Potential news for updated iPhone features

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ndriver182, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. ndriver182 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007
    Just was checking out digg's website and found this article. Hopefully it holds water.


    Apple planning host of iPhone updates before Leopard release - report

    By Aidan Malley
    Published: 03:25 PM EST

    While the more cautious phone buyers have stayed away from the iPhone for numerous practical reasons, one source claims that Apple's handset is due to solve most of these problems with upgrades in coming months -- many of which will arrive with or before the company's Mac OS X upgrade.

    A Palo Alto mobile user interface designer that regularly associates with Apple employees has reportedly been told that many of the features lacking from the iPhone are already scheduled as part of future updates, most of which should arrive on or before the October release of the revamped Mac OS.

    Some of these updates may arrive within weeks. A true instant messaging client described as a mobile version of iChat, will arrive "very, very soon" and certainly before Leopard, the designer says. Customized ringtones were also set to appear within the same timeframe.

    But fall 2007 is when the iPhone's features are set to expand in earnest, he adds. The iPhone will not only gain a disk mode for transferring computer files but should also receive a full-fledged file browser that lets users store and open documents. Its omission from the iPhone software made available in June was supposedly made primarily because the company wants a fully developed browser very similar to that found in Mac OS X Leopard, including the option of Cover Flow browsing.

    Leopard itself will also allegedly include hooks for the iPhone, opening an enhanced file window in Finder for dragging files to and from the device. Like the iPod shuffle, users will be able to set aside a certain amount of the iPhone's flash storage for iTunes content and the rest for general data.

    Microsoft's expected fall launch of Office 2008 for Mac will also provide justification for the critical addition of full Exchange sync support, according to one of the UI developer's Apple-employed friends. In what may be an expansion of Apple chief executive Steve Jobs's allusion to official announcements on the matter, the friend claims that iPhones will be able to synchronize with Exchange Server 'without the insecure IMAP setting required today.'

    Less specifically-timed upgrades are also slated for the future, if the report proves accurate. iWork should be available in mobile form and will at the very least allow the display of Keynote slideshows beyond today's basic Excel and Word viewing in the iPhone's e-mail client. A simple auto-discovering file sharing system, "Spotlight-like" search, and widescreen typing should all upgrade the phone's core features at varying points throughout the current phone's life cycle.

    The Apple employees are also purportedly aware of intents to bring in support for third-party applications, including Adobe's Flash. In at least the case of the animation plugin, however, performance optimizations and security measures are needed before it can be used on the slower and potentially more vulnerable mobile device.
  2. MR MIDWAY macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2007
    July 2 Update

    just a heads up in case nobody noticed, when you activated the iphone in itunes it says that the software is updated and will check again on july 2 for other updates, so expect a bit of software tweaking tomorrow, this will probably solve and answer a lot of problems. just my thoughts:) :) :)
  3. badtzmaru macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2007
    an apple store worker told me apple is already working on some fixes such as being able to select a whole word and a way to mass delete emails. she seemed pretty knowledgeable.
  4. AppleIntelRock macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2006
    it checks for software updates all the time... mine says the 5th... don't get too excited ;)

  5. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    So many of them do, but I doubt many of them have an inside ear to goings on at Infinity Loop or they wouldn't be working in the retail part of Apple. Rule of thumb at any retail store is the workers know jack about future products or product enhancements. They read the same rumor pages we read.

    That said, I would expect the iPhone to add lots of new features, and bug fixes are a given. Apple has to continue sale and keep the iPhone excitement. I'd even bet Apple held back on widgets so they could just keep announcing new features. Curious thing is, adding new features like 802.11n to MBPs and MBs cost users $1.99. Not sure how adding new features to the iPhone is different, or will new widgets, in fact cost $ at the iTunes store similar to Palm apps at Palm.com?
  6. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    In the latest quarterly financial statements, apple said the iphone and apple tv would be changed to some fancy accounting term so that they could add new stuff and the revenue from them would be accrurred over a year?

    Something like that.. basically they are covered.

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