iPhone OS 4.0 to include over 100 new features

Apple’s iPhone OS 4.0 event is on the verge of wrapping up and Jobs delivered plenty of good news for iPhone users. Over 100 new features will be included in the upcoming OS, some of which will likely change the way you currently interact with your phone. The major highlights include: Multitasking (finally!), the ability to create folders for your apps/games, iBooks for iPhone and iPod Touch, enhanced mail (all your mail will be in one inbox), the launch of Apple’s own version of Xbox Live (dubbed Game Center) and much much more. Here are some of the other more noteworthy 4.0 features and enhancements :

  • Playlist Creation
  • 5x digital zoom
  • tap to focus on video
  • Gifting of apps
  • Change the homescreen wallpaper
  • Bluetooth keyboards
  • Search SMS/MMS messages
  • iPod out
  • Websearch suggestions
  • Birthday Calendar
  • Choose Image Size in mail mesages

There is certainly a tonne of stuff to digest from the 4.0 event. Not only will we be seeing multitasking and folder support this summer, but it seems 4.0 is ready to take the iPhone to the next level. So, is OS 4.0 pretty much what you expected?

iPhone 4.0 OS event coming April 8th

Fresh off the launch of the iPad this past Saturday, Apple have announced that an iPhone 4.0 OS event will take place on April 8th (this Thursday) at 10AM PT. Tagged with the caption “Get a sneak peek into the future of iPhone OS”, this upcoming event should give us a much better idea as to what can be expected (officially) from this major OS update. It has already been reported that 4.0 will have multitasking implemented, though we won’t know for sure until the 8th. If multitasking does surface, will it mean the same for the iPad in the near future? We’ll be sure to follow this one closely…

In the mean time, have a look at what our forum members are hoping for in the iPhone 4.0 OS.

[via engadget]

Multitasking on iPhone 4.0 via Expose like Interface

Multitasking: Public Enemy #1 on PleaseFixTheiPhone.com

With Copy and Paste and MMS Support now out of the way, Multitasking on the iPhone (non-jailbroken) remains one of the most sought after and desirable features for the next major OS update. While it has been rumored that OS 4.0 will implement some form of multitasking, AppleInsider has just reported that the 4.0 software will indeed allow 3rd party apps to run in the background. To switch between apps, users will experience something similar to Mac OS X’s Expose interface:

Those familiar with the design of iPhone 4.0 said that the user interface will resemble Apple’s desktop Expose feature, in that a key combination — reportedly hitting the Home button twice — will trigger an expose-like interface that brings up a series of icons representing the currently running apps, allowing users to quickly select the one they want to switch to directly. When a selection is made, the iPhone OS zooms out of the Expose task manager and transitions to that app.

When Multitasking does come to fruition for the iPhone, users will no longer have to complain about lagging behind other smart phones that DO support it. So, will Apple eventually cave in and allow for flash on the iDevice? Only time will tell.