iPhone OS 4.0 – The Deets


What do you need to know about iPhone OS 4.0? Here you go:

Multitasking

  • Pulls up a dock on the bottom of the screen when you double-click the home key. The dock displays all of your programs that are “running.”
  • Programs aren’t really “running” in the background. Instead, Apple gives apps access to 7 actions to essentially multitask. These are: Background audio, VOIP, Background Location, Push notifications, Local notifications, Task completion and Fast app switching.
  • Apps frozen still essentially, so when you boot them back up, it’ll return to normal state – great for games, I’d imagine.
  • Background audio now allowed. Pandora runs in the background and can use iPod’s lock screen controls.
  • VOIP good to go. You can leave on Skype and it acts just like a regular phone call, but with a red bar on the top when you navigate away from Skype.
  • Task completion – finish uploading a photo to Flickr (per their example) but navigate away from the app
  • Push notifications from apps – That Flickr reminder could in theory pop up if there’s a problem uploading a file.

Folders

  • You can put apps in folders now to organize them. That way you can organize these folders with multiple items inside of them, giving you more room for more apps.
  • Folders can be installed on the dock as well.
  • The image of a folder contains smaller images of the apps inside.
  • 2160 Total Apps available per phone

Wallpaper

  • Background for all app screens, just like the iPad.
  • Can be different for Lock screen and app screen

Mail

  • Unified Inbox (thank god!)
  • Multiple Exchange accounts allowed
  • Follow threads by tapping on “>>” icon
  • Fast inbox switching for going to a dedicated inbox if need be
  • Open attachments with third party apps from the app store

iBooks

  • Support for iPhone
  • Wirelessly syncs books and bookmarks from iPad

Enterprise

  • Mail encryption
  • Wireless app distribution for local companies (You host the app on your server, distribute to clients)
  • Exchange Server 2010
  • SSL VPN Support

Game Center

  • Social gaming network
  • Invite friends, do matchmaking, leaderboards. Think XBox Live for the iPhone

iAd

  • Mobile advertising for the iPhone OS
  • A way to fund free apps, that is “better” than current models
  • Jobs says that people spend 30 minutes in apps each day
  • Apps are interactive and keep the user inside the app they’re currently in
  • Apple hosts ads on their servers, does a 60/40 split (Developers get 60%)
  • All coded in HTML5
  • Tap the banner, and ad pulls up. Then click the “X” icon at the top left corner of the ad, and you’re back in the app
  • Games, maps and videos can be in the ad, making it completely interactive
  • In-ad purchasing as well

The Miscellaneous Stuff

  • Bluetooth keyboards for iPhone
  • Tap to focus for video
  • Calendar access to developers
  • In-app SMS (brilliant)
  • Half-curl page transition – like in iBooks

Availability:

  • iPhone 3GS and 3rd Gen iPod Touch get everything this summer
  • iPhone 3G and 2nd Gen iPod Touch get some but not all features this summer (And they’re not including multitasking)
  • iPad Fall 2010

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Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.

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