With the betas of iPhone OS 3.0
in hand, developers have found additional proof that Apple may be including a video recording application, an accessibility entry, voice dialing and more. As expected, some features seem to be destined for use on fresh hardware only, meaning two things: 1 - that Apple is launching a new iPhone this summer, and 2 - that early iPhone adopters may not make full use of the iPhone OS 3.0's offerings.
“One of our trusty ninjas just blessed us with some exclusive iPhone 3.0 shots,” reads a BGR report
. “Things like detailing a video recording application, more settings options, an accessibility entry, and even showing that Apple could possibly be integrating voice dialing, too.” (Screenshots available below.) An update to the post claims that the same source has found additional details, such as:
- the final 3.0 firmware is likely to support OpenGL ES v2.0.
- various references to “ChinaBrick” in some of the 3.0 beta firmwares
- video recording seems to be tied to newer hardware and will not be backwards compatible with the iPhone 3G.
On March 17, Apple presented the blueprint for the iPhone OS 3.0 beta. In addition to previewing the new features, Apple gave members of the iPhone Developer Program immediate access to the iPhone OS 3.0 software beta and updated the Software Development Kit
(SDK) with over 1,000 fresh APIs. Earlier this month, Softpedia reported that Apple had released new betas of the iPhone OS 3.0 and iPhone SDK 3.0. Among other findings, iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 2 adds the ability to display 11 pages of apps (180 apps total) on an iPhone and iPod touch. The currently shipping version of the iPhone firmware (2.2.1) only allows 9 pages of apps for a total of 148 displayed icons.
Apple officially disclosed few additions to the iPhone OS, such as the ability to search your iPhone using more intuitive and efficient search mechanisms; cut, copy, and paste; the ability to send photos, contacts, audio files, and location via MMS and the ability to read and compose email and text messages in landscape.