Typing gets easier on the iPhone, and everything else you need to know about the new update

One of the biggest things holding the iPhone (and iPod Touch, but I’m just saying iPhone from here on in for convenience’s sake) back from destroying the Blackberry in entertainment business circles is how difficult it is to type. Those touchscreen keys all jammed together make it nigh impossible to avoid typos, even with the sometimes accurate auto-correction function. Forget about typing a long email. It’s simply easier to do on a Blackberry.

That’s why one of biggest changes for Hollywood in the iPhone 3.0 software coming this summer is seemingly the smallest: The ability to use “landscape mode” when typing emails, texts, or memos. In other words, you can flip your iPhone on its side and type horizontally.

Why does that make things easier? Well, if you’re on a computer now, look at your monitor. It’s wider than it is high, right? Now look at your keyboard. The same.

But when you type on the iPhone, it’s like turning your computer keyboard 90 degrees to the right and scrunching everything together. Now the keys will be further apart, making it easier to type without accidentally hitting the wrong key. A little change, but for those of us who type a lot on our iPhones, especially if we use it for business purposes, it could make our lives a lot easier. And being able to see what we type in widescreen will also make things easier.

What other changes will iPhone owners be enjoying this summer when software version 3.0 (free for iPhone owners; $10 for the iPod Touch) launches?

-Calendar syncing with Yahoo, Google, and other major online calendars. That’s a big boost for those who use one of the major online calendar services and want that information to transfer over to the iPhone. But alas it doesn’t yet work with Outlook, which is of course the most common calendar app most of us use in the office.

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  1. It was the policy of the good old gentlemen to make his chileren feel that home was the happiest place in the world; and I value this delicious home—feeling as one of the choicest gifts a parent can bestow. (Irvng Washington, Father of literature of the United States.)

  2. Jason says:

    No video player yet but if you jailbreak you can have one. I do!!!

  3. pej1 says:

    What about Video?

  4. Matt says:

    What about Bluetoothing media to other phones?

  5. Finally, an MMS and Peer-to-peer bluetooth… that’s really a great update.

  6. Good update... says:

    yeah, but everything that the storm can’t do the iPhone can, like actually work…

  7. Dave Cohan says:

    old hat for Blackberry Storm Users. All these “updates” for the iphone are standard with the bb Storm.

  8. Ben Fritz says:

    Chris: Yes and yes. fixed. thanks.

  9. Chris says:

    Wasn’t it Norm Macdonald, and “note to self”?

  10. Odaecom says:

    The strange thing is the “landscape mode” of the keyboard has always worked in the browser, why has it taken so long to integrate into the other apps?

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