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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. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      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.
      yes!
    1. VaderForce's Avatar
      VaderForce -
      Interesting, but will wait for the jailbreak.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      All the rumours stem from BGR who has been wrong before.

      Does no one else find it strange that there has been no leak of the SDK or ipsw for FW4.0 betas? Or maybe Apple are releasing 4.0 with no beta? Or maybe people have been testing it and have been silenced so effectively there have been no leaks apart from one tweet by SB and this leak to BGR?

      I'm not holding my breath.....
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      I wish i could aid in the jailbreaking of 4.0 os...but sadly, i dunt know how to jailbreak lol.

      I think if apple allowed something like winterboard, and sold themes they would make a ton of money ^__^.
    1. idesideratum's Avatar
      idesideratum -
      the iTablet is going to be retarded. Who would want a 10" iPhone!? I know others have posted this, but I would love to see apple make the iPhone more powerful.. dual core proc, Bluetooth technology that isn't obsolete etc etc.

      I hope the itablet is one huge dissapointment and apple loses money on it.
    1. Hexane's Avatar
      Hexane -
      In my opinion, its fake.
      Firmware version and builds can be easily edited making that screenshot fake.

      + If it wasn't for the iPod touch 3G atleast users would rage. (Even though it could be ported easily with a pwned device.)

      My 2c, which I can't afford to give these days with the financial screwup...
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hexane View Post
      (Even though it could be ported easily with a pwned device.)
      What makes you think that? The FW for different devices is different - you can not run iPhone FW on an iPod Touch and you can't run 3Gs Fw on a 3G or 3G FW on a 2G.
    1. Hexane's Avatar
      Hexane -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      What makes you think that? The FW for different devices is different - you can not run iPhone FW on an iPod Touch and you can't run 3Gs Fw on a 3G or 3G FW on a 2G.
      I'm not completely stupid, use vfdecrypt and extract all the new stuff and fix it up and then proceed to use xpwn to compile it back into a dmg
    1. Yumm's Avatar
      Yumm -
      With the announcement that the new iphone 4 eill have dual core, the multi tasking aspect of the new firmware makes complete sense. My problem is my 3G has enough trouble doing one task, the 3GS will probably give it a better shot.
    1. BLOWNCO's Avatar
      BLOWNCO -
      i think this is the first time since the iphone came out that i am not excited about the new OS the new iphone4G or whatever its going to be called or the tablet ive been thinking about tossing the iphone and going android and im pretty sure the iphone 4g and the new OS will push me away from apple as almost all android devices are way more customizable multitasking and all but hey you never know it could blow us away but i seriously doubt it i think apples ride to the top is coming to an end with this 3 year old OS they have
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      More facts than rumors so far.
    1. Rcooley617's Avatar
      Rcooley617 -
      Everybody throw your 2g & 3g's away and head to buy the 3GS, its all a scam to keep you purchasing the new hardware. Apple has a ten year plan on how to continually to make consumers come back for more products....Its lame but I'm not mad at all, I'm a gadget and tech freak and I love it.....Just hate to kick out $400-500 every year or so. lol
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      Is is possible yo update girmware through cydia or rock? Becuase did anyone else notice the firmware 3.1.2 package under installed packages that has the options to reinstall or remove (why would anyone want to remove firmware?) but instead of having to reinstall all the JB stuff wouldnt it be so much easier for people who already jailbroke to just update through cydia? Does any1 els think this is a good idea? Or how bout just taking apples multitasking and multitouch added things and packaging them in cydia for people to use on 3.1.2 so they dont actually have to update but can still have all of the 4.0 features but keep all the compatibilities with 3.1.2?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Not sure what you are looking at but you certainly can't install/update/delete FW in cydia!
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      multi-tasking in 4.0 is almost certainly going to happen. With all the negative ads about how Android and Palm can multi-task, it makes perfect sense. I just hope that is done so that "ALL" apps can be backgrounded.
    1. nomiqw's Avatar
      nomiqw -
      Thnx for the Info..
      but will the 4.0 be available stright away or would we have to wait till the new iphone is relased..
    1. SquareWheel's Avatar
      SquareWheel -
      Apparently my iPod Touch 1G 8GB is becoming outdated. =/ Well, I still use the thing every day.
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      Quote Originally Posted by nomiqw View Post
      Thnx for the Info..
      but will the 4.0 be available stright away or would we have to wait till the new iphone is relased..

      Last time it came out a week before the new phone. Apple usually puts out a beta version of the OS but who knows if they secretly did and it just didnt leak.

      really we just don't know...but based off old patterns...IMO..most likely this will be out in a beta March, and a full release June/July. ( but thats all guesswork)
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bernie-Mac View Post
      Does anyone else find it strange that Apple comes up with these "groundbreaking" features after the jailbreak community does? Installer spawned the App Store, Clippy spawned copy n paste, Swirly brought MMS finally, and now that the jailbreak community has proSwitcher and categories Apple is going to implement them? Is there anyone but me that feels Apple secretly loves jailbreak and just sits back and waits for cool jailbroken features so they can edit the code and make it more Apple-esque? Apple is lucky the iPhone has the following it does when all they do is provide it with updates that should have been there in the previous version. Without jailbreak, I know I would not have the iPhone anymore and im sure a lot of you here wouldn't either.


      With that, bring on 4.0!!!!

      You took the words right out of my mouth and typing fingers mate!
      I however would do my utmost to resist the urge to update (not promising ...) and wait for the jailbreak...I suspect that apple may have found a way to make jailbreaking very difficult...though I have faith in the DevTeam!

      About time those boys at Apple really got down and did some work and came up with some really innovative features, instead of relying on the DevTeam and the community on the one hand while critisizing us jailbreakers on the other.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by djnikk View Post
      I seriously doubt 4.0 release before summer.
      The official release will not be available but the beta release will. Just like all of the previous versions in the past years.

      Quote Originally Posted by s4mb4 View Post
      multi-tasking in 4.0 is almost certainly going to happen. With all the negative ads about how Android and Palm can multi-task, it makes perfect sense. I just hope that is done so that "ALL" apps can be backgrounded.
      If ALL apps are to be backgrounded than i seriously hope that Apple will find a good way to preserve the memory on the iPhone. Almost all phones i've seen that background every needless app lags and i hate lag on a phone. Then, people will begin to complain to Apple that the phone is too slow. I guarantee it.

      Quote Originally Posted by Rcooley617 View Post
      Everybody throw your 2g & 3g's away and head to buy the 3GS, its all a scam to keep you purchasing the new hardware. Apple has a ten year plan on how to continually to make consumers come back for more products....Its lame but I'm not mad at all, I'm a gadget and tech freak and I love it.....Just hate to kick out $400-500 every year or so. lol
      Yeah i know how you feel lol. Got the 3GS last year in july and will probably purchase the the 4G iPhone. But only if it has more memory and processing power.