Former Apple developer explains why the original iPhone didn’t have a copy and paste feature

Why did the iPhone not support copy and paste

The iPhone was released in 2007 by Steve Jobs, and it completely changed the way people used their phones. The original iPhone was definitely ahead of its time, but do you know it lacks basic feature like copy and paste text.

The iPhone, which came out in the summer of 2007, lacks copy and paste functionality. It came out two years later with the release of the iPhone OS 3 along with the release of the iPhone 3GS – the third iPhone model. But why Apple didn’t introduce the copy and paste feature with the original iPhone.

The iPhone 2007 was supposed to have copy & paste features, but they were scrapped for unknown reasons. Some people say that it was because of the patent lawsuits that Apple was involved in at the time, while others claim that it was simply a matter of time before copy & paste made its way to the iPhone. Finally, Ken Kocienda, a former Apple developer who worked on the iPhone, stepped forward to answer the most pressing question – why didn’t the original iPhone have copy and paste features.

Why did the iPhone not support copy and paste

According to Kocienda, Apple engineers did not have time to incorporate copy and paste on the original iPhone. As per him, the team was working on the iPhone’s virtual keyboard and autocorrection technology at the time. After the iPhone was released, Kocienda and his team decided to create a copy and paste option, but it took some time before the feature was ready for users.

Ken explained that he came up with the idea of ​​a “magnifying text magnifying glass” that lets users know exactly where they point their text cursor, which is crucial for copying and pasting.

The copy and paste feature was introduced in 2009 as part of iPhone OS 3.0 and was included by default on the iPhone 3GS. Here’s an old Engadget report about the iPhone OS 3.0 copy and paste functionality.

The Original iPhone lacks Multitasking

first iphone 2007

Kocienda further stated that the iPhone lacks true multitasking capabilities, not only due to the low RAM, but also due to the lack of virtual memory. To avoid performance issues, Kocienda had to design “jetsam,” a mechanism that forces the iPhone to run one app at a time while automatically eliminating other background activities.

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Kocienda joined Apple in 2001 and is one of the key engineers behind the iPhone. The original iPhone was launched by Steve Jobs in 2007.


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