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Developer sources familiarizing themselves with betas of Apple's iPhone 3.0 software have uncovered a handful of additional tweaks and improvements to the system in recent weeks, including changes to Safari's window handling, new battery status indicators and notification preferences, as well as the advent of data detectors in certain apps.

Safari

With the release of iPhone 3.0, Safari will let you close out and clear all your open browser windows without having to first create a new blank page to get rid of the contents of the last active window.

For example, you can have eight open Safari windows in the existing version of the iPhone software, seven of which you can close rapidly by using the red "x" icons in the upper left-hand corners of the pages. However, there's no "x" icon to close out the last page standing. Therefore, the only way to get rid of the contents on this last remaining page is to first create a "New Page," then cycle back to the page and close it out.

With iPhone 3.0, Apple has enabled the option to close out the lone remaining page. Once the "x" icon is triggered, the page disappears and a new blank page quickly slides into view. This process is reportedly difficult to capture in a screenshot, though an example illustrating part of the process can be seen below.



Battery indicators

Meanwhile, it appears that iPhone 3.0 will also introduce an option of showing you how much battery life you have left on your iPhone or iPod touch in a numerical percentage.

Resource files contained within the new version of the device's Springboard application include 22 new PNG files to facilitate this option. Half are numerical characters (and a "%" sign) in black typeface for representing healthy battery level percentages while the other half are in red typeface for when battery life falls bellow a certain threshold.



It appears, though it's not confirmed, that users will have the option of selecting how their battery status indicator appears in the menubar -- such as an icon-only view (per current versions of the software), an icon + numerical view, or a numerical-view only. This would be similar to fast user switching menu option for Mac OS X that lets you display the accounts by "Name," "Short Name," or "Icon."

Push Notification preferences

Also visible in the latest betas of iPhone 3.0 software is a new Push Notifications preference pane that will allow you to enable or disable any of the three types of notifications that third party applications can push to your handset: Sounds, Alerts and Badges. Alternatively, notifications can be disabled as a whole. This should provide users with tighter control of their battery usage.



Data Detectors

Finally, it's also noted that Apple is enabling Data Detectors in a variety of new applications. Data Detectors automatically detect text fragments like email addresses, phone numbers, and street addresses, so you can execute actions on those fragments via touch selections -- like dialing a phone number automatically by clicking on it or adding it to your address book.



The example above shows Data Detectors in action in the new Notes application. The detectors are only visible and executable when viewing a note, not while editing one.

Variable scrubber speeds

Update: These shots just came in, showing the ability to change scrubbing speeds in the iPod application.



"You press and hold on the little dot to scrub and slide your finger down the screen to get finer scrubbing speeds," a person familiar with the software said. "There are four options: Hi-Speed Scrubbing (normal slide position), Half Speed Scrubbing, Quarter Speed Scrubbing and Fine Scrubbing (furthest down the screen)."
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Safari

With the release of iPhone 3.0, Safari will let you close out and clear all your open browser windows without having to first create a new blank page to get rid of the contents of the last active window.

When is Safari 4.0 gonna come on iPhone?

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Battery indicators
Meanwhile, it appears that iPhone 3.0 will also introduce an option of showing you how much battery life you have left on your iPhone or iPod touch in a numerical percentage.
Resource files contained within the new version of the device's Springboard application include 22 new PNG files to facilitate this option. Half are numerical characters (and a "%" sign) in black typeface for representing healthy battery level percentages while the other half are in red typeface for when battery life falls bellow a certain threshold.
It appears, though its not confirmed, that users will have the option of selecting how their battery status indicator appears in the menubar -- such as an icon-only view (per current versions of the software), an icon + numerical view, or a numerical-view only. This would be similar to fast user switching menu option for Mac OS X that lets you display the accounts by "Name," "Short Name," or "Icon."

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Data Detectors

Finally, it's also note that Apple is enabling Data Detectors in a variety of new applications. Data Detectors automatically detect text fragments like email addresses, phone numbers, and street addresses, so you can execute actions on those fragments via touch selections -- like dialing a phone number automatically by clicking on it or adding it to your address book.

That's sometimes annoying all those phone numbers and addresses popping up under fingers.

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Awesome!! I'm stoked on the Data Detectors. this is the kind of stuff that makes the iPhone so easy to use! Keep it up
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Fantastic- I hope there is also an indicator when charging that states when the device is full charged.
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Seriously; the current iPhone may be the best one out there but it needs speed and or fluidity improvements more than anything else except possibly better battery life. It is likely the only way we will get such is via new hardware. So dwell all you want on minor features, I want to hear about code for suspected new hardware.

Ok I'd like to also hear about improvements to Safari and other apps. Mainly because of this fear that the upgraded hardware coming later this year won't be the big improvement we are all hoping for. That is the hardware won't be compelling in an economic downturn. Especially after the non iMac upgrade earlier this year which makes one wonder if Apple intends to good through the recession.


