The Next Wave of iPhone Apps

This is the biggest week of the year for iPhone users, as Apple released iPhone OS 3.0 on Wednesday and will be launching the new iPhone 3GS on Friday.

The iPhone OS 3.0 Software Update provides a significant number of enhancements to the operating system including spotlight search, cut, copy, & paste, voice memos, support for landscape keyboard usage in Mail, Messages, Notes, and Safari, MMS and tethering for carriers that support these features (AT&T late summer for MMS, tethering TBD), and dozens of other improvements. The update is free for iPhone, and $9.95 for iPod touch. Just plug your device into iTunes and you will be prompted to upgrade. If you’re upgrading a second generation iPod touch, iPhone OS 3.0 will activate the Bluetooth chip that has been dormant since last September.

The new iPhone 3GS includes a faster processor, longer battery life, video support, an improved camera (3-megapixel), voice control, a digital compass, and conveniently in the same form factor as the iPhone 3G so that you won’t have to buy a new case. Models will be available at $199 (16GB) and $299 (32GB) if you qualify for the discounted hardware upgrade pricing. AT&T announced on Wednesday that the hardware discount will be extended to iPhone 3G buyers from last July, August, and September. If you stood in line for an iPhone 3G last summer, you won’t have to wait a full year to buy the iPhone 3GS at the lower price.

In addition to the iPhone OS 3.0 Software Update and the new iPhone 3GS, there is a third and equally exciting aspect to this week – the rollout of the next wave of iPhone apps, based on the new iPhone SDK provided to developers in March for iPhone OS 3.0. This SDK provides iPhone developers with some major new features for use in apps including Push Notification Service (PNS), in app purchasing, peer to peer connectivity over Bluetooth, in app maps, turn by turn navigation, accessories support, iPod library access, audio recording, streaming video, in app email, support for cut, copy, & paste, undo, and much more.

If you have an iPhone OS 3.0 upgraded device and you’re interested in trying out this next wave of iPhone apps, I have included a representative list of iPhone OS 3.0 apps below. If you know of any others, please post them as comments with associated links. I expect the list will grow rapidly over the next few weeks. NOTE: All of the app links below will launch iTunes, or if you’re viewing this blog entry from your iPhone OS device, the links will launch the App Store app.

iPhone OS 3.0 Applications:

If anyone knows of any accessories-based iPhone 3.0 apps that have already launched on the App Store, please leave a comment. This was the one major iPhone SDK 3.0 addition I could not find on the App Store.

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