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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. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      lol. apple is a bunch of fags for not allow 2g ipt and iphone 3g multitasking. If I can do it with backgrounder, then I can do it with your *** system
    1. ForumSnoBorderRK's Avatar
      ForumSnoBorderRK -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      ^ PM me I got ya
      sb! the iPad's release wont be out till FALL.
      I hope you're not too bummed!

      and ahhhhhh if everybody wasnt asking you for a spot on your dev account i wouldve already asked. too bad
    1. neodude237's Avatar
      neodude237 -
      [/requesting to be added to a dev list, can help test stuff]
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      Whats the big deal? I've been able to do pretty much all of this for over a year now with my 3GS. It's called Backgrounder, Kirikae, Winterboard, Categories and many more. Apple is definitely way late to the party!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ForumSnoBorderRK View Post
      sb! the iPad's release wont be out till FALL.
      I hope you're not too bummed!

      and ahhhhhh if everybody wasnt asking you for a spot on your dev account i wouldve already asked. too bad

      I am hoping it will show up in the downloads section soon. I dunno. I will have more spots today
    1. Niner1000RR's Avatar
      Niner1000RR -
      With the addition of BT keyboard support, does this use the same BT profiles that would allow us to control the tracks with our BT headphones??? Anyone?

      And no new phone, WTF?
    1. Pizentu's Avatar
      Pizentu -
      Quote Originally Posted by hpsauxe View Post
      much point in jailbreaking?
      Ummmmm, YES. I came name at least one, Themes.
    1. symondavis's Avatar
      symondavis -
      My Apple Developer account is down, the site is up for an update!!

      OMG I'm excited.

      I have a few slots on my Account left. But don't flood me with requests.
    1. ForumSnoBorderRK's Avatar
      ForumSnoBorderRK -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I am hoping it will show up in the downloads section soon. I dunno. I will have more spots today
      well let me know my man! i will PM you just so you have me in your inbox again haha.
      But yeah I believe appleinsider is receiving feeds from multiple sites, and they listed on there that Jobs said the iPad release will not be out till Fall.
    1. geo411m's Avatar
      geo411m -
      Stealth I would love to be added to your list.

      Edit: If anyone wants to invite me please feel free to do so.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      you have to donate to get on one of the devs here account.
    1. kingbijan's Avatar
      kingbijan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rcooley617 View Post
      anybody know a release date?
      this ******* summer we gotta wait so long!
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      FYI, this is not the "add me!" thread. This is the 4.0 thread so enough with the begging.
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      hopefully some devs can make the ps3 bluetooth controller work with my iphone
    1. pyrotek's Avatar
      pyrotek -
      DAMN! Just about every reason I jailbreak covered by an Apple update!??!?!?!?!

      AM I SLEEPING!? lol

      Can't wait for the dev preview. Portal is currently locked down.
    1. itsajeepthing03's Avatar
      itsajeepthing03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Niner1000RR View Post
      With the addition of BT keyboard support, does this use the same BT profiles that would allow us to control the tracks with our BT headphones??? Anyone?
      Music Controls in Cydia just added support for this TODAY!
    1. nerdsmcgee's Avatar
      nerdsmcgee -
      I have 50 spots open. PM me.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      I saw "in app SMS" on the list somewhere... Might not need quicksms anymore .

      When's the new iPhone getting announced?!
    1. miistahmagic's Avatar
      miistahmagic -
      EXACTLY! nobody wants to be bothered with that crap its bad enough on the computer, television, billboards ect. Don't ruin my iPhone experience too...
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      ^couple months probably