Apple 2009 WWDC: Details on iPhone OS 3.0 and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Article by George Norman
On 09 Jun 2009
At the Moscone Center in San Francisco, US of A, Apple’s 2009 World Wide Developers Convention (WWDC) kicked into high gear yesterday, the 8th of June, and although the convention will last until the 12th of June, we already have the lowdown on what I believe to be two of the most anticipated pieces of software to be released by the Cupertino-based company: the iPhone OS 3.0 and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. We will take a closer look momentarily, but here is something to get your mouth watering: the iPhone OS 3.0 will be released next week, on the 17th of June.

When Apple will roll out the iPhone OS 3.0 next week you will be able to get the updated operating system for free, assuming of course you already own an iPhone. If you are an iPod Touch user and would like to get the 3.0 OS you will have to part with $9.95. The wait (which is really not that long if you thing about it) is worth it if you just take a look at some iPhone OS 3.0 highlights:


- The number of new features reached and exceeded the 100 mark.
- The option to cut, copy and paste.
- Landscape mode for email, messages and notes.
- MMS and tethering capability (not supported by AT&T for the time being).
- Enhanced Spotlight search that encompasses your apps as well as your phone data.
- Faster JavaScript.
- P2P and 3rd party accessories support.
- Push Notification.

Two days after the release of the iPhone OS 3.0, Apple will roll out the new iPhone 3G S which comes with the following: 3 megapixel camera with autofocus, 30 FPS video recording, YouTube upload support, Voice Control for making calls and controlling playlists, digital compass, better performance thanks to the faster processor and 256MN of RAM, Nike+, improved battery life. The complete iPhone 3G S specs are available here and the guided tour is available here.

Moving on to the Mac OS X, Apple said that it will release the Snow Leopard this September and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard users will only have to pay $29 for the upgrade while Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger users will have to pay $169.

The highlights of the Snow Leopard operating system are:
- Enhanced responsiveness and improved reliability.
- Support for Microsoft Exchange 2007.
- A more responsive Finder, faster Mail load times (85% faster according to Apple) and speedier searches (90% speedier, according to Apple, of course).
- 50% faster initial backup for Time Machine.
- Expose integration in Dock.
- Safari 4, the 64-bit processor version, comes with an estimated 50% Nitro JavaScript performance boost and is reportedly better suited to handle plug-in crashes.
- 64-bit computing for nearly every system app.
- QuickTime X will come bundled with the OS.
- Support for all Intel Macs.

Last but not least, if you would like to watch the WWDC 2009 keynote speech, Apple has posted it online – watch here.

Tags: Apple, WWDC, Worldwide Developers Conference, Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6, iPhone OS 3.0
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