This connects to a mystery about the iPhone. What’s the reason that copy and paste is missing? The underlying operating system is OSX, so it’s obviously supported. It’s a function has been supported from the very beginning of the computer. Perhaps it’s a signal of a new kind of limit being enforced on the digital world.
— The iPhone’s Missing Copy & Paste: The Dog that Didn’t Bark in the Night (via azspot).
This is a stupid implication. The iPhone doesn’t have copy-and-paste because it has no universal notion of text selection or context menus in standard text input fields, and designing such features in a graceful, accessible, and non-confusing way on a device with (essentially) no buttons is challenging.
It’s not some DRM conspiracy.