One of the longest awaited features of the iPhone is copy and paste. It works really well but does not work in all apps as claimed by Apple in the most recent announcement at the WWDC 2009 Keynote. Just hold down your finger to get the magnifying glass and place the cursor where you want to copy. When you let go you’ll get the option to Select, Select All, and Paste. It’s really easy to highlight what you want to copy, just drag the beginning and end points around until the text you want is selected. And, if you want more text selected, like from a web page, just drag up or down until the highlighted area turns into a box. Then drag the whole box around what you want highlighted.
A very nice feature is the clipboard holds rich text and pictures. Depending on where you are pasting it, you can paste font color, size, pictures, etc. that is pulled from email or a website. There are many webpages that I’m not able to copy from and they are usually the ones specifically formatted for an iPhone. Not sure why this is but the copy feature doesn’t even show up.
Copy and paste also works within the Messages app (formerly Text app). This allows you to copy an entire bubble of text and forward it or paste anywhere. You can also undo any step of cut, copy and paste by shaking your device to get an undo menu. Finally, you can also copy images or links from websites, mail or your Photo app.
Copy and paste and many other features are part of the new 3.0 firmware that will be released on June 17th. You can update your existing iPhone or iPod Touch then through the upgrade button in iTunes. It will be free for iPhones and $9.99 for the iPod Touch. All future devices sold should have the 3.0 firmware preinstalled.