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    Default iPhone OS4.0: All the new features






    On April 8, Apple unveiled plans for the biggest and most exciting iPhone software update yet. iPhone OS 4 will include over 100 new user features for iPhone and iPod touch owners to enjoy. And for developers, a new software development kit (SDK) offers over 1500 new APIs to create apps that are even more powerful, innovative, and amazing.
    iPhone OS 4 will ship this summer for iPhone and iPod touch, and for iPad in the fall. A developer beta is available now.


    100+ New User Features (source: apple.com)


    With iPhone OS 4, iPhone owners will enjoy over 100 new features that make it easier to interact with apps, manage email, read books, and more. New features include the following:



    • Multitasking

      Developers will have access to seven multitasking services, which will allow tasks to be performed in the background while preserving performance and battery life. So you’ll be able to make a Voice over IP call while playing a game or checking email, find a restaurant on Urbanspoon while listening to Pandora, and more.
    • Folders

      Organize apps into folders with drag-and-drop simplicity. Get faster access to your favorites and browse and manage up to 2160 apps at once — many more than the current limit of 180 apps.


    • Even Better Mail

      See messages from all your email accounts displayed together in a unified inbox, switch between inboxes more quickly, organize messages by threads, and even open attachments in third-party apps.
    • iBooks

      The best way to browse, buy, and read books on a mobile device. Easily flip through the pages of a book you've downloaded from the iBookstore while listening to your music collection. Browse tens of thousands of books — many of them free — by title, author, or genre. You can even check out reviews and read sample pages before you buy.


    iPhone OS 4 Compatibility

    iPhone OS 4 will work with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and the second- and third-generation iPod touch this summer, and with iPad in the fall. Not all features are compatible with all devices. For example, multitasking is available only with iPhone 3GS and the third-generation iPod touch (32GB and 64GB models from late 2009).


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    From Engadget.com

    Notable new features for users ("tentpoles" are in bold):
    • Multitasking.
    • Spell check (like on the iPad).
    • Bluetooth keyboard support (again, on the iPad).
    • User-defined wallpaper (a jailbreak favorite).
    • Tap to focus when recording video, just like with photos, and a 5x digital zoom for the camera.
    • Playlist creation and nested playlists.
    • App folders for sorting apps! You can even put an app folder in the dock.
    • Enhanced Mail! You can have a merged inbox view, switch between inboxes quickly, and sync to more than one Exchange account. There's also threaded messaging (at last!) and in-app attachment viewing.
    • iBooks, just like on iPad, only smaller. You can wirelessly sync books between platforms, a la Kindle.
    • Enterprise features, including remote device management and wireless app distribution.
    • Game Center. It's like Xbox Live, but for iPhone games. Includes achievements, leaderboards, and match making. It will be available as a "developer preview," and out for consumers later this year.


    Developers are getting plenty of new tricks too:
    • New SDK, available today.
    • 1,500 new APIs.
    • Background audio (think Pandora).
    • Background VoIP (think Skype).
    • Background location data, both with live GPS for backgrounded turn-by-turn, and cell tower-based for lower power draw.
    • Local notifications. Like push notifications, but sends a notification straight from the app without needing a push notification server, perfect for an alarm, for instance.
    • Fast app switching. Saves the state of an app and resumes it from where you left off, without dwelling in memory.
    • iAd. Apple says it's for keeping "free apps free." The ads keep you in the app, while also taking over the screen and adding interactivity -- using HTML 5 for video -- up to simple gaming in-ad. Apple will offer a 60 / 40 split on revenue, and users can even buy apps straight from an ad.
    • In-app SMS.
    • Map overlays.
    • Quick look for previewing documents.
    • Photo Library access.
    • Calendar access.
    • Full access to the camera.
    • Video playback and capture.
    • Date and address "data detectors."
    • Automated testing and performance / power analysis (the same tools Apple uses).
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