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At-last we have some REAL news...
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Why is it that people are so quick to criticize a company that literally revolutionized the mobile phone industry? Ease up, fellas.

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Fantastic- I hope there is also an indicator when charging that states when the device is full charged.

In any case, the iPhone DOES have an indicator to tell you the battery is fully charged. It's that huge battery on the screen that fills up with green when it's full.... that thing. And if you don't like that, the battery icon in the top right corner changes to a plug instead of lightening bolt when it's fully charged.... so... not really sure what you mean.
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Data Detectors.

I'm really hoping that Data Detectors also covers the "Location" field in Calendar. Seriously, when you type in a location, you should be able to tap on it and launch Google Maps. Lemme reiterate. A location entered in Calendar should link with Google Maps. Integration, its a lovely thing.
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When is Safari 4.0 gonna come on iPhone?

...

You do understand that Safari 4.0 is not a release product on any platform?
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I also hope the data detectors work in the calendar for phone numbers. I have conference calls I need to be on through out the week and having those become links to just touch would be amazing. I am very excited about all the updates Apple is putting into iPhone OS 3.0 and look forward to the launch date.
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... So dwell all you want on minor features, I want to hear about code for suspected new hardware...
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I have very little doubt that the next version of iPhone hardware will be a major upgrade. New core processor, more RAM, more storage. The last hardware upgrade hide minor improvements, mostly adding 3G and GPS chips.

I'm still on iPhone 1st gen. When iPhone 3G came out I was still living where there was no 3G coverage. I moved to Chicago but didn't upgrade as it seemed obvious that new hardware would come in June-ish of this year, and my contract is over/up for renewal around the same time. But I have to admit, it's been torture not having 3G speeds while living in Chicago. Not having GPS isn't horrible as the triangulation works well enough, but I'll be stoked to finally have faster data and more storage (my library is just over 75GB now).

Enough about me. :-) I'm still waiting to find out what features Apple hasn't yet included in the beta versions. They've got to know that everyone will be mining the betas looking for clues as to new features, so they've got to be holding something(s) back so they can have a little WOW! when they do the release (other than Steve himself doing the presentation). This is fun!
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Fantastic- I hope there is also an indicator when charging that states when the device is full charged.

Along these lines, is there any hope of getting the iPhone to make some sort of audible and vibrational notification of when the battery is low? I'm on call often and not realizing that my phone has turned it self off due to low battery is a real pain in the ass.
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Fantastic- I hope there is also an indicator when charging that states when the device is full charged.

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In any case, the iPhone DOES have an indicator to tell you the battery is fully charged. It's that huge battery on the screen that fills up with green when it's full.... that thing. And if you don't like that, the battery icon in the top right corner changes to a plug instead of lightening bolt when it's fully charged.... so... not really sure what you mean.

When it is full it has the plug-in icon over the battery icon, the small one on the menu bar.
Also if you go under "Settings" then "General" then "Usage", it will tell you charge info and other info
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You do understand that Safari 4.0 is not a release product on any platform?

Do I. But I like so much the coverflow of bookmarks...

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Of those, I'm most interested in the data detectors. I've often wondered at why that was not always there....
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It appears, though it's not confirmed, that users will have the option of selecting how their battery status indicator appears in the menubar -- such as an icon-only view (per current versions of the software), an icon + numerical view, or a numerical-view only. This would be similar to fast user switching menu option for Mac OS X that lets you display the accounts by "Name," "Short Name," or "Icon."

Considering it is a battery indicator it is far more similar to the battery menu in Mac OS X that lets you display the charge by "Icon only," "Time," or "Percentage."
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It appears, though it's not confirmed, that users will have the option of selecting how their battery status indicator appears in the menubar -- such as an icon-only view (per current versions of the software), an icon + numerical view, or a numerical-view only. This would be similar to fast user switching menu option for Mac OS X that lets you display the accounts by "Name," "Short Name," or "Icon."





Apple seems to stop making choices on behalf of Users!!
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Why is it that people are so quick to criticize a company that literally revolutionized the mobile phone industry? Ease up, fellas.



In any case, the iPhone DOES have an indicator to tell you the battery is fully charged. It's that huge battery on the screen that fills up with green when it's full.... that thing. And if you don't like that, the battery icon in the top right corner changes to a plug instead of lightening bolt when it's fully charged.... so... not really sure what you mean.

Ease up- that was not a criticism at all.
It's just a preference I have for knowing when to unplug the charger. There would be no question whether or not it was fully charged- words in this case do make it more definitive to me- that's all. I simply prefer to not risk a chance of possibly wrecking the battery by leaving the charger connected too long.
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Of those, I'm most interested in the data detectors. I've often wondered at why that was not always there....

