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Major iPhone OS upgrade coming this summer

Apple (AAPL) unveiled a slew of new features — more than 100 in all — in the third major revision of the iPhone’s basic operating system. Among the enhancements demonstrated at a special media event at the company’s Cupertino headquarters on Tuesday were many of the functions users had been clamoring for — in some cases for nearly two years. Among the highlights:

  • Cut, copy and paste across applications
  • So-called “push notification” — for example, of breaking news or sports results
  • Multimedia messaging service (MMS) for sending pictures or voice memos in instant messages
  • Landscape viewing when the iPhone is turned sideways in the major applications, including Mail
  • The ability to search Mail, Calendar and other Apple applications for key words
  • Improved calendar functions
  • Stereo Bluetooth for wireless earphones

And much more. At the end of the 90 minute presentation, senior vice president Scott Forstall (who stood in for the ailing Steve Jobs) was rattling off features faster than reporters could type: Notes Sync, audio/video tags, live streaming, shake to shuffle, Wi-Fi auto login, Stereo Bluetooth, LDAP, iTunes account creation, YouTube ratings, anti-phishing, call log, parental controls, media ccrubber, OTA profiles, VPN on demand, languages, YouTube subscriptions, YouTube accounts, encrypted profiles, auto-fills…

“Many minor features add up to a major change,” was Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster’s take-away message.

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Courtesy: CNN

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