Lat­est iPhone apps bring new fea­tures — and costs

Search, cut and paste func­tions in nex­twave

USA TODAY US Edition - - Front Page - By Jef­fer­son Gra­ham USA TO­DAY

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.

By Justin Sul­li­van, Getty Im­ages

Watch this: Oke Okaro of ESPN demon­strates a video fea­ture for the iPhone at Ap­ple head­quar­ters.

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