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With trademark confidence, Kevin Rose was pretty vocal about what we could expect to see from the new iPhone 3.0 software this Tuesday, and he claims to have it on good authority from a source who’s “been right before.” The basic purpose of the update, according […]

iphoneWith trademark confidence, Kevin Rose was pretty vocal about what we could expect to see from the new iPhone 3.0 software this Tuesday, and he claims to have it on good authority from a source who’s “been right before.” The basic purpose of the update, according to Rose, is to anticipate and match features that the Palm Pre is advertising that the iPhone does not yet have. Chief among these features is that mythical beast of iPhone legend, copy and paste.

Rose described the upcoming feature, which he claims is definitely in iPhone 3.0, in his Diggnation podcast this past Sunday. The implementation sounds similar to the copy and paste we’ve already seen from MagicPad, which, you may recall, was the first individual, official app to bring copy and paste to the iPhone, though it was not platform-wide. Cutting, copying, and pasting will occur when you double-tap an insertion or selection point in text, which will bring up a magnified area. From there, you can drag to select an area to copy or cut, and choose from three buttons (Cut, Copy, Paste) to perform each action.

While Rose doesn’t go into detail about what other features will be included, a quick glance at the Pre’s specs can give us some clues. Looking at Gizmodo’s comparison, I find it hard to see what else Rose could be referring to with regards to other features Apple can introduce to bring the two devices more in line. Maybe tethering and stereo Bluetooth support, both of which would also be long overdue, and built-in multi-network instant messaging support?

What I’m more concerned with are the features he claims will be left out this time around. Aside from copy and paste, the three things he mentions as not being made available in iPhone 3.0 are arguably three of the most desired functions on anyone’s list. First, no background apps, which obviously doesn’t fit with the overall goal of beefing up the iPhone’s software to match the Pre, since this is one of the Pre’s biggest advantages. Also getting a miss this time around, according to Rose, are video recording and MMS. The latter is supported by the Palm Pre, though whether or not the forthcoming device will be able to handle video is not yet known.

I was very much looking forward to tomorrow, and I’m still interested, but Rose’s claims have taken the edge off of my excitement. If Apple shows up tomorrow with little else in hand besides copy and paste, which it should have included at the iPhone’s launch, then Palm’s upcoming device is going to look that much more fetching.

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  1. Push notifications are really important for me. I don’t know if there will be enough for me to upgrade my jailbroken phone to, as it is a huge hassle I don’t like to go through.

  2. Do you really think that Apple would change the version number to 3.0 just for copy and paste, and if so, why a “preview”? Give me a break.

    This will almost certainly be a major release with a significant interface overhaul.

    Big change I think we’ll see: Spaces, which will allow probably four but maybe more different app spaces to be open at once and running in the background.

  3. No you all do not understand.

    The preview tomorrow is going to be very light concerning features. Multi-tasking and video will come but not as a software update. You all will HAVE TO buy the iphone 3.0 with its new processors if you want true multi-tasking and video and other great stuff.

    This is so freaking obvious that I do not understand why nobody is getting this.

  4. While the Palm Pre is awesome and sexy and whatever else, there’s no way in the depths of unholy hades that it can compete with the 15,000 and counting third-party apps for the iPhone.

    I’m pissed about the lack of MMS action, but it’s a small price to pay for the glory that is the entire iPhone package. Small indeed.

    Good luck ever tempting a user away from the iPhone with it’s full list of capabilities.

  5. It should be a crime that iPhone users have to use that god awful AT&T site to receive MMS messages. If Apple doesn’t add support for that pretty soon it will be very very disappointing.

  6. The four primary complaints I hear from us iPhone users is:

    1. MMS
    2. Ability to view flash files
    3. Multiple apps running at same time
    4. Cut and Paste

    What concerns me is the mounting frustration iPhone users have with what appears to be simple requests such as MMS and cut and paste. Unless I’m not understanding the process in which these two functions operate, it ought to be pretty easy to accomodate; it’s not like iPhone is trying to become the first to develop said functions like they were the first to develop the touch phone.

    In any event, if we iPhone users are forced to upgrade our phone, and thus our service plan, just to receive a newer version that will allow to use said functions, I’m sure I wouldn’t be the only one to complain.

  7. Palm Pre is in the potential situation of being blown out of the water.

  8. Apple: 17+ million iPhones; 27,000 apps, 28 Billion in cash

    Palm: 0 Pre, 0 apps, burning through last of investor cash

  9. @Tom. I don’t think the Palm Pre has much to fear. The Pre already implements all of the iPhone’s best features and includes many innovative features in its own right (Synergy, or whatever Palm is calling the integrated calendars/addressbook is awesome and iPhone doesn’t have anything like it!). Further, the iPhone limited by the hardware and software. I don’t think that we are going to see multiple apps like the Pre is capable of doing because the hardware can’t really handle it. I’ve been tremendously disappointed in the performance of my iPod touch lately. If I try and listen to music while downloading e-mail, it will often choke. Twice in the last two days, I’ve had to soft reset the device to make it behave correctly. And let’s not forget that the iPhone can be slightly less than stable. It’s still too early to tell, but if Pre can deliver a stable, fast and integrated experience … it will give iPhone a serious run for it’s money. I hope it does. It took competition for Apple to finally deliver copy/paste. Here’s to hoping that they deliver task/note sync as well!

  10. Can someone please explain WHY you WANT MMS when email is available? Does it have something to do with the cost? I used to use MMS… but only when I DIDN’T HAVE EMAIL.

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