WWDC 2009 – iPhone 3.0 software extras announced

It was announced way back in March, but just in case you can't remember that far back, Phil Schiller was on-hand this evening to jog people's memories

It was announced way back in March, but just in case you can't remember that far back, Phil Schiller was on-hand this evening to jog people's memories on the main improvements to iPhone 3.0, as well as letting loose some new addition. Here's what we already knew:

MMS – you'll soon be able to fire your mates messages complete with images. Just like other phones.

Cut, copy and paste – all you need to do is highlight the text you want and a bubble will appear offering that much asked for function. You can use it in Safari was well as email and text and in true Apple style, if you don't want any text, just shake to cancel.

Spotlight homepage – the new Spotlight homepage (shown as an app on your homescreen) means that you can search iPod, Mail, Calendar and contacts to search for content on your iPhone in a fuss-free way.

Landscape mode – So you can use your iPhone any which way you want to type

In-app purchase – of new levels for games and the ability to get over-the-air downloads from iTunes

But we knew all this at the start of the year. As well as this recap, however, there were also some tasty new nuggets of functionality announced, including tethered web connection, allowing you to share your iPhone's 3G connection on Mac or PC via USB or over Bluetooth.

Slicker browsing is handled thanks to Javascript running 3x faster than previously, while forms will now auto-correct. Streaming will also be speedier, thanks to the same http streaming to be found on Snow Leopard.

And what about Find My iPhone? When you lose your phone, just log into me.com and you can see where your blower is on a map. You can even activate a radar-style pinging sound, which works even when the iPhone is in silent mode. And if your precious phone is stolen, you can remotely wipe all data from it

What's more, Google Maps can now be added into applications, and turn-by-turn navigation is now allowed. Hurrah!

And you can now rent or buy movies directly from iTunes – handy if you're going to be experiencing severe Tube delays in the near future.