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3:44 Hello once again everyone, we are up and running and ready for iPhone 3.0. Feel free to leave a comment at any stage throughout today’s liveblog.
3:46 14 minutes to go
3:47 Apple’s Playlist: Coldplay
3:47 People are pouring in to the building, most in their seats.
3:49 Just about 10 minutes left until iPhone 3.0
3:53 Apple’s Playlist: Jack Johnson & Radiohead.
3:56 Mr Apple voiceover tells all to turn off cellphones. Here we go!
4:01 As Ryan Seacrest would say, “Dim the lights”
4:02 Greg Joswiak is up.
4:03 Talks about iPhone today, available in over 80 countries, 13.7 million sold.
4:04 Scott (Forstall) will also be presenting today.
4:05 Greg’s stats: 800,000 SDK downloads, 50,000 developers have joined the paid ADC.
4:06 Talks about Gameloft’s 2M+ downloads, shows a short Trism video.
4:07 More about iPhone application development, nothing new here…
4:08 “We’ve had a lot of curiosity over the submission process”
4:08 96% of apps approved.
4:09 800 million app downloads.
4:09 Greg says thanks, Scott up for iPhone 3.0 preview
4:10 Scott is the SVP of iPhone software.
4:10 Will discuss developer benefits of 3.0 first.
4:11 1,000 new APIs for devs in 3.0
4:12 Talks about App Store improvements…
4:13 New in-app purchase model available on App Store e.g. more game levels,
4:15 In-app purchase is for paid apps only. Same 30% for Apple rule applies.
4:16 Apple is also going to support P2P connectivity “This is great for games”
4:17 nice. new API allows you to find other iPhones/iPod touches in the area and connect via Bonjour.
4:18 works for any app, particularly good for multiplayer games.
4:18 3.0 allows hardware accessories to build apps to accompany that accessory.
4:21 Devs can use custom protocols for hardware apps.
4:21 Moving on to Maps.
4:22 3.0 allows devs to embed Maps into their applications using a new API.
4:22 Great news for me!
4:23 And developers can now make turn-by-turn GPS apps!!!
4:23 Uses core location technology.
4:24 Moving on to Push notification
4:25 Apple acknowledges their lateness ‘due to the scale of apps on the App Store’… feel they’ve got it right now.
4:26 Talks about disadvantages of Background Processing.
4:26 Drains battery life & performance.
4:29 Same demo of Push since last year. Unsurprisingly, no background apps will come to the iPhone, but in my opinion push is fine – as long as they actually release it.
4:30 iPod library access, game voice chat, text selection and more, just some of the APIs.
4:31 It’s demo time. Apple asked a few devs to make some apps with 3.0, first up its the creators of meebo, the IM app.
4:32 Apple seems to have a thing for Instant Messaging today.
4:32 Add in-app email to that list of new APIs by the way.
4:34 Somehow I think Apple might drift a bit with these app demos. Interesting and all, but somewhat drawn out (judging by previous events).
4:35 Electronic Arts up next.
4:36 Demoing iPhone’s Sims 3.
4:37 The Sims 3 for iPhone will allow you to purchase various items for your Sims within the app (in-app purchase here folks)
4:38 Oracle up next. No offence guys, but you’re not exactly copy-and-paste.
4:41 Oracle done.
4:41 ESPN up next.
4:43 ESPN moves from webapp to native app, uses push for scores and news, etc.
4:45 Something of interest – streaming media in ESPN’s app. it adjusts to your quality of bandwidth.
4:46 next up Lifescan, a medical something-or-other.
4:46 Diabetes management. There you go.
4:51 Looks to be quite useful for those with diabetes.
4:52 Next up, ngmoco
4:52 New Rolando features ahead?
4:53 Neil Young up. No, not that one.
4:54 two new games – LiveFire (1st person shooter) and Touch Pets.
4:56 various new APIs being used in these games. looks good.
4:59 Next up the people behind Smule.
5:02 new app from smule – leaf trombone. music. multiplayer.
5:04 Scott comes back. Lovin’ Smule’s music performance.
5:05 Consumer side! More than 100 new features in 3.0.
5:05 And the moment you’ve all been waiting for… Cut, Copy and Paste!
5:07 double tap on text, speech bubble appears with cut/copy/paste options. drag to make your selection.
5:08 Select blocks of text easily in Safari, recognizes paragraphs.
5:09 nice ‘shake to undo’ function thrown in there.
5:10 copy and paste works in 3rd party apps, too.
5:10 Moving on. It appears the SMS app has changed (supports MMS?)
5:11 You can now send more than one photo in an email by copy/paste.
5:12 Finally, landscape across most apps!
5:13 Works in Mail, SMS, Notes…
5:14 Moving on to the renamed “Messages” app (from SMS)
5:14 MMS. Support. Here. Now.
5:15 photos, contact info and audio files over the network through messages!
5:16 and an in-built voice recorder here too! Send memos through Messages or Mail.
5:17 Calendar suppost – subscriptions, .ics
5:17 added support for CalDAV
5:18 Stocks gets an upgrade (Yay?) landscape mode + key news stories at the bottom of the screen
5:18 Also you can now search in all ‘key’ Applications
5:19 And yes, that includes Mail
5:20 new home screen for spotlight search
5:23 great news here folks…
5:24 itunes account creation, youtube accounts, stereo bluetooth, live streaming, shake to shuffle… and heaps more.
5:25 Greg comes on to talk about release of 3.0
5:26 developer beta is out today.
5:26 developer forums coming to help share information.
5:27 15 more App Store countries today.
5:29 iPhone OS 3.0 is available “this Summer”. Free for iPhone customers… $9.95 for iPod touch owners. Works on original iPhone, some features don’t however (e.g. MMS)
5:30 And we are out
5:30 Q&A with Scott… and Phil Schiller
5:35 TIME asks why copy and paste took way longer than it should have.. Apple responds with “security issues”. Whaaaa?
5:36 No Flash news today.
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