iPhone OS 4.0 Revealed, Frags The Scene

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Apple CEO and avid turtle neck wearer Steve Jobs revealed the latest iteration of the iPhone OS – 4.0 – which brings some interesting new features to iPhone users. Whilst fanboys from each side will carry on debating what this means to them one way or another, there is one clear fact, fragmentation has come to the Apple-sphere. It’s not surprising this has happened either, the indications have been there since the launch of the iPhone 3GS.

iPhone OS 4

Whilst OS 4.0 will be available to all devices on the platform, some will get certain features like multitasking whilst others won’t – namely the older devices. Take a hint, upgrade and fill Apple’s coffers. As this little paragraph breaks it down for you:

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).

That’s a great excuse to try and get a new device, right? You could just stick with your old device which doesn’t support multitasking, like the they haven’t been since they were launched, you’ve coped so far haven’t you?

The Update
The keynote for the announcement can be found on the Apple website for those that have a keen interest in these things and have missed it, or maybe just like watching Steve Jobs wander around the stage with his black turtle neck – from 1958. But if you want a quick overview of what is in store for with the latest update, just read below, I’ve kindly copy & pasted it, cos you know, the iPhone does that too now;

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.

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