iPhone OS 3.0 Gallery and New Podcast Features

By Greg Kumparak, Mobilecrunch

The more our guys play with the the new iPhone OS 3.0 firmware, the more little gems they’re finding. Tucked away within the Podcast playback screen are a few subtle changes that went unmentioned during today’s announcement. Apple did say there were some 100 new features in the new OS, so it’ll probably be awhile before we see them all.iphone

New Podcast Features:

•The Repeat and Shuffle buttons are gone (probably because they’re rarely used with podcasts, as they tend to be much longer than songs).
•The top left of the screen now features a mail icon, which currently just crashes the app. We’d assume this lets you send someone the iTunes link.
•In the center, directly below the scrubber, is a button that allows you to instantly rewind by 30 seconds.
•On the right is a Speed modifier, allowing you to playback podcasts at double or half their normal rate
•Variable speed scrubbing: We’re not sure if Apple has a name for this yet, but we like “Super Scrubbing”. Scrubbing is a fancy term for jumping to the right spot by grabbing the little marker in the timeline and dragging it around. Scrubbing to the perfect spot in a really long audio file is tough – but they’ve made it a whole lot easier. If you hold the marker dead-on, you scrub as normal. If you continue to hold but slide your finger up above the marker, the iPhone goes into “High Speed” scrubbing mode, lowering precision and moving the marker further relative to your finger. If you instead slide below the marker, it enters Half Speed scrubbing mode, which increases precision and allows you to jump around in smaller increments. Continue sliding downward and it enters Quarter speed – you can guess what that one does.

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2G iPod touch to have Bluetooth capability unlocked by iPhone OS 3.0

By Nilay Patel, Engadget

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Looks like that Bluetooth chip in the iPod touch 2G we’ve always thought was for Nike+ suddenly got a lot more useful: Apple’s Greg Joswiak said that Bluetooth can be “unlocked” on the device during the iPhone OS 3.0 Q&A session. That’s two years of rumors put to rest, right there, and a solid move, seeing as three of the major 3.0 features are A2DP, wireless accessory control and peer-to-peer connections over Bluetooth. Any touch owners feeling more inclined to drop the $9.95 now?

iPhone OS 3.0 hands-on!

By Nilay Patel, Engadget

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We’re not saying how, but we got hooked up with the beta of iPhone OS 3.0. Overall, things feel about the same until you flick left that extra time and hit the Spotlight screen, which works just as advertised. It’s definitely a beta, though: it’s laggy all around and some things don’t work, like taking a photo directly in the MMS app. We took some quick snaps, check ’em out below and let us know what you want to see in the video!

iPhone OS 3.0 preview event is Tuesday, and we’ll be there live!

By Joshua Topolsky, Engadget

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If you’re on the edge of your seat about the upcoming iPhone OS 3.0 event, have no fear — we’ll be there live and direct from Apple HQ bringing you the minute-by-minute news as it happens. Just tune in right here come Tuesday, March 17th, and experience the best liveblog on the internets. What do you guys expect to see? Copy and paste (so sad we even have to ask)? MMS (also sad)? Holographic Woz (not sad at all)?

As a reminder, here’s when the whole shindig is set to start:

07:00AM – Hawaii
10:00AM – Pacific
11:00AM – Mountain
12:00PM – Central
01:00PM – Eastern
05:00PM – London
06:00PM – Paris
02:00AM – Tokyo (March 18th)