Features brought by the new OS include:
- Peer-to-peer gaming support
- Third-party game accessory support
- Push notification
- Internet tethering
- Stereo Bluetooth audio
- MMS messaging
- Cut, copy & paste
- Spotlight search
- Landscape keyboard in Mail, Messages, Notes and Safari
And while this upgrade is a major overhaul of the iPhone’s operating system full of new features and general enhancements, it adds rather significantly to the capabilities of the iPhone and iPod touch as a game platform.
Improved peer-to-peer capabilities along with push notification extend the social aspect of iPhone gaming and will better integrate the game experience into our daily routine. The support for third-party gaming accessories (think control pads, joysticks, maybe even electronic maracas…) will add depth to supporting titles by giving the platform even more input choices. And in-game micro-transactions will extend the long-term playability of titles (BAM! A whole new galaxy in my pocket!!).
iPhone OS 3.0 is supported by all current iPhone platform devices and comes standard on the new iPhone 3GS, which launches Friday, June 19th.