By Yara Omar, Janus Networks
iPhone 2.0, the new firmware from Apple, is scheduled for release this June with whole new set of features for all iPhone and iPod Touch users. Maybe the most important feature is the “App Store” which is a new application that lets users browse, purchase and download the most innovative third-party iPhone applications with a few clicks.
iPhone 2.0 software also offers several new Mail features. Multi-selection is now available to users. They can now select multiple messages and delete them at once or move them in a group which gives much more flexibility when dealing with Mail. Users will also be able to view Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint attachments.
iPhone 2.0 includes support for Microsoft Exchange 2003 or 2007 Mail Server. The firmware has a new communication protocol, ActiveSync, which enables push e-mail, calendar, contacts and notes. The synchronization process is done over a Wi-Fi or a wireless cellular connection.
The new firmware adds significant security enhancements by using Cisco IPsec VPN. It offers new encryption and authentication capabilities in addition to WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) wireless security. Users will also be able to organize the list of the Wi-Fi networks available to join by preference.
There will be “parental control” for some of the applications on the iPhone such as iTunes and App Store. The firmware adds minor updates to various applications. The calculator has an expanded scientific mode and “Contacts Search” capability is added to the address book. The firmware adds complete language and dictionary support for over 15 different languages in addition to many other enhancements.
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