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  • Report: Rumors Were Right! iPhone OS 4.0 Will Include Full Multitasking Support



    Until now, reports of full multitasking support on the iPhone have been based almost entirely on rumor and speculation. Ahead of Thursday's Apple event, it now appears that all the rumors and speculations will be vindicated. Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu revealed in research note that the new iPhone OS will be “a full multi-tasking environment where third-party apps will also be able to run simultaneously and/or in the background along with AAPL’s own apps.” Wu's sources inside Apple leaked the info shortly after Thursday's event was announced.

    Wu was also successful in squeezing from his sources that Apple's rumored mobile advertising API is also a go, with Cupertino choosing to call the mobile marketing platform "iAd." Now, before you think Wu is a lone rebel on the front-lines of Apple news reporting, it should be noted that Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is finally hearing the same "internal confirmations" from Apple that prompted Wu's earlier revelation.

    Munster, however, is taking his iPhone OS 4.0 estimates further and proposing that we may also see a new home screen and wireless syncing with iTunes. Ultimately, though, the new iPhone software is merely a grand set-up for a “new, more powerful iPhone hardware,” which most of us are expecting this summer, per Apple's rich history of revealing new versions of the mega-popular handset in mid summer.

    Wu also verbalized the thoughts of many upon learning of the new iPhone OS. This development, in fact, could ultimately prove far more significant for the iPad than it is for the iPhone. "We believe this will be particularly important for the iPad," writes Wu, "due to its much faster processor and much larger screen where users will more likely want the capability to run multiple applications much like most do with their PCs and Macs. We believe this will allow AAPL to deliver a fuller and more differentiated experience on the iPad helping drive greater adoption."

    Apple's iPhone OS 4.0 preview event will take place at 10 a.m. Pacific on Thursday.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Report: Rumors Were Right! iPhone OS 4.0 Will Include Full Multitasking Support started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 116 Comments
    1. iPhoneThereforeIAm's Avatar
      iPhoneThereforeIAm -
      Clever Apple : - lock down a crippled OS, in the certain knowledge that devs will unlock it and save them the huge costs of developing and testing in-house.

      And since the out-sourced development is 'unauthorised/uncopyrighted', it's all freely available to be pirated.

      Steve Jobs : - surely the sassiest digital pirate of all time ?
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      So, again Messany - strip this article down to the facts and it's based upon nothing more than analysts views, opinions and 'inside knowledge' - NO FACTS HERE
    1. Ashton Huey's Avatar
      Ashton Huey -
      wait it comes OUT???? I thought it was just a review of it coming out later...
    1. isham.padron's Avatar
      isham.padron -
      Quote Originally Posted by RonHC View Post
      i can't see multitasking happening with the iPhone 2G and 3G
      I agree. there isn't enough memory in these devices to have full multitasking. I am 100% happy with my iphone. Thanks to Jailbreak I am only limited by speed and memory. I can really only background two apps at a time and still have to be selective when I do that. What Apple needs to do is up the memory and processor speed of these devices then it really wouldn't matter.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ashton Huey View Post
      wait it comes OUT???? I thought it was just a review of it coming out later...
      If last year is anything to go by it will be announced and the first beta will be released to developers, then a new beta every couple of weeks until the new iPhone is officially announced in June/July when the FW is released to the public.
    1. crazy4dss's Avatar
      crazy4dss -
      That means we might not see a jailkreak for the ipad or iphone until OS 4.0 comes out. I wonder will they anounce the release date also......
    1. tjb5099's Avatar
      tjb5099 -
      Will the new firmware be jailbreakable? As long as we have a jailbreakable phone atm we should be fine to upgrade to this newest software correct?

      ~Tim
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Never update until you here it's safe to do so!
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      does anyone have a link for where we can watch or listen to the press conference yet
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      can't wait...finally all the haters and nay sayers can finally zip it!
    1. Bunniesandsheep's Avatar
      Bunniesandsheep -
      I'm really not excited. After all, I've had multitasking for ages.
    1. christoforo's Avatar
      christoforo -
      hopefully they will support original iphones. very unlikely tho
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      ummm where is the feed on this? I would of expected a post about the 4.0 announcement on the modmyi.com homepage by now.
    1. jordonj's Avatar
      jordonj -
      here ya go
      Gizmodo Liveblog
    1. lsutigerfan1976's Avatar
      lsutigerfan1976 -
      Where can i go to get added to download OS 4.0?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Check our BST section.