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  • iPhone OS 4 About to Drop?



    A new report suggests that iPhone OS 4.0 could be close to release, months before it would normally be expected. Apple has heretofore only released new firmware with new phone models. However, CNET reports that a "prominent" app developer says he's got the new SDK and has updated his app already. In the past, Apple has provided developer previews in March for new OS versions that are then released in June or July.

    Rick Broida, who writes iPhone Atlas for CNET, noted today that he had gotten an email from a dev claiming that he's got a hold of iPhone OS 4.0:

    iPhone OS 4.0 is imminent. At least, that's the only conclusion I can draw from an e-mail I just received from a prominent app developer.

    The message includes the following snippet: "Just wanted to give you a heads up that we've submitted an updated app for the new iPhone OS 4.0 software."
    Rumers have swirled ahead of the expected Apple tablet announcement later this month. An event - which is still unscheduled and unconfirmed - is supposedly going to happen at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, with the date variously being set as January 26 or January 27. The French site Mac4Ever said that the tablet announcement would be accompanied by an announcement of an iPhone 4.0 beta, which is purported to include a "simulator" mode that would allow apps to be run on larger screens. Some developers were said to have been given beta SDKs ahead of the announcement so that they could prepare demos to be shown at the event.

    The website iPodNN had noted speculation on Wednesday that the iPhone OS update was being held back until the tablet was announced because the build contained too many references to the still-unannounced device.

    image via Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone OS 4 About to Drop? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 55 Comments
    1. 24trepid's Avatar
      24trepid -
      Come on Apple, tighten up ........
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Quote Originally Posted by viperstarpoint9 View Post
      I hate to break it to you Jayson9 but AT&T seems to be more concerned about the front end and not its @$$ end (pun intended). What this meas is that no matter how good a phone is if the network its on sucks. What AT&T is doing right now is updating all its towers systematically starting with major Cities like Atlanta, Dallas, and LA (New York is on the list but not first its actually after the aforementioned cities). This means people like you and me are SOL. They have finished some cities towers and are advertising faster speeds in those locations. This has turned out to be semi-false advertising because the network that sports the towers is still the old 3G system not the new 3G+ system. The signals are all reading the new system but none of the back end sport for the new speeds. Connectivity may be improved but but not the speeds. Also no phone firmware update or hardware release is going to improve network performance.
      Apple cannot be left off the hook when they only support one carrier with their phone. Their phones ability is strictly tied to their business partner's (AT&T) service. Thus making them just as culpable for the phone's overall performance and SERVICE.

      You can market the best can opener there is, but you still need a can to use it on. Otherwise, its just a useless tool - no matter how much you improve it.
    1. wissman's Avatar
      wissman -
      I dont think they will release it before 4g is released with it..
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      mid 2011? lol
    1. wissman's Avatar
      wissman -
      Oh :P then lets wait it ttil next month though 4g was coming out this april..
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I think 4g isn't going to be in even test markets til early 11
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      It depends if you mean the 4th generation iPhone I still reckon End of June.
      If you mean LTE (4th Generation Data) it is already being tested in very small areas but will probably be a gradual and slow rollout - there is certainly not the incentive for the phone companies that there was to upgrade from GPRS to 3G and that took long enough!
      I would not expect widespread LTE for at least a couple of years.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      patiently waiting...
    1. ColoradoAvs119's Avatar
      ColoradoAvs119 -
      Is it true that the 2g iPhone wont get the new features in this update? Or is it too early to tell?
    1. after_burners's Avatar
      after_burners -
      well when it does come out like most I'll b waiting till j/b is. sorted b4 updating
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      I think this supposed 4.0 turned out to be what is now the infamous 3.1.3.
    1. golf25radioman's Avatar
      golf25radioman -
      What ever happened to the tethering to your laptop that was supposed to come in 3.0 - then 3.0.1 (or whatever)????
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Tethering can be enabled by your carrier or by RedSn0w 0.93
    1. milesneptune's Avatar
      milesneptune -
      well i have it now and it is great
    1. golf25radioman's Avatar
      golf25radioman -
      I don't get why enabling tethering costs additional to the data plan. What's the deal?