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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. rico3459's Avatar
      rico3459 -
      I know it sounds like they are going to do it better.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by geo411m View Post
      This update almost removes the need to jailbreak.
      i will always jaibreak,because apple is never going to give us everything we want in one os so there will always be a reason to jailbreak.
    1. Mike_7318's Avatar
      Mike_7318 -
      Soo awesome. Can't wait to get it, I'll wait for the jailbreak though just in case
    1. Davisman's Avatar
      Davisman -
      Quote Originally Posted by geo411m View Post
      This update almost removes the need to jailbreak.
      Jailbreaking almost removes the need to update...
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      It definitely adds a lot of features I've been looking forward to, I will definitely be downloading the keynote tonight.
    1. hpsauxe's Avatar
      hpsauxe -
      ahhhhhh no multitasking for 3g
    1. nora47's Avatar
      nora47 -
      of course no multitask for 3g, sticking with the jailbreak then
    1. metaljay's Avatar
      metaljay -
      stealth can i get in on the beta program please
      i PM'd you

      all these 4.0 addons, are bad for the jailbreak community
    1. lightning413's Avatar
      lightning413 -
      Hey Stealth, I know you'll probably get a ton of requests today but if you can spare one, let me know.

      l413
    1. nora47's Avatar
      nora47 -
      and the os will be released this summer, def preview today. Ipad release this fall
    1. swampzy's Avatar
      swampzy -
      wow not surprised, no iPhone OS 4.0 for my 2g iPhone. Thanks Apple.
    1. ericwuzneverhere's Avatar
      ericwuzneverhere -
      "And, for iPhone 3G and iPod touch 2nd gen, they will run many things... but there are some things they won't run, like multitasking."

      WHAT NO MULTITASKING FOR iPhone 3G?! THIS IS MADNESS! NO THIS IS SPARTTTAAA. no seriously, NO MULTITASKING FOR IPHONE 3G?!
    1. cir_osis's Avatar
      cir_osis -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      i will always jaibreak,because apple is never going to give us everything we want in one os so there will always be a reason to jailbreak.
      I totally agree, I'll continue to jailbreak. I really like that Apple has chosen to do this, but the iAd stuff is a bit to much.
    1. moneybanks14's Avatar
      moneybanks14 -
      ok looks like i need to update my ipod touch 1g glad i still have my 3gs though.
    1. nora47's Avatar
      nora47 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cir_osis View Post
      I totally agree, I'll continue to jailbreak. I really like that Apple has chosen to do this, but the iAd stuff is a bit to much.
      I think proswitcher is perfect on my 3g, no lag or massive battery drain. So i would still jailbreak. And yeah iad is a little much, they only wanted it to keep it out of the hands of somebody else.
    1. geo411m's Avatar
      geo411m -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheAaronHarris View Post
      Geo411m, ur dumb......
      You need to watch your mouth!

      Noticed I said Almost
    1. Classick's Avatar
      Classick -
      Wait, the multitasking isn't for the 3G? Lol **** that. Looks like I'll be staying on 3.whatever I'm on right now.
    1. jordonj's Avatar
      jordonj -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I am going to start all downloads But I am installing on my iPad first

      excited for this!

      ..backing up iphone now
    1. moneybanks14's Avatar
      moneybanks14 -
      was hoping for a change of icons as well it all looks a little outdated, no need for me to update really jailbreak does nearly all those things i want.
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      LOL

      i love how the first questions in the Q&A are about AT&T's increasingly crappy network!


      11:08AM Q: But what about Pandora? A: (Jobs) I don't think you're right. It doesn't use that much data.

      11:07AM Q: Given that multitasking will increase data usage, how do you think AT&T will handle that? A: (Jobs) I'm not sure that's a correct assumption.