New update for iPhone and new handset for Summer?
While Steve Jobs is away, Apple will play. Or maybe they won't. Or perhaps they will. Maybe. Regardless, the rumours coming out of SXSWi in Austin, Texas this week suggest that the iPhone and iPod Touch are about to get souped up with the latest firmware release, with some mythical text-editing function called Take Out & Put Back In Someplace Else.
One of the biggest criticisms of Apple by customers in recent years, has been the lack of cut and paste when using email and text functions on the iPhone and Touch. It's a basic function that existed in Windows 95, so why the hell was it never part of iPhone 1.0? Jobs was never a fan, insisting there were other priorities to address, but now Digg's Kevin Rose has told crowds at SXSW that it will be part of the iPhone 3.0 update announced later today.
Other possibilities include MMS support, text message forwarding, USB tethering and full Bluetooth capability, although as in previous announcements, expect there to be a similar chance of Apple announcing a screensaver with live sea monkeys. You'll find out if any, some or none of these rumours are true from 5pm tonight.
Meanwhile, according to TechRadar, a Summer launch of a new iPhone handset is looking almost certain; one source suggests O2 will start giving the 3G handset away free on all contracts up to £45, although it doesn't ay if this will be the 8GB or 16GB version. This happened last year before the launch of the 3G handset, in order to clear old stock quickly in preparation for the shiny.