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Five Ways Apple's iPhone OS 3.0 Upgrade Will Improve Your Mobile Life

Jennifer Bosavage
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1. Cut, copy and paste: It's here! Cut, copy and paste will be functional within or across applications. Users will be able to copy favorite clips from Web pages on Apple's iPhone to your personal clipboard. Shake the iPhone to undo and redo the action, and the Cut, Copy, Paste function will work with text and photos. That'll allow Mail to send multiple photos at a time. Of course, there is already a version for "jailbroken" iPhones: Clippy.

2. Multimedia messaging: Apple's iPhone upgrades from SMS to MMS. Users can send and receive photos, contacts, audio files and locations with the Messages app. Also: the ability to "forward and delete multiple messages." The Apple's new Landscape view will come in handy for Text, Mail and Notes.

3. Bluetooth, unlocked: The mysterious A2DP chip, initially seemingly in the device solely for use with Nike+, will be put to use for wireless accessory control and peer-to-peer connection. (A2DP encodes audio to a Bluetooth-friendly format, and sends the signal wirelessly to Bluetooth headphones that decode and play the audio.) Bluetooth tethering, i.e., using an iPhone as a modem for a laptop has arrived as well. No more WiFi worries.

4. Voice Memo: Using the built-in microphone or an external, plug-in one, Voice Memo can record small voice notes, lectures, meetings, interviews, etc. An included editing tool can cut the recordings and they can be sent or any similar audio. The included editing tools allow you to trim your recordings, and they can be sent through e-mail or the new, aforementioned MMS functionality.

5. Search: Spotlight search is integrated across the entire device. Users can search for specific e-mail messages, applications, contacts, and any other data from within those applications in one place. It works similar to the Spotlight search on Mac OS X.

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