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Apple Posts iPhone OS 3.0 Preview Event Streaming Video

Apple has posted their usual streaming QuickTime video of today's iPhone OS 3.0 Preview Event.

Watch it now via Apple.com...

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Apple iPhone 3.0 Massive News Roundup!

So Apple previewed iPhone OS 3.0 today, and made the first beta available for developers, but it won't be released for us users until "summer" 2009 (we're guessing June or July). No new hardware was announced (we're guessing WWDC in June for that too!), but boy-oh-boy were there a lot of software announcements. Here's a roundup of posts we have up thus far. Yes, it's been quite a day for the iPhone, for TiPb, and for our awesome community -- thanks everyone!

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iPod Touch (2nd Gen) DOES Have Bluetooth, Gets iPhone 3.0 for $10

So much iPhone news came today that it's tough to keep track of it all. One thing we wanted to make sure didn't get lost in the shuffle was the iPod Touch news that came out today. Specifically, the iPhone 3.0 software will come to the iPod Touch for a $10 upgrade fee and will include an "unlock" to give the iPod Touch the Bluetooth functionality that's being added in iPhone 3.0.

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Apple Announces Copy and Paste for iPhone 3.0

As widely rumored (yep, Kevin Rose was right!), Apple announced Copy and Paste today for iPhone OS 3.0, with "cut" relegated to apps that support it (?).

It works differently in different apps, this is what we can figure out:

Mail & Notes (and 3rd party?): double tap to begin. Drag small delineator icons to start and end of text string you want to copy.

Safari (and embedded browsers): Tap and hold to begin. Selects blocks of text.

Photos: Tap the action button to begin. Select multiple photos to paste into email. (Unknown if Apple will scale or compress before sending?)

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iPhone OS 3.0: What Didn't We Get? Video! Push Gmail! Flash! Improved Notifications! Background Multitasking! Palm Pre Features! More

While at times it felt like a tidal wave of features were announced today during Apple's iPhone 3.0 Preview Event, several features were still conspicuous by their absence. Here's what comes immediately to mind... after the break!

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Apple's Mobile OS X Now On 30 Million Devices! 17 Million iPhones, 13 Million iPod touch

As part of the iPhone 3.0 Preview Event today, Apple announced that their iPhone OS, which powers both the iPhone and the iPod touch, is now on 30 million devices -- including 17 million iPhones (presumable 2G and 3G) by December, 2008. And while we're admittedly mathlexic around here, but that sounds like the first admission of iPod touch sales to us, which would peg them at 13 million?

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Apple Announces (Again) Push Notification Services for iPhone 3.0

We've asked what happened to the Push Notification Service that iPhone Software VP, Scott Forstall first announced back at WWDC 2008. We've even wondered if Apple had changed their mind and gone with a true background multi-tasking approach. Or whether they'd simply scrapped the idea entirely?

Turns out Push Notification took a little longer to polish up than Apple anticipated, in addition to developers requesting features above and beyond what Apple initially expected (though, in all "truthiness", we didn't see anything new above the surface yet ourselves).

Apple claims to have tested Windows Mobile, Android, and other devices running background IM, and that battery drain was 80% compared with 20% for Push Notification. We're not buying that yet, but we are happy Apple is taking their time with this. Better a rock-solid implementation than anything approaching MobileMe's disastrous launch.

So what is Push Notification and how does it work? Read on after the break!

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Turn by Turn Apps Coming to iPhone 3.0 App Store

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iPhone OS 3.0 SDK Beta: 1000 New APIs! Maps! iPod! P2P! iPod Access! Dock Access! More!

As part of their just concluded iPhone OS 3.0 Preview Event, Apple refreshed the iPhone SDK and announced over 1000 new API for developers which, according to Senior Vice President of iPhone Software, Scott Forstall, are designed to better help developers make great apps. (And a boatload of money for all involved, 'natch).

Highlights include:

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What's new with Bluetooth in iPhone 3.0?

There were plenty of things we were hoping for with iPhone 3.0, but that list definitely included improved support for the many things we can do with Bluetooth. The list was as long as the feature list for Bluetooth itself and though Apple didn't get everything, they certainly got a lot. Here's the list of what you can (and can't) do with Bluetooth on iPhone 3.0:

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