Shown above (from Engadget’s coverage, as the watermark says) are the main changes to the Mail app in OS 4.0. I’ll focus on just one for now: open attachments with apps. One of the ridiculous things about the iPhone OS for the past three years has been the inability to open attachments within a program […]
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iPhone OS 4.0 allows 3rd party apps to open Mail attachments

Shown above (from Engadget’s coverage, as the watermark says) are the main changes to the Mail app in OS 4.0. I’ll focus on just one for now: open attachments with apps.

One of the ridiculous things about the iPhone OS for the past three years has been the inability to open attachments within a program that can actually edit them. Mail can view .doc and .xls files, but it can’t edit them. Meanwhile, apps like Docs to Go feature great interfaces for creating and editing content on the iPhone screen, but they’ve had to use silly work-arounds like using Google Docs to access files on the device…until now. I’m not quite sure how apps will be registered for this service, or how we’ll be able to choose, but it’s great to see that the iPhone is really catching up in all of the traditional smartphone senses.

Windows Mobile may no longer have the major advantage when it comes document editing once iPhone 4.0 comes out.

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