Feeds

Apple to charge iPod Touch owners for new OS - again

Can you spare $10 for a cup of Cocoa?

Mobile application security vulnerability report

WWDC Apple will release version 2.0 of the iPhone operating system in early July, CEO Steve Jobs has revealed. Existing iPhone owners will get it for free - iPod Touch owners, however, will have to cough up $10.

iPhone 2.0 offers the ability to view and edit iWork documents - files from Apple's own Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps. More users, we suspect, will make use of the upcoming OS' ability to handle Office documents.

In addition, the new system software will revamp the IPhone calculator, adding a scientific mode that's activated by turning the device on its side. Pictures found on the web or sent by email can be saved - though the new iPhone OS' parental controls will ensure junior's not downloading images his folks would rathe he didn't see.

Messages can be moved into folders and deleted in groups. Contacts can - at last - be searched.

Jobs also heralded "fantastic" support for Asian languages, now with character recognition.

You can add the new AppStore to the list, and support for MobileMe, Apple's revamped .Mac online service now extended to the iPhone and Windows as well as the Mac, and given a BlackBerry-style push component.

All good stuff, but what has Apple left out? Glimpses into the OS afforded by the iPhone software development kit (SDK) suggest there's still no Copy and Paste, support for MMS and video recording.

Still, Touch owners aggrieved by the $10 upgrade charge may feel happier knowing that the update costs half of what the last one did but delivers more.

But you have to ask, is Apple really so ungenerous it can't take $10 on the chin? Especially, when it can afford to give the upgrade to iPhone owners for nowt.

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530
Say it with us: I'm King of the Landfill-ill-ill-ill
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.