Apple May Address iPhone File Frustrations

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Everybody grouses about the lack of multitasking for third-party apps on the iPhone (and iPad). But another limitation of the current platform is at l

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east as limiting: The data sandboxing files that hobbles third-party apps' ability to move files on and off the iPhone or share them with other applications.

Today, there's both bad news and good news on this front. Bad news: Apple made e-book reader Stanza (owned by Amazon.com) remove a feature for transferring books via USB, on the grounds that it violated the iPhone developer agreement.

Good news: Ars Technica is reporting that iPhone OS 3.2, the version on the iPad, has a shared-storage folder that's accessible to third-party apps -- including computer apps that can see the folder when the iPhone is attached via USB. If that shows up on the iPhone (which it presumably will) it'll go a significant way towards reducing the every-app-is-an-island feel that iPhone software tends to have.

As long as I'm at it, another request: The iPhone/iPad e-mail clients should allow detaching of attachments into this shared folder, so that applications such as word processors and spreadsheets can get easy

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access to documents for editing. Maybe this is in iPhone OS 3.2 and I just don't know about it yet -- I'd assume that Apple would want it for the iPad versions of the iWork apps, and it would be a major bummer if Apple apps could get at attachments and other programs couldn't...

This story, "Apple May Address iPhone File Frustrations" was originally published by Technologizer.

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