76 countries will support MMS at launch. AT&T will support it “later this summer.” Audience groans. He continues on: Search. You can search calendars, notes, emails, etc, including old messages on mail server. Spotlight is the single location on the home screen to search across the phone, including applications. iTunes – rent and purchase movies and audiobooks and TV shows from phone.

Parental controls, including age-appropriate apps. Tethering to give iPhone Internet connection to your computer – so you can access Internet by connecting iPhone to computer. Works with Macs and PCs. Works wired over USB or wireless via Bluetooth. No need for special software. Requires carrier support – 22 carriers in 42 countries at launch. Audience groans again. Safari is 3x faster now.

Parental controls, including age-appropriate apps. Tethering to give iPhone Internet connection to your computer – so you can access Internet by connecting iPhone to computer. Works with Macs and PCs. Works wired over USB or wireless via Bluetooth. No need for special software. Requires carrier support – 22 carriers in 42 countries at launch. Audience groans again. Safari is 3x faster now.

In-app purchase. You can subscribe to content, get new levels for games, etc from right inside apps. Business terms for in-app purchase remain same: 30% cut to Apple. Free apps remain free for lifetime of the app. Peer-to-peer support, totally seamless wireless connection between devices. Accessories. iPhone OS 3.0 lets hardware accessory develoeprs make products that communicate with software. Previously noted Johnson + Johnson blood glucose monitor can communicate with app to help you monitor glucose and plan meals. Developers can create custom protocols if they need.

ScrollMotion – digital book company. Bringing content to the iPhone, new in-app bookstore powered by in-app purchase. Over 500 bestsellers in the store already – now 50 major magazines and 170 daily newspapers, and 1 million books coming to App Store. Book downloads directly into the app, with a bookshelf. Swipe to turn pages, pinch to zoom. Copy and paste, in-app email let you now do citations from the books without ever leaving the app. They are partnering with leading textbook publishers to bring textbooks to the App Store. App is the Iceberg Reader.

Tom Tom bringing navigation to iPhone. Real Tom Tom navigation in an app. Letting you know where you are with on-screen imaging and voiceovers. Designed to be really easy to use in the car. An optional accessory to be offered – a holder that can mount the iPhone to the windshield or the dashboard. It can improve the GPS speaker and enhance the speaker via your car stereo, and add a microphone for handsfree, as well as powering the iPhone while you drive. They’ll be making maps available for multiple territories: Tom Tom for iPhone. Coming this summer.

3 Responses to “Apple WWDC Keynote!”

  1. Chris says:

    Grrr… did you see the prices for existing customers? $399 for a 16GB 3GS and that’s WITH another 2 year contract!

    And I’m mad that the 3G won’t do video when my 3G will do video just fine with a jailbreak app. Thanks, Apple!

    And AT&T still not ready for MMS? And no tethering with them? Come on!!!

    But $29 upgrade for Snow Leopard is very cool.

  2. Bruce Morin says:

    Yea…unreal. No thanks! And, would I pay that for a better camera and video? Video would be cool, but my iPhone is NOT my main camera and never will be.

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