There are a bunch of great walkthroughs of the new OS for iPhone. Probably the best and most complete is over at ArsTechnica.
I love tucking lesser-used apps into folders, I’m glad audio apps other than iTunes are now allowed to run in the background, and I’m happy to see how much faster the phone seems to be with the new software.
However, I stumbled upon a feature that I didn’t see mentioned in the Ars review.
This morning, I got an email from a business partner who proposed we have lunch on Thursday. The OS saw the phrase “lunch this Thursday” and automatically underlined it as a link.
Clicking the link offered to add an event to my calendar.
Of course, this is Apple, so it created an event on the right date (this coming Thursday) guessed that it would be at noon, and put the subject of the Email in as the event name.
Something very like this functionality exists in Apple’s desktop Mail.app, but it was a great surprise to see it appear on my phone. I’m still distressed to see that Apple hasn’t added a “mark all as read” function to the Mail application, but this new feature is a welcome addition.