Copy and Paste Comes to iPhone

It isn’t launching until Friday but when it does you will be able to copy and paste text from within Safari to text fields within Safari or to an email.

I’m not even going to rag on the demonstration video because they mess up the text selection initially (even though technically that was ragging on it) but what I will say is that all of you who are asking for copy and paste seem to stop at nothing.

The implementation uses a combination of javascript bookmarks and web services to get the job done. My main question is, who is going to use this?

I know I won’t because I would rather reference something with a link, not actual text. It isn’t that difficult to give someone a link and tell them which paragraph you are specifying.

I understand why all of you want copy and paste but I still haven’t seen anyone with a clear idea of how to implement it elegantly. I’m sure Apple is trying to figure out an easy way to do it too but it is pretty clear to me that no one has a good idea yet. The solution has to be both simple, easy to use, and easy to learn, all without cluttering the screen with yet another button. I don’t see how this could be done but I’m sure if anyone is going to figure it out, the guys at Apple will.

(as you can probably gather I have no interest in copy and paste, I’ve probably only been in about 3 situations in which I wanted it and I’ve had my iPhone since launch day, the majority of those situations involved entering a WPA key as well)

Update: I’ve set up PasteBud on my iPhone and if I need it I will use it. In about a week or so I’ll share my experiences with it. I don’t expect needing to use it but I may be surprised.

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