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iPhone OS 3.0 is Here

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

iPhoneOS 3.0The free iPhone OS 3.0 Software Update includes some great new features, as well as all the features from previous updates. iPhone OS 3.0 also lets you run the next generation of iPhone apps, like peer-to-peer games and more. If you’ve never updated before, now is the perfect time.

Landscape KeyboardCut, Copy & Paste

Quickly and easily cut, copy, and paste text from application to application. Select entire blocks of web text with a tap. Copy and paste images from the web, too.

Landscape Keyboard

Want more room to type? Rotate iPhone to landscape to use a larger keyboard in Mail, Messages, Notes, and Safari.


Send MMS messages and include video, photos, audio, and contact info. Even tap to snap a picture or shoot a video right inside Messages. (MMS support from AT&T coming in late summer.)

Spotlight Search

Find what you’re looking for across your iPhone, all from one place. Spotlight searches all of your contacts, email, calendars, and notes, as well as everything in your iPod.

Voice Memos

Capture a memo, a meeting, or any audio recording on the go. Voice Memos works with the built-in iPhone microphone or with the mic on your headset.

Improved Calendar

Create meetings via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and subscribe to calendars with new CalDAV support.

Buy Movies, TV Shows, and Audiobooks

Download movies, TV shows, music videos, and audiobooks from the iTunes Store on your iPhone.

Enhanced Stocks App

Get more at-a-glance information and view charts in landscape.

Safari Improvements

Enjoy faster performance, autofill user names and passwords, and more.

Internet Tethering

Share your Internet connection with your laptop with Internet tethering via Bluetooth or USB. (Tethering is not currently offered in the U.S. and some other countries. See your carrier for availability.)

Stereo Bluetooth

Connect compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones, car kits, or other accessories.

Automatic Wi-Fi Login

Log in to a Wi-Fi hotspot and iPhone automatically logs you in when you connect again.

Sync Notes

Never leave a note behind. Now you can sync all the notes you write on your iPhone back to your Mac or PC.

Parental Controls

Decide what music, videos, and apps your kids can access.

iTunes Store Account

Create and log in to one or more iTunes Store accounts directly from your iPhone.

YouTube Login

Log in to your YouTube account to save and sync bookmarks and rate favorites.

Shake to Shuffle

Give iPhone a shake and it shuffles to a different song in your music library.

New Languages

iPhone supports 30 languages and more than 40 keyboard layouts.

MobileMe Find My iPhone and Remote Wipe

Find your iPhone if you lose it and protect your privacy with Remote Wipe.

Run the Latest Apps

Run the next generation of iPhone apps, like peer-to-peer games1 and more.

More Powerful Spotlight searches

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Today someone asked me if there is a way to do a search in Spotlight and have it only fine Item A and Item B when they both appear together. It reminded me of one of the features Apple put into Spotlight that most people don’t know about, called boolean searches.

In the Spotlight menu or any application that has a Spotlight box such as Apple Mail, you can type Item A NOT Item B and the results will only include items where Item A is found without Item B. This also works with OR and AND. Note that the capitalization of AND, OR and NOT is required for this to work. to instantly show all matches, except those containing ‘sunset.’

For example “Microsoft NOT Windows” will return all occurrences where Microsoft is mentioned without Windows.

Another example: “Dolby AND AppleTV” will find anything that has AppleTV and Dolby, but not items that only have one or the other.

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