Five Small Changes in iPhone OS 3.0 That Rule

There’s been a ton of talk about the big new features that everyone loves in the latest version of the iPhone‘s operating system. Copy & paste, landscape keyboard, MMS (Still waiting on you, AT&T!), and of course better speed come readily to mind. What hasn’t been discussed as much, however, is the small stuff that might not be headline worthy, but is still great to have. In case you’ve missed them, I’ve put together a list of my five favorite of the smaller features.

  • Keyboard Updates
    No, I’m not talking about landscape keyboard. Click and “hold” (don’t remove your finger) on certain keys, and you now get new options. It’s much easier to show than it is to explain, so here are two of the new options:

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  • Undo Typing
    You typed something you didn’t mean to type. It happens. Instead of holding down that delete key, just give your phone a shake and it’ll pull up a nice little box asking if you want to undo the text.

  • Linked Phone Numbers
    You’ve probably noticed that if you get a text message, email, or visit a website that has a phone number on it, it looks like a web link. Click on it, and it will automatically call that person. So how could Apple improve on this? Click and hold the phone number and you’ll see. Now you’ve got the option to call the number as before, but also to send a text message to that number, create a new contact card for the number, or add it to a previously existing contact.

    However much I resist the urge, I still somehow let the letters “lol” be typed on my keyboard. No matter how many times I tried to get it to learn, the prior iPhone OS’s auto-correction demanded that the letters be in all caps. I don’t know about everyone else out there, but rarely if ever do I type the letters “lol” and simultaneously actually laugh out loud. As such, the appropriate way to type it would be lower case. There’s no need to shout it, when it really means something more along the lines of “hey, that’s kinda funny”. One of the first things I noticed when typing text messages is that Apple finally realized this and it now defaults to it’s lower case form.

  • Closing Apps While They Open
    Previously if you clicked an app to open it, even if accidentally, you had to wait until it fully loaded until you could then quit it. Especially with some games, this took a bit. Now all you have to do is press the home button and it immediately closes it. There’s not really a way to post a screen shot of it, so just try it out and see for yourself.

I hope you learned a little something new about your phone with my list. Got something else you love that I missed? Feel free to share it in the comments.

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