iPhone 3.0 To Bring Copy & Paste, MMS, Tethering, Spotlight, Landscape Email, Stereo Bluetooth, Notes Sync & More
At the iPhone OS 3.0 preview event today, Apple announced the inclusion of Copy & Paste in the upcoming 3.0 software update. MMS will also be coming in an update to the SMS app, which has been renamed to "Messages." Additional features such as multi-photo emailing, landscape email, notes syncing, and Spotlight searching will also be included. The update will be available in the summer.
World of Apple reports that Kevin Rose leaked details about how copy and paste is to eventually be implemented during a live taping of the popular internet show Diggnation. According to Kevin, selecting text is done by double-tapping on a word, which brings up two quotation marks that can be adjusted to select the text you want. Once the text is selected, you can chose between copying, cutting, or pasting. (Video after the break.)
Since its announcement yesterday, there's been quite a bit of speculation about what new features iPhone 3.0 will bring. BoyGeniusReport claims to have some concrete info which points to MMS and USB and Bluetooth tethering as two features which will definitely be included in the new software. MacRumors believes that we'll see background processes in iPhone 3.0, which we've previously reported.
Yet another third party attempt at a copy and paste solution for the iPhone has been launched that takes copy and paste one step further toward a usable state. Clippy, made by developer Ryan Petrich, is an add-on for the iPhone's virtual keyboard that lets you do true copy and paste with Apple's apps like Notes, Mail and SMS, as well as a few third party ones. Clippy is available for jailbroken iPhones and iPod Touches through Cydia.
We were cautiously excited yesterday when we heard about Pastebud, a new web app that hoped to offer a viable copy and paste method for the iPhone and iPod touch. However, when it launched yesterday, users quickly found a critical security issue with the web service. For some reason, users were getting information from other users' clipboards.
There have been a small handful of projects that aimed to finally fill the gaping void left by Apple when they didn't add copy and paste to the iPhone, but so far none have managed to deliver. Now Pastebud is giving it a try, and like many of the others, it's a start.
AT&T is back with another customer survey, and it may be the most useful survey of theirs yet. This time they're asking iPhone and iPhone 3G owners what features they would like to see added to the iPhone in the future. For the most part, it seems to be a follow-up to a survey done not long after the iPhone 3G's US launch.
The latest attempt at a copy/paste solution for the iPhone popped up on Cydia recently in the form of CopierciN. The app is jailbreak only and combines the concept of a text editor and a snippet importer/exporter. Using the app, you can import text from SMS, Notes, or Email. Text can then be opened, edited in the built-in text editor, and then exported as a new SMS, Email, Note, or just a file.
Zak White's open-source copy and paste framework OpenClip was a very ingenious solution to what seemed like an impossible problem, but as great as it would be to finally have copy and paste for at least some apps, it has been found that OpenClip's inevitable drawback keeps it from working in the upcoming 2.1 firmware update.
We've been waiting for copy and paste on the iPhone for a long, long time, but despite our pleas, Apple still says that it's not at the top of their list of priorities. In the meantime, a very creative college student by the name of Zak White has created his own alternative that looks to be the first viable copy/paste solution between multiple apps that doesn't interfere with Apple's SDK.