Apple Unveils New Gizmos for iPhone
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 17, 2009 7:44 PM CDT
In this 2008 file photo, an Apple customer uses an Apple iPhone at an Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – Apple is updating its software for iPhones so that users can cut, copy, and paste text—a basic computing feature missing from the gadget. The company—which unveiled 100 new features that will be available in the summer—also pledged to change the way third-party software programmers can build and sell content. Developers now will be able to create applications that have items for sale within them—it may cost more to play an additional level of a game, for instance.

Developers also will be able to access the music within users' iPhone libraries, so songs they own can be included in games, for example. Apple also promises a search function called "Spotlight" that lets people hunt for information in multiple applications at once, including notes and iTunes. Other twists include the shake-to-shuffle-songs capability introduced on the latest iPod Nano; a voice memo application; and a function to allow the iPhone work with Bluetooth headphones and speakers.