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  • iPhone OS 4.0 Features Leaked. Update to Support Multitasking Apps.


    Last week we talked about iPhone OS 4.0 on the verge of release. Today we talked the possibility of iPhone OS 4.0 being announced next week at the godly Apple event along with the supposed tablet mac. Today we get word from Boy Genius about some leaked iPhone OS 4.0 features, the most promising, in my mind, is the ability to multitask. BG also claims that features may include multi-touch support OS-wide, UI changes, and some new contact and calendar sync options.


    • There will be multi-touch gestures OS-wide. (Would make sense for that as the rumored OS for the iTablet is close if not the same as the iPhone)
    • “A few new ways” to run applications in the background — multitasking.
    • Many graphical and UI changes to make navigating through the OS easier and more efficient. We haven’t had this broken down, but we can only hope for improved notifications, a refreshed homescreen, etc.
    • The update will supposedly be available for only the iPhone 3G and 3GS, but will “put them ahead in the smartphone market because it will make them more like full-fledged computers” more than any other phone to date. Everyone is “really excited.”
    • The last piece of information is the most vague, but apparently there will be some brand new syncing ability for the contacts and calendar applications.
    We are all well aware of other smartphones having the ability to multitask. We are also aware of various options on the jailbreak front that provide the ability to multitask as well. So this feature isn't particularly a new idea, but nonetheless, I would love to have to have apple supported multitasking. Hopefully such ability will bring a plethora of options such as instant notifications from apps running that aren't on the screen, push notifications that still run while an app is open, etc.

    However, I will also admit, that it's sad seeing some of these updates come to the iPhone after all the work that developers have put in to bring these features to use before Apple could wrap their head around it. As with the 3.0 update, I can see many apps being obsolete due to new features.

    It's been rumored that iPhone OS 4.0 would also be what they use to run the tablet, but dear god, I hope that's not the case. I might have to cry a little bit. I for one, don't want a super-sized iPhone.

    Of course, with the trends Apple has recently been following, Boy Genius says that the update won't be available to first generation users. This I can believe as Apple seems to have finally stopped committing to supporting all their products. Nonetheless, I for one am excited for next week. How about you?

    [Source & Image: BoyGenius]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone OS 4.0 Features Leaked. Update to Support Multitasking Apps. started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 122 Comments
    1. Windmeel's Avatar
      Windmeel -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      Agreed. I have bought a handful of apps from Cydia myself

      Cyntact
      Quickreply
      3G unrestristor
      YourTube - although I wish there was a delete function within the app - I have to use iFile to get rid of unwanted vids

      tim
      Not to get off topic but if you're in the YouTube app, go to More, Downloads, and just swipe from left to right on the video you want to delete.
    1. brianlg's Avatar
      brianlg -
      jailbreeeeaKIT
    1. KooLLaiD's Avatar
      KooLLaiD -
      Would make more sense if they would put more Ram in the damn thing.
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Quote Originally Posted by KooLLaiD View Post
      Would make more sense if they would put more Ram in the damn thing.
      4.0 is a software update not hardware,
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      if the new i pods have doubled ram, widget support, and all that, i won't bother jail breaking. what's the point if i can have a more stable device, and still the same features? that being said, i'll get bored of os 4.0, and eventually re-jailbreak, but looks like that won't be for a while
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      theres a package i found in rock app that shows up under installed packages labeled "firmware" and the version says 3.1.2 (in system category...) and it has the normal options of reinstall, uninstall, and UPDATE. obviously the reinstall and update buttons cannot be pressed but it looks like u can unistall the firmware?? Does this means once 4.0 comes out it could be possible to update through cydia or rockapp? This would make things so much more convient so JBers that have over 100 packages with moddified settings dont have to reinstall everything and set everything back up..
    1. hnic247's Avatar
      hnic247 -
      they should enable native video recording for the 3g
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Multitouch gestures system-wide
      I'm thinking 3-finger pinch to cut, 3-finger spread to paste. =]

      Improved notifications
      Notifications pane? Better status bar?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by SnowLeo View Post
      theres a package i found in rock app that shows up under installed packages labeled "firmware" and the version says 3.1.2 (in system category...) and it has the normal options of reinstall, uninstall, and UPDATE. obviously the reinstall and update buttons cannot be pressed but it looks like u can unistall the firmware?? Does this means once 4.0 comes out it could be possible to update through cydia or rockapp? This would make things so much more convient so JBers that have over 100 packages with moddified settings dont have to reinstall everything and set everything back up..
      That explains a lot. You have Rock installed.

      Good luck with anything from them - I won't let Rock near my phone but then that's my choice.

      I like my phone to work.
    1. ddonuts4's Avatar
      ddonuts4 -
      And I have 4.0, too lol.
    1. youngzayiles's Avatar
      youngzayiles -
      Ill wait for it to be jailbroken but they definately need to do something with the notifications... Something like the pre where u see it but dont have to address it!!
    1. deathbybunnies6's Avatar
      deathbybunnies6 -
      Yay!
    1. DHowett's Avatar
      DHowett -
      Quote Originally Posted by SnowLeo View Post
      theres a package i found in rock app that shows up under installed packages labeled "firmware" and the version says 3.1.2 (in system category...) and it has the normal options of reinstall, uninstall, and UPDATE. obviously the reinstall and update buttons cannot be pressed but it looks like u can unistall the firmware?? Does this means once 4.0 comes out it could be possible to update through cydia or rockapp? This would make things so much more convient so JBers that have over 100 packages with moddified settings dont have to reinstall everything and set everything back up..
      That is an automatic placeholder package so that other packages can depend on a certain firmware version. You will note (if Rock even shows that information) that it contains no files, and has a size of zero bytes. If you uninstall it, it will just come back next time your device reboots.

      But your main problem is that you're using Rock.
    1. mynameisjordan's Avatar
      mynameisjordan -
      Anyone know why exactly the 2G wouldn't be able to handle those features?
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GhStRdR2k View Post
      I too will wait for 4.0 to be jailbroken first. But we are we gonna get some Flash support for Safari?
      ^never^

      cant wait til this drops! should be fun to play with
    1. tma's Avatar
      tma -
      The screenshot posted in the first post is fake though
      Cause it was made by BGR
      Boy Genius says:
      January 19, 2010 at 5:20 PM
      I made the image above for the post. It’s not real…
    1. ddonuts4's Avatar
      ddonuts4 -
      Oh lol. So did I in mine
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Sweet, 4.0 baby! I think they're right to not make it for the 2G, especially with the 4G coming out soon. Time to upgrade or be left in the dust! But seriously you might as well just upgrade it'll definitely be worth it!
    1. matthew1111's Avatar
      matthew1111 -
      So it's not gonna be available for the iTouch 2g, the only iDevice I have?...Would it be possible to upgrade my iTouch to iPhone firmware?
    1. Timka21105's Avatar
      Timka21105 -
      It is all just a game the apple plays with the world.