I was kinda floored by that one too.Oh well, better late than never.
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The change in Safari happened back at Beta 2.
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When it is full it has the plug-in icon over the battery icon, the small one on the menu bar.
Also if you go under "Settings" then "General" then "Usage", it will tell you charge info and other info

Ok then it must be different for an iPod Touch. I've never seen the plug-in icon nor the "Usage" in the settings.
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Ok then it must be different for an iPod Touch. I've never seen the plug-in icon nor the "Usage" in the settings.

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iPhone is great and with 3.0 they will add many good and basic stuff. But still a couple of things:

I may be lost somewhere - but mail to a group in my contact list? Would be nice! Also Mail filters.

The calendar - hey - let's make it have the possibilities to connect and invite contacts to meetings as well as returning invitations.

After that - let's be able to see what meetings a certain contact is connected to (which goes for Leopard to by the way!!!)

Also in my 3.0 beta I can't find the Notifications-settings.

But I guess it's like with learning - the more you know the more you understand what you don't know. It's easy to see the missing function on a product like the iPhone - because it has so much but not everything and there is so many possibilities!
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Its there Buddy!!

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Ok then it must be different for an iPod Touch. I've never seen the plug-in icon nor the "Usage" in the settings.




I don't know? I don't have a Touch, just iPhone.
That would be cool if it had a percent charged on the home when hooked up, maybe a, time till 100%,
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I also hope the data detectors work in the calendar for phone numbers. I have conference calls I need to be on through out the week and having those become links to just touch would be amazing. I am very excited about all the updates Apple is putting into iPhone OS 3.0 and look forward to the launch date.

I can confirm that phone numbers in calendar entries are clickonable, and pop up the 'Call' dialog window. I created an appointment in Outlook for an Exchange account that I have the phone set to connect to, and it came through nicely.
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Its there Buddy!!

Where is "Usage" in the settings?
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The calendar is one of those things that feels clunky to me. It is way better than my old phone, dont get me wrong, it just takes a lot of work to use. Most things I have ideas for an improvement. But in this case I am not sure how one could make it easier to use.
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Where is "Usage" in the settings?


Go to "Settings" then to "General" then to "Usage"
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Where is "Usage" in the settings?

Settings>>General>Usage..
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Seriously; the current iPhone may be the best one out there but it needs speed and or fluidity improvements more than anything else except possibly better battery life. It is likely the only way we will get such is via new hardware. So dwell all you want on minor features, I want to hear about code for suspected new hardware.

We can't hear about them until someone finds it and reports it. These stories are reporting on what have been found. It's a pretty big system, iPhone OS 2 is about a quarter of a gigabyte, that's a lot to dig through.

I don't know how much code designed for new hardware can be triggered on existing hardware. They did find audio and video trimming tools. They may well be holding back certain modules or apps that would tip their hand if it was put into the beta.
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Settings>>General>Usage..

I swear I do not have "usage" in settings on my iPod Touch.
I have:
About
Wallpaper
Sounds
Network
locations svcs
Auto-lock
passcode lock
restrictions
Date & Time
Keyboard
International
Reset

Where is "Usage"?
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I swear I do not have "usage" in settings on my iPod Touch.
I have:
About
Wallpaper
Sounds
Network
locations svcs
Auto-lock
passcode lock
restrictions
Date & Time
Keyboard
International
Reset

Where is "Usage"?

Try under "About" since it is not a phone it may have a slight location modification?

It should say,

"Time since last full charge"

Usage 1 hour, 12 Minutes
Standby 2 Hours, 55 Minutes

"Call Time"

XXXXX
XXXXX

"Cellular Network Date"

XXXXX
XXXXX
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Seriously; the current iPhone may be the best one out there but it needs speed and or fluidity improvements more than anything else except possibly better battery life. It is likely the only way we will get such is via new hardware. So dwell all you want on minor features, I want to hear about code for suspected new hardware.

Ok I'd like to also hear about improvements to Safari and other apps. Mainly because of this fear that the upgraded hardware coming later this year won't be the big improvement we are all hoping for. That is the hardware won't be compelling in an economic downturn. Especially after the non iMac upgrade earlier this year which makes one wonder if Apple intends to good through the recession. ...

I'm also more interested in the hardware myself, but I suspect it's just because we haven't heard so much about it as we have the software.

Interestingly, there are "leaks" about on the net these last few days about the new Zune hardware which would put the current iPhone to shame in a couple of categories, but the first thing one thinks of when reading them is that even though the hardware sounds good, it will still be running Windows Mobile and will still probably suck big time as a result. It just proves that the software really *is* the main driver of these kinds of devices regardless of how juicy the next iPhone hardware revision might end up being.

