CUPERTINO - The good news is that iPhone 3.0 software update will include "CUT, COPY and PASTE" along with MMS. The bad news is that iPhone 3.0 will not be released to the public until this summer, most likely in tandem with the June launch of Apple's next-generation iPhone.
First-gen iPhone users will not gain the benefit of the MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) feature because of a physical issue according to Apple. While the update is free for all iPhone users, the red headed iPod touch step-children will have to pay $9.95 for this major software upgrade. News that's certain to be a major buzz kill for many.
Cut, Copy and Paste though severely late to the iPhone is a welcomed addition that sounds robust in it's functionality. Here's how it will work; Select text by double tapping onto desired words, a “CUT, COPY, PASTE” bubble automatically appears over your current selection. Follow the same double tap path to bring up a paste bubble later to the selection where you want to paste the text.
You can easily select an entire block of text to cut and paste, it works across multiple apps, it has 'undo' support, developer APIs and can also be used to copy and paste web content. If you didn’t mean to paste something, simply shake your phone in order to Undo (or Redo) your paste. Another nice feature is the ability to copy and paste photos. Select multiple photos by tapping the action button, copy them, and then paste them into an email.
While the addition of Cut, Copy and Paste is only one part of the brilliant upgrades coming in iPhone 3.0 software, the idea of waiting another three to four months is agitating at best.
Josh Quittner, from Time asked Apple; "Why did it take so long so get Cut and Paste into the iPhone?" Apple quickly cited security issues and a user interface that needed to be designed first as reasons for what has become a frustrating delay.
“There’s a lot of pieces you need to worry about instead of getting something that doesn’t work right.” An Apple rep said from the preview event stage during Q&A.
The addition of MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) was also a part of Apple's big preview news. They’re adding iPhone MMS support that will allow users to send and receive Photos over the network including Contacts (VCards), Audio files or even your location. Record voice memos to yourself, lectures, interviews using the built in microphone or an external microphone then trim it using the iPhone itself. Send it onward via email or MMS. This feature set sounds incredibly exciting, opening up endless instant communication possibilities for casual users, newsies and bloggers.