- Apple officially announces iPhone 4
- iPhone 4 available on June 24 in US, France, Germany, Japan and UK
Some say rumours travel faster than light. While there is no actual way to prove this, the whole Apple community lives and thrives on them. It even seems to have found a way to actually harness the power of rumours to stay afloat. And now, following the recent appearance of the possibly hi-res iPhone 4G (iPhone 3,1) in Apple’s firmware, the future versions of the OS have been spotted in the wild as well. All of this may also point to the iSlate.
For those of you still in the dark, the developers of San Francisco’s public transportation guide, iBart, have been mining device information for quite some time now. And about a month ago, they announced that a previously unknown iPhone has been sending back information. This iPhone is designated iPhone 3,1 by Apple and coincides with the appearance of the iPhone 2,1 (more commonly known as the iPhone 3GS) about a year back. These reports have also been confirmed by Pinch Media. And Apple’s long-time production partner, Foxconn, are rumoured to have started stamping out the new iPhone.
And this just in – the admins over at boygeniusreport.com have uncovered traces of future iPhone OS versions in their server logs. Along with the old iPhone OS 2_2 and the more current iPhone OS 3_0_1 the yet not generally available iPhone OS 3_1_3 and iPhone OS 4_0 have been spotted. And while a minor OS update is anticipated, 4.0 has come out of the blue. What did the big boys at the bad A add to feature list to warrant another major release? Beats me! Here are just some shots in the dark:
- Full-featured multitasking (like is available to the Jailbreak community using Backgrounder + Multifl0w)
- Full-featured file browser (at least of a limited folder, like the Photoalbum, iTunes, etc.)
- SMS tones customization and individual assignment
- SMS Delivery Reports
- Native To-Do Application
- Taskbar notifications of things like missed calls, sms, etc.
- Quick toggle of various iPhone functions (like SBSettings)
- iTunes sync of various app data (like eWallet, PocketMoney, various Notes apps, etc.)
Most probably, 4.0 alpha is being tested on a similarly alpha version of the next-gen iPhone 4G. So what could it look like? I’ve assembled some mock-ups from around the web for your pleasure. Make sure to comment what you’d like to see in the 4G iPhone with the new 4.0 software.