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  • iPhone 4.0 Gets Multitasking, Bluetooth Keyboards, 5x Digital Zoom... and More!



    This morning, Steve presided over a dev preview of iPhone OS 4. And he didn't disappoint.

    The new iPhone OS, which will serve up more than 1,500 new APIs, comes packed with a plethora of awesome, long-awaited features: a social gaming network, advanced eBook reading features, the ability to create playlists, 5x digital zoom, tap to focus on video, geotagging, homescreen wallpaper changes, bluetooth keyboards, spell checker, and more.

    After the hype and a little stroll down iPhone/iPod/iPad memory lane, Steve Jobs finally spoke the words we've been waiting to hear. The iPhone will support multitasking. "Now we weren't the first to this party," said Jobs, "but we're gonna be the best. Just like cut and paste."

    So what took so long you ask? According to Jobs, the team at Apple has been toiling for many month on implementing multitaksing in a way that won't obliterate the iPhone's battery. And, based on the demonstration today, it appears that Apple succeeded in giving customers what they want without exacerbating another longstanding problem in the form of a weak battery.

    So here are the seven services for multitasking: background audio, voice over IP, background location, push notifications, local notifications, task completion, fast app switching. For the demonstration presented, it was awesome to witness how the OS 4, for example, makes it possible for you to obtain directions from a GPS app while still rocking out to the music from the iPod app.

    It's evident from the details provided thus far that Apple has clearly endeavored to give customers many of the features they've demanded at long last. And it also appears they've done so in a very thoughtful, efficient manner that not only satisfies the iPhone user base, but also significantly advances the power and potential of the device itself.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 4.0 Gets Multitasking, Bluetooth Keyboards, 5x Digital Zoom... and More! started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 368 Comments
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by screamforme02 View Post
      wow its getting all the things i have had since 1997, its crazy! but no multitasking for the 3g BOLOGNA i say!!
      What phone did you have in 1997 that had application multitasking, 5x digital camera zoom, touch to focus, etc.?
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      ^wait so there will be no way to manage multitasked apps? damn proswitcher circuitous and even processes in sbs are way better than apples BS
    1. donsamuelgeorge's Avatar
      donsamuelgeorge -
      Will the final release will have better and complete features compared to the dev firmware?
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      I hope the next hardware version of the iPhone has a camera flash....just Steve Jobs can announce on stage "The next iPhone....now with FLASH!"
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      Typically the OS file has been like 110-130MB, but the file I saw was described as being over 300MB..........hmm....
    1. indiscretion's Avatar
      indiscretion -
      Well i guess ill be sticking to 3.0 as I have been doing. i was excited for the multi-tasking until they said 3GS only. Seems ill be waiting on the next iPhone
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2Jaze View Post
      Typically the OS file has been like 110-130MB, but the file I saw was described as being over 300MB..........hmm....
      uhhhh...what? No, they were like 260mb-280mb
    1. mudrock1000's Avatar
      mudrock1000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by geo411m View Post
      This update almost removes the need to jailbreak.
      Then Clearly you are not doing it right!!! Jailbreaking allows you to do anything possible to your iphone that Father Job's doesn't approve...such as custom icons anyone? After all, the hacking and modding community is the back bone of development ideas in my opinion!

      Anyways I'm curious to see how the multi-tasking will be done. I forget which multi tasking thing I use on my iTouch, but I'd love to see that interface. I'm also curious to see how this is going to stack up against my nexus, seeing as how it does this already. I'd love for some improvements.
    1. f34r's Avatar
      f34r -
      Just installed this, its very snappy, dunno if its in my head but my 3GS seems quicker

      Multi tasking is there, again very quick

      The camera zoom just seems to go uber blurry on full zoom, might be the lighting but i assume its intended for a better camera

      What else... Erm... 1st bug I noticed you can set a wallpaper from the photo app on from wallpaper in settings

      Overall so far seems good for a 1st beta
    1. Sigz's Avatar
      Sigz -
      Although OS 4.0 is available for everyone in the summer, not every feature will work with every model. Specifically background applications.

      If you have the 3GS or the 3rd generation iPod Touch, all the features of OS 4.0 will work, including multitasking. If you have an iPhone 3G or the 2nd gen iPod Touch, you can install OS 4.0 but you won’t get multitasking.

      As for those you you who own the original iDevices (2G iPhone or 1st gen iPod Touch), there was no mention of OS 4 compatibility for these models. Although when questioned, Steve Jobs said this:

      The old devices will get the update, but they’ll miss some of these features like multitasking. If that’s an incentive for them to upgrade to a new device…terrific
      Is old devices considered... Iphone 2g?
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      im mad i cant use multitasking on my ipod touch 2g...
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Meh, nothing I want in this update. No ability to send files to other phones through Bluetooth. Fail.
    1. csaqlain's Avatar
      csaqlain -
      $10 dollar donation for spot, if anyone has one open, please pm me, i will greatly appreciate it.
    1. sLevin1fo's Avatar
      sLevin1fo -
      Finally, the phone that does everything. I mean everything,...... w/ limitations.
    1. loop4444's Avatar
      loop4444 -
      does anybody know is there anything else besides multitasking that 3g users wont get?
    1. s1l3nt's Avatar
      s1l3nt -
      runs pretty good on a iphone 3g
    1. geo411m's Avatar
      geo411m -
      Quote Originally Posted by mudrock1000 View Post
      Then Clearly you are not doing it right!!! Jailbreaking allows you to do anything possible to your iphone that Father Job's doesn't approve...such as custom icons anyone? After all, the hacking and modding community is the back bone of development ideas in my opinion!

      Anyways I'm curious to see how the multi-tasking will be done. I forget which multi tasking thing I use on my iTouch, but I'd love to see that interface. I'm also curious to see how this is going to stack up against my nexus, seeing as how it does this already. I'd love for some improvements.
      Dude I think you missed the key word ALMOST
    1. nomercy413's Avatar
      nomercy413 -
      the only good thing about this is we will have native "backgrounding" and folders. Their version of Folders is our Stacks, but our ProSwitcher is still better from what i read. Nothing really new here, we can already do just about everything they said right now ... just its nice to have these native, less chance of apps not playing well with each other. I'll wait for the 4.0 JB before i get this.
    1. Zehlek's Avatar
      Zehlek -
      I look forward to puting 4.0 on my iPhone
    1. Tate002's Avatar
      Tate002 -
      Hey guys does anyone know the status on opera mini?