Tomorrow, Apple is going to give a preview of the next version of the iPhone operating system, iPhone Software 3.0, at their campus and to a group of journalists.It is believed that although, this is a preview and not a roll-out, that distribution of this new software will happen soon, I think it wil be released in the next month, unless, Apple releases new hardware, because then it would make sense that they wait for the next generation of hardware. But, I thought it would be a good idea to write what I think the next generation of software will include, because it has a lot to live up to.
The single most demanded feature is copy and paste it is essential for putting in Wireless passwords and just saving time when trying to get work done. Although copy and paste is more of a convenience feature, it has been demanded since day one and because of that Apple needs to put it out. I am not sure how this will be implemented but, after two years, they need to get it out or it will cost them dearly, it is do or die now!
The other feature that people have been craving for some time is background applications, because applications like instant messaging could be always running so if you are not actively running the application, you can get messages and get notified of when new messages arrive. I think this feature is less likley than copy and paste because Apple flat-out mocked background applications and task managers in their last SDK announcement and it would look bad if they went back on what they had said before.
Tethering has also been a frequent request because it would be great to be able to take that $30/ month for iPhone service and be able to use that on your laptop as well as on your iphone. It would be very convient to the iPhone users and would be simple to implement with a new applications. The final thing that has been speculated about being added was MMS so users can send multimedia as well as text messages.
One thing that I am curious about is that the tradition has been for the past two years that Apple releases a new iPhone on the anniversary in June in each year but, I am curious what they will add besides increasing the memory. I also wonder if the new software will be availible for the iPod Touch and what price, I think if it adds a few of the features I mentioned it is 100% worth the nominal charge.