Apple iPhone OS 4 Rolled Out; To Arrive This Summer With Multitasking Features

April 9, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Apple has lifted the wraps off its iPhone OS 4, with a promise that it would start shipping this Summer.  As you already know, the new OS will come with features that sport multitasking functionalities. We are told that the iPhone 3GS and the new-generation iPod touch will get all the features, though the iPhone 3G, original iPhone, and older iPod touches may miss out on some.

What indeed interests us is the multitasking aspect, and we are just waiting for the new OS to arrive on to our devices with added interest just because of that.

Apart from the multitasking promise, Apple has showcased a whole new array of other features too that spur us to us go after the new OS. To name a handful of them, the iPhone OS 4 will sport spell-check, Bluetooth keyboard support, user-defined wallpaper, options for play list creation and app folders for sorting apps. Besides, you will get to focus while video recording is on by mere taps, and also a feature that would let you have a merged inbox view. Options to switch between inboxes in a jiffy would be an add-on. We would like to applaud the threaded messaging feature and also the in-app attachment viewing features that have been factored in.

Apple is also believed to be throwing in an iBook feature where you can wirelessly sync books between platforms, plus options like remote device management and wireless app distribution. For the gaming enthusiast in you, the new OS will come with a Game Center to let you play iPhone games, much akin to how you do it on Xbox Live.

For the developer out there in your midst, the OS will bring in the SDK, 1,500 new APIs, background audio, VoIP and location data, as well as push notifications that helps send notifications straight from the app without needing a push notification server. We really would like to see for real the app switching feature, and the iAd that tags along. These are just a few. Watch out for more so that you wouldn’t miss the awesome OS that is due this summer.

(Via Engadget)

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