Chances are you’ve already heard about the iPhone 3G S and some of it’s cool new features (and same goes for the iPhone OS 3.0 and it’s cool new features). What you might not have thought about, however, are the apps which many developers have slaved over for weeks that were entirely rendered obsolete by the new features the iPhone will include. Read on for a list of 15 apps whose days are coming to an end.
Cycorder is a famous video recording application for jailbroken iPhones created by the developer of Cydia. The application records both video and audio, and focuses on real-time compression. However, the iPhone 3G S comes equipped with a video camera, so say goodbye to Cycorder.
2. iPhone Modem
This application, available to jailbroken iPhones via Cydia, allows you to tether your laptop to your iPhone in 10 seconds. In other words, you allow your computer to access the 3G network. Well, if you haven’t heard, the iPhone OS 3.0 will allow internet tethering (once AT&T gets their act together).
iClipboard is a little app found in the iTunes app store that allows you to copy and paste text in a bit of an awkward way. This is not the only app that accomplishes this function. However, once the iPhone OS 3.0 comes out, none of these apps will ever be downloaded again.
Clippy is an app for jailbroken iPhones that gives you copy/paste functionality in a nice, orderly fashion (unlike the app above). Again, this app will no longer be needed.
5. Say Who
Say Who is a voice dialer application for the iPhone available in the app store. You can voice dial contacts, spell out the digits for a phone number, look up a contact’s information, launch SMS, and so on. The new iPhone will not only have voice dialing, but it will allow you to vocally control many of device’s functions. Tough luck for the developers.
6. AdelaVoice Voice Dialer
There’s nothing to say about this application that differs from “Say Who”, but it should be mentioned due it’s immense success in the app store. A success that has been entirely thwarted by the voice control feature announcement at today’s WWDC.
GadgetTrak is a clever little application that uses an icon that looks almost identical to the Safari icon. When the icon is pressed, it instantly sends out the device’s location to your predefined email address. With the new “Find My Phone” feature available to Mobile Me users, all security applications like this are no longer needed. But if you don’t have Mobile Me, go here to learn how to build a theft-proof iPhone.
Quickgold is a launcher that allows you to find what you need, whether it’s a contact or a bookmark, without thumbing through a string of icons or screens. It’s available through Cydia for jailbroken iPhones. The entirely new program “Spotlight”, which will appear on all iPhones once the OS 3.0 update is installed, allows users to do a “combined search”. Spotlight lets you search through contacts, apps, iPod, emails, and everything from the same screen. Quickgold…it was good while it lasted.
9. MotionX GPS
MotionX GPS is a full-fledged navigation application for the iPhone. It offers turn by turn, compass, and lots of other nifty little things. While the application may still be useful to some, the concept behind it is certainly rendered obsolete by the iPhone’s upcoming turn-by-turn GPS capabilities and magnetometer based compass. If you haven’t heard, TomTom is releasing a navigation app for the iPhone.
10. Camera Zoom
This app does exactly what the title promises. It allows you to zoom the camera in and out. The iPhone 3G S will not only have a 3 MP camera and a video camera, but it’ll have the ability to auto-zoom and auto-focus.
11. Night Camera
Night Camera is a photography application that enhances the iPhone camera’s ability to take sharp photos at night time (or in low light conditions). The application will no longer be needed because the iPhone 3G S’s camera is equipped to handle night time photos.
This application, with nearly 17,000 App Store reviews, is an incredibly functional voice recorder (and it’s made by Griffin Technology). Apple, however, decided to include it’s own native voice recorder in the iPhone OS 3.0:
. Send Contact (Business Cards)
This application (and many others like it in the App Store) allows users to send a contact’s information easily to someone’s email. The iPhone OS 3.0, however, will allow users to share contact information by both email and text message, so this app will be completely useless.
14. Big Keyboard Email
This application (and all the one’s who are identical to it) simply allow you to send email in landscape mode so the clumsy typers of the world can make less spelling errors. Well, luckily, you won’t be needing this app anymore, since the iPhone OS 3.0 will allow you to type emails in landscape mode.
15. Swirly MMS
Swirly MMS brings MMS messaging to jailbroken iPhones (and it’s sure not perfect). But now that Apple has announced that full MMS functionality will be part of the iPhone OS 3.0, they days of Swirly MMS.
In conclusion, while these apps were good work arounds for a while, the time has come that there is no longer anything to work around. The iPhone OS 3.0 and the iPhone 3G S will bring much of the missing functionality of the iPhone to the table, making it sit even more proudly on its throne in the cellular world. And hey, who knows what else we’ll realize Apple failed to include in the device?