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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. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      Isn't this just another rumor too? lol I doubt there'll be multitasking, maybe just the 3GS, the others couldn't be able to handle it.
    1. gage006's Avatar
      gage006 -
      I'm much more excited for wireless itunes syncing, something the jailbreak community can't even accomplish.
    1. eyepoper's Avatar
      eyepoper -
      Yeah me too tinking that Multitasking will be for 3Gs and up..perhaps even NO 3Gs also..only for A4 CPU CHIP.that is 1Ghz or higher.
      Very Afraid for that...either way I have to Sell my 3G for buying the upcoming iPhone
      So wont be a BIGGGG issue..
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      How exactly does this confirm a rumor?

      "Until now, reports of full multitasking support on the iPhone have been based almost entirely on rumor and speculation."

      "Wu's sources inside Apple leaked the info shortly after Thursday's event was announced."

      The information is still coming from an all knowing source. Give me a break.

      And Gene Munster is as big a moron. He posted that Apple sold 700,000 iPads over the weekend and then Apple came out Monday and released news they had sold 300,000. Know how Munster got that 700,000 number? He called Apple stores about how long the lines were and averaged it out over 200 US based Apple stores then doubled or tripled it.

      Sure, all rumors are now vindicated by another source. Slow news day, huh...
    1. haibane's Avatar
      haibane -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Sounds great! Can't wait to load 4.0 on my iPad on Thursday
      Have fun paying for that software update
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Now I don't need an unlock I could actually play with the beta.
      All I need to do is find a dev to add my udid....
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by haibane View Post
      Have fun paying for that software update
      Payed developers = free updates...have fun missing that update
      And I haz payed dev account
      Here's the A4 chip getting raped lol
      Apple A4 Teardown - iFixit
    1. SuperVee3's Avatar
      SuperVee3 -
      you can't win them all. but you do gotta admit when Apple does decide to do it.... they do it better. native MMS > swirlymms, native video recording > cycorder & iphone video recorder, hell just buying from the Appstore is easier than buying from Cydiastore. but again u can't win them all those of us that have jailbroken/are jailbroken know it's worth the longer, complicated process to get what we want our iPhones to do.
    1. haibane's Avatar
      haibane -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      Payed developers = free updates...have fun missing that update
      And I haz payed dev account
      Here's the A4 chip getting raped lol
      Apple A4 Teardown - iFixit
      I was directing that at the guy who was so happy to load it on his iPad. Last I checked all iPad updates are not free
    1. qmega's Avatar
      qmega -
      Quote Originally Posted by oo3 View Post
      I wonder if the multitasking support will be for 3GS only...
      More likely for the new iPhone only...
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Wasn't there a jailbreak solution to run 3.0 beta last time? Cause I can remember running the beta without getting my UDID registered. PwnageTool worked some magic or something

      And frankly, the beta messed up some app store apps and blew up some MS extension compatibility, so I probably won't update till the real deal
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by haibane View Post
      Have fun paying for that software update
      OS 4.x is free for all iPad customers.

      Apple will provide you any iPad OS software updates that it may release from time to time, up to and including the next major iPad OS software release following the version of iPad OS software that originally shipped from Apple on your iPad, for free. For example, if your iPad originally shipped with iPad 3.x software, Apple would provide you with any iPad OS software updates it might release up to and including the iPad 4.x software release. Such updates and releases may not necessarily include all of the new software features that Apple releases for newer iPad models.

      DailyTech - IPad Users Get One Free Major OS Upgrade and Then Will Have to Pay
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by qmega View Post
      More likely for the new iPhone only...
      So they'll be announcing 4.0, but not the features?
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Just like when 2.0 and 3.0 came out they will run through every new feature and what iDevice it applies to.
    1. elementvdz's Avatar
      elementvdz -
      Quote Originally Posted by haibane View Post
      I was directing that at the guy who was so happy to load it on his iPad. Last I checked all iPad updates are not free
      I'm pretty sure Stealth is tied to a dev account too.



      Also, why is everyone being so negative in advance? Just wait for the update to actually drop, then if it's as bad as you guys make it out to be, you can complain.
    1. haibane's Avatar
      haibane -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      OS 4.x is free for all iPad customers.
      thanks for elaborating .
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      words
      I don't know another consumer electronics company that charges premiums for its software updates. And don't even bother trying to list any that do; if there are any, that means I didn't already know about them, so therefore they don't matter.
    1. RKirk7741's Avatar
      RKirk7741 -
      Hoo-Ray
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Just like when 2.0 and 3.0 came out they will run through every new feature and what iDevice it applies to.
      What I meant is they're not going to say "And we're adding multitasking to the iPhone! However, it will not be available for any iPhone versions including and preceding the 3G S." They'll have to announce a new phone right there, then.

      I know they did the voice control thing, but that was more hardware than software as hackers can't even get that working on the 3G. (Bluetooth and MMS were just dumb software restrictions.)
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      I don't know another consumer electronics company that charges premiums for its software updates. And don't even bother trying to list any that do; if there are any, that means I didn't already know about them, so therefore they don't matter.
      This isn't just a "software update".. think of it more like an OS overhaul. Win 95 - 98 - 2000 - XP - Vista - W7... you have to pay for all those "software updates". Tiger - Leopard - Snow Leopard... same concept. "Minor" updates within the same overall OS are free. 10.6 > 10.6.2 >10.6.3 but when you go up to 10.7 this is considered a "major" update and warrants a fee.

      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      What I meant is they're not going to say "And we're adding multitasking to the iPhone! However, it will not be available for any iPhone versions including and preceding the 3G S." They'll have to announce a new phone right there, then.

      I know they did the voice control thing, but that was more hardware than software as hackers can't even get that working on the 3G. (Bluetooth and MMS were just dumb software restrictions.)
      It's anticipated that the annoucment of the new iPhone will take place at this event also. Usually Apple does this a couple months before the in store/ship date much like the last 3 iPhones and the iPad.