Apple did say yesterday that there were over 100 new features packed into the iPhone 3.0 OS. Then they left us hanging after demonstrating just a handful of new features. But, we’d prefer it that way. There’s nothing like a long presentation filled with application demonstrations to lull us to sleep. So, as they do with their desktop-class operating systems, Apple showed off iPhone OS 3.0’s headlining features (like Cut/Paste and Stereo Bluetooth), saving the lesser details for the Apple-loving masses to find out for themselves. Details like the tweaked Podcast interface.
Apple only recently enabled Podcast downloads on the iPhone with the release of iPhone 2.2 OS, and this time around, Podcasts are getting even more attention. MobileCrunch has uncovered some previously unannounced Podcast features that are expected to go live with iPhone OS 3.0:
- No more Podcast Shuffle or Repeat in iPhone 3.0 OS
- Mail icon allows you to email podcasts’ iTunes links
- 30-second rewind button
- Playback-speed control
- Variable playback search (“scrubbing”) – place finger on playback slider and move to search for a particular section of the podcast. Moving your finger above or below the slider causes playback search to speed up or speed down.
We’re sure the iPhone 3.0 OS is packed with little unmentioned tid-bits like this. We’ll keep our ears to the ground for more developments, you keep your eyes glued on IntoMobile, ‘kay?