Latest iPhone apps bring new features — and costs
Search, cut and paste functions in nextwave
CUPERTINO, Calif.— Those iPhone applications in your collection might soon cost you more to use if you tap into an array of new features coming your way. Apple on Tuesday gave a sneak peek of 100 forth
coming software updates for the Technology
iPhone, including a feature that lets software developers build in additional charges within an application.
Currently, consumers buy software at the iTunes App Store for a fixed, flat rate.
But beginning this summer, when Apple releases a new version of software for the iPhone and iPod Touch, developers can bring in extra revenue with sales of extra levels of game play; magazine, newspaper and e-book subscriptions; even music purchases that can be playedwithin the game.
“There are other business models developers want to support, and we’ve been listening,” said Scott Forstall, Apple senior vice president. Other new features coming to the iPhone: uCut and paste. Blocks of text can be copied from an e-mail or document, such as on a computer, and pasted elsewhere, something iPhone users have been requesting for some time.
uSpoken word. Record memos or do interviews on the iPhone, and save themas audio files.
uSearch. The Spotlight search tool, a feature of Apple computers, will let users search within the phone. When the software is released, it will be free for iPhone users and $9.95 for iPod Touch users.
uPeer to peer. The iPhone can search to find other people in a nearby area playing similar games, and give you the ability to invite them to compete. Beyond gaming, Ge Wang, a Stanford University professor, showed howthe iPhone could be used as a musical instrument — and how two people could stage a duet on thephone.
The iPhone has been a smash hit for Apple, which has sold some 17 million since the device was introduced in 2007.
The App Store, which opened in July with about 3,000 applications, now has 25,000. Total app downloads are more than 800,000, according to Apple.
“This (in-app sales) is the upgrade Apple needed to do to get people even more interested in the iPhone,” says analyst TimBajarin of Creative Strategies.
Gartner analyst Baker predicts that Apple will have a new iPhone model this summer to go with the newsoftware. Apple wouldn’t confirm.
“If there are at least a fewsigns of some optimism economically, then they’re in a good position for a good summer and fall,” Baker says.
Watch this: Oke Okaro of ESPN demonstrates a video feature for the iPhone at Apple headquarters.