“With the iPhone v2.1 software out of the door, Apple is hard at work on v2.2. From this first glimpse it looks like Apple, now the major bugs have been squashed, is adding some new features,” Charlie Sorrel writes for Wired.
“Of course, there’s still no mention of Copy and Paste, a seemingly ridiculous omission from such a powerful device. But I have a theory: Apple won’t ever put it in, at least not in the form we currently know,” Sorrel writes. “The iPhone model is quite different from that of a proper computer. In a Mac or PC, you use the operating system to act on files, be they pictures, emails or text documents”
“The iPhone works more like iTunes, where each application takes care of its own files and what you can do with them… It’s possible that Apple is taking so long to implement copy and paste not because it is difficult, but because Apple is reinventing it,” Sorrel writes. “Imagine a system-wide menu added to all applications which, instead of shuffling items off to a clipboard, lists all the places you can send that file (or text string). This would be like the existing ‘Open with’ option available in the Mac’s right-click menu — each application effectively reports to the OS exactly what kind of files it can handle and the OS remembers this.”
Sorrel writes, “Technically, this still uses a ‘clipboard’ stack to store items temporarily, but the user experience changes to fit the iPhone’s one-open-app-at-a-time paradigm.”
More in the full article – recommended – here.