Apple iPhone 3.0 Software Adds Much-Needed Basics, eWEEK Labs Finds
REVIEW: The free upgrade to iPhone OS adds cut-and-paste capabilities, landscape mode for e-mail, and the ability to find and remotely wipe devices. However, in preliminary tests, restoring a wiped device was easier said than done.The Apple iPhone 3.0 software adds much-needed basics-such as cut and paste and e-mail viewing in landscape mode-along with tools to help find or disable lost handsets that have gone astray. The no-cost upgrade will greatly enhance individual users' experience, while also increasing the pressure for centrally managed, enterprise-class tools to harness the new power provided by the update, which became available June 17. The ability to select text and graphics for cut-and-paste operations is a feature that has been sorely missing on the iPhone. With the new software, it is simple enough to tap and hold to activate the selection tool and then drag the selector over text and graphics. Another tap brings up a cut/copy menu bar. After moving to the target application, pasting the selection is a quick two-tap process.
Many applications already have the ability to work in portrait or landscape mode on the iPhone, so the addition of this feature to the built-in mail application is welcome (if a little tardy). Mail works the same in either mode, with the keyboard changing to match the device orientation. The larger keyboard in landscape mode should help users who have had trouble accurately typing on the smaller keyboard that is used when mail is in portrait mode.