iPhone 2.0 release slated for early July

By Brian Chen, Macworld.com |  Mobile & Wireless

Apple will delay the release of the iPhone 2.0 software until early July. But
when the firmware does ship, it will offer plenty of new features for iPhone
and iPod touch users.

Apple announced the new release date for the iPhone 2.0 update as part of a
demonstration of the software during Steve
Jobs' Worldwide Developers Conference keynote presentation
on Monday. Originally,
Apple had expected to release iPhone 2.0 in late June.

When it does ship, the software will introduce a host of new features. The
iPhone will add a contact search that allows users to enter a name and instantly
find who they're looking for. Full iWork document support lets users view Pages,
Numbers, and Keynote documents. Apple also will offer full support for Microsoft
Office documents, including PowerPoint presentations.

iPhone 2.0 adds much sought-after bulk delete and move capabilities to its
Mail application. Mail users will be able to save images from e-mails into their
Photo Library.

Apple will also add parental control features, allowing parents to turn off
explicit content, YouTube, iTunes Store, and the forthcoming App
Store
.

As announced when Apple first unveiled its iPhone 2.0 plans in March, the software
update is free for iPhone users. iPod touch users can update to the firmware
for $9.99.

In addition to outlining iPhone 2.0 features, Apple executives also profiled
the iPhone
software development kit
that allows developers to build native apps for
the phone. In a 33-minute demonstration during Monday's keynote, a steady stream
of developers showed off the games and apps that will be available via the App
Store later this summer. Companies demonstrating their wares included Sega,
Loopt, Pangea Software, TypePad, Cow Music, and Modality.

"We think we have a fantastic platform here for people to build incredible
applications," said Scott Forstall, Apple senior vice president of iPhone
software.

Jobs also spoke about the enterprise features in the iPhone 2.0 update, highlighting
many of the capabilities
first showcased at his March demo
. New enterprise features will include
push e-mail, push contacts, push calendars auto-discovery of Microsoft Exchange
servers.

As this article went to press, the keynote was continuing. We'll have more
information on iPhone 2.0 as it becomes available.

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