It’s not everyday that a smartphone maker adds 100 new features to their product, but that’s what happened yesterday at Apple’s big annual gathering, the World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco.
Many of the upgrades to this increasingly popular smartphone were already rumored among its fans. The first, big news is that’s there’s a new incarnation of the phone — the 3GS, a really fast phone that shoots video, responds to voice commands and even has a compass in case you can’t figure out which way is up.
But for those who aren’t ready to trade up to the, the current iPhone will also get an upgrade with new software, that can be downloaded for free on June 17.
New features in the software include:
- Cut, copy and paste (oh, happy day!)
- Landscape keyboard (my fat fingers are appreciative)
- Capability to send video, audio, photos and contact info in text messages
- Spotlight searching entire unit
- Voice memos
- Calendar integration
- Movie and video buying capability
- Enhanced stock tracking features
- Automatic WiFi login
- Enhanced parental controls
The phone’s also getting new languages, Web browser enhancements, Internet tethering and stereo Bluetooth connectivity (yes, you can now wirelessly connect to those cool headphones or speakers.)
The new iPhone comes in two sizes — 16GB and 32GB. The 3GS also has a 3 megapixel camera as opposed to the 2mp camera that comes with the iPhone 3G.
For business types, the big new features will be the phone’s new enterprise capability. The iPhone now supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, delivering push email, calendar, and contacts. And it gives mobile users secure access to corporate resources with Cisco IPSec VPN and wireless network services with WPA2 Enterprise and 802.1X authentication.
All this means it’s more business friendly for busy execs who”l be able to get their e-mail and other important data securely and easily — something the iPhone’s been lacking in the past.