Apple’s iOS 4: What’s in it?

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“Most advanced Mobile OS in the world.”
— Steve Jobs

That’s what Steve said about the new version of iPhone OS ver. 4 or now called iOS 4. Apple renamed from iPhone OS 4 to iOS4, since it was being used on iPad, iPhones and iPod Touch. It’s just obvious to remove the phone to streamline the name with all the other products of Apple.

As mentioned by Steve on his keynote speech, the new iOS4 has over 1500 developer API’s and over 100 new features, which he left with the developer on how to utilize those API’s and features on the Apps that they are creating. However, Steve highlighted some of the features of the new iOS4, like Mail, Multi-tasking, Folders implementation, Retina display and a new user interface.

Multitasking – was improved and developed so that it will not drain the battery when using multiple apps at the same time.
Folders implementation – where you can just drag on apps icon to another to automatically create a folder if they are in the same category, but you can still rename the folder is you want to.
Improved Mail – now uses a unified inbox, it also organize messages by threads.
Wireless distribution of Apps (a.k.a. Gift apps) – where you can send apps as gifts to your family and friends.
3 Search Engine – Google (default), Yahoo and now Bing.

Other notable features of iOS 4:
Support custom playlist creation for iTunes
Tap-to-focus video
5x digital zoom for camera
“Faces and Places” (geo tagging?)
Home screen wallpaper
You can visit Apple’s iOS 4 Software Update page for more information.

iOS 4 is compatible to iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch except 1st gen. However not all features of iOS 4 will be available to all devices. For example, multitasking is available only with iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

So that question now is how can we upgrade to iOS 4, for owners of iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch? I’ll get back to you on that topic, since I also want to upgrade the OS of my iTouch. 🙂

image from apple.com

Last modified: June 10, 2010

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