As for Safari, I am hoping for a complete revision of the UI although nothing so far indicates Apple is thinking of that.

I do find it ironic that Apple was willing to get so radical with the Safari 4.0 beta for the desktop just to reduce the excess pixel space, but not much has been done much in that regard for mobile Safari which arguably needs it more. They recently combined the Google bar with the address bar to save a bit of space, but the whole arrangement still takes up way too much space and there is no full-screen view either. The information in the address/search/title bar at the top of the screen takes up aproximately 13/100ths of an inch, but the space used to display it is just over 30/100ths. If you further assume that having the page title hanging at the top of the screen 24/7 is a waste of space, then the ratio is precisely 3 to 1 which is a bit ridiculous.

Additionally, since the entire Palm WebOS is basically a copy of the way in which mobile Safari handles web pages, I'd like to see Apple make Safari more of a centrepiece app in the same way and handle the transitions in a similar fashion. Knowing more explicitly what "cards" (webpages) you have open and easily switching between them (without having to re-load each time) would go a long way towards making mobile Safari less painful and perhaps even useful.

At the moment, I find that I use iPhone apps like Google, Wikipanion etc. almost exclusively, just so as to avoid having to open the browser unless I absolutely have to. It's slow, and it's very difficult to tell what is actually happening when you are using it. Are you loading the page you originally clicked on? Or is it now loading some link that you inadvertently touched while trying to zoom in on a page while it slowly, slowly loads? Who knows? I sure don't half the time.

Having used a lot of Palms in my life I would never buy one again, but the way in which the Palm pre handles the web looks to be a far superior experience IMO to mobile Safari. The pre should be considered a serious competitor to the coming "3.0" version of the iPhone and if Apple doesn't get out in front of it they will look pretty foolish. I expect the new iPhone to be a lot faster than the pre, but speed doesn't cover off the (apparently) increased usability of pre's Web browser and the deep integration it has in the OS (it basically *is* the OS).
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Try under "About" since it is not a phone it may have a slight location modification?

It should say,

"Time since last full charge"

Usage 1 hour, 12 Minutes
Standby 2 Hours, 55 Minutes

"Call Time"

XXXXX
XXXXX

"Cellular Network Date"

XXXXX
XXXXX


Not at all-it must not be a feature on the Touch and that's why I asked for it. Maybe that too will change with 3.0.
About on the Touch shows:

Songs
Videos
Photos
Capacity
Available
Version
Serial Number
Model
WiFI Adress
Legal
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I also hope the data detectors work in the calendar for phone numbers. I have conference calls I need to be on through out the week and having those become links to just touch would be amazing. I am very excited about all the updates Apple is putting into iPhone OS 3.0 and look forward to the launch date.

In complete agreement. I will often put an address as 'Location' in an iCal appointment and it would be great if by tapping on that would bring up the Maps.app - can't be that hard. I have already submitted this feature request via Apple feedback pages, I suggest you do the same.

I would also like Data Detectors very much in Safari (both mobile and desktop) as often there are details on a web page that I would like to set as an appointment or quickly view the date in iCal, or add someone's details to address book.

This functionality feels close now that the above is mentioned, I just hope they follow through with it.
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I can confirm that phone numbers in calendar entries are clickonable, and pop up the 'Call' dialog window. I created an appointment in Outlook for an Exchange account that I have the phone set to connect to, and it came through nicely.

Thank you for confirming this. Are you able to see if you can click on an address in the 'Location' field to bring up the Maps.app? Thanks!

Also - any idea if the Data Detectors appear in Safari at all?
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Not at all-it must not be a feature on the Touch and that's why I asked for it. Maybe that too will change with 3.0.
About on the Touch shows:

Songs
Videos
Photos
Capacity
Available
Version
Serial Number
Model
WiFI Adress
Legal


I don't know. Does your Touch when plugged in show the charging icon in the top right hand corner? That changes to a plug like a laptop does when fully charged?


Maybe they will do a color coded charge set up, red yellow green when fully charged?
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Just letting you guys know, the new Data Detectors is an API. Apple has allowed developers to activate some or all data detectors on text fields etc.

I'd expect Data Detectors therefore to become quite system wide.
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I don't know. Does your Touch when plugged in show the charging icon in the top right hand corner? That changes to a plug like a laptop does when fully charged?


Maybe they will do a color coded charge set up, red yellow green when fully charged?

No plug- it just shows a tiny white battery icon on the top right who's white color inside eventually dissipates depending on the charge.
Again that's why 3.0's indicators will be very helpful for the Touch.
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No plug- it just shows a tiny white battery icon on the top right who's white color eventually dissipates depending on the charge. Again that why 3.0's indicators will be very helpful.


Sorry man, don't know what to tell you.

Does anyone else here have a Touch?
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