updated 02:30 pm EDT, Thu March 12, 2009
iPhone OS rumors
The upcoming iPhone operating system, version 3.0, could add several long-awaited features such as MMS messaging support and tethering, unnamed sources have told the Boy Genius Report. Although the multimedia message format is relatively commonplace, enabling video and image transfers between phones, Apple so far has excluded the technology from its handset and forced users to download third-party apps as a work-around.
The tethering function allegedly will work via Bluetooth, pairing the phone with a USB device attached to a computer. The service would allow the iPhone to serve as the primary Internet device for a notebook or even desktop system. Previous rumors suggested AT&T will offer a new contract for the function, potentially charging subscribers for tethered data usage despite the unlimited on-device browsing.
Apple has scheduled a special event for March 17th that will preview the iPhone 3.0 firmware. Separate reports suggest the update could offer true background processes, instead of push notification, or vector-based GPS positioning. Both functions had been included in early betas of iPhone 2.1, but excluded from the subsequent public release.