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Video: Apple shows off iPhone OS 3.0 cut, copy, and paste feature

At long last, iPhone users will soon be able to copy and paste text and images. Apple's senior vice president of iPhone software, Scott Forstall, demonstrates the new tap-and-drag feature.

On March 17, Apple gave a preview of what we can expect from the iPhone OS 3.0 Software. Sister site, CNET.com covered the event and took videos of several stand-out features. In this video, Apple's senior vice president of iPhone software, Scott Forstall, demonstrates the new tap-and-drag feature.

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7 comments
jpb
jpb

These features are nice, but will they be available on the iPod Touch? I have no use for a cell phone where I live, there is no cell service yet. I can, however, use my Touch to VoIP and do just about everything else one would want to. These features would be great, and even better would be for Apple to support easy jailbreaking so that I don't have to use questionable third party utilities in order to use my Touch as a wireless penetration testing device.

BogdanC
BogdanC

Regarding the copy/paste feature for TEXT I need to say that HTC mobile phones offer a more simple solution (or at least I find it very easy to use): normal selection with stylus pen, then press on selected text and menu pops with "cut, copy, paste". Picture copy-pasting looks good on iPhone.

sangraal
sangraal

The question is can you copy from area not only designated as fields where you can edit?

Spiritusindomit
Spiritusindomit

Someone dig up alexander graham bell and let him know.

jpb
jpb

Every cell phone in existence today has an operating system, whether it is Windows, Apple's iPhone OS, Linux, Google Android, or one of several others. The real marvel is that people actually think the iPhone is so great, when it is lacking in so many ways. I am no fan of Windows, but come on Apple, you invented the PDA, it's time to apply that experience to the smart phone.

chris.lambert
chris.lambert

Why has Apple only now given the iPhone these simple features? I've had several windows based phones now and everyone has had these more than basic features. While I've only ever used the iPhone twice I find it amazing that it has been hailed as the next big things when so many features have been left out. Was this a rush job to get it on the market?

IT
IT

I don't think it was b/c Apple was trying to "rush" the phone to market, but rather, they really didn't intend to include the feature. Since the phone still (even with the v3.0) isn't an "Enterprise" phone like the BB or M$ Mobile v5/6, most users probably didn't need the CC&P feature, especially when you consider iTouch is everything iPhone is -phone. Surfing the web, downloading games, and listening to music doesn't need CC&P to work. What I'm concerned about is that "enterprise/corporate" users that want the integration with M$ Exchange's Push feature for email to work for ALL folders not just the top level Inbox. I would also have thought they'd address VR for dialing and dynamic driving directions. Maybe in v4.0?

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