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iPhone 4 summary

dev Matt posted a little snippet of news about iPhone 4.0 OS earlier, basically the biggest news being that it shall now and finally support multitasking without having to resort to being jailbroken!

There are 100 new or enhanced features in the updated OS, not surprisingly not all 100 were listed during the press conference but there were 7 key features or ‘tentpole features’ as they were called.

  1. Multitasking
  2. Folder
  3. Enhanced Email
  4. iBooks for iPhone
  5. Enterprise
  6. Game center
  7. iADs

 

So what are these features all about?

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Apple Previews iPhone OS 4

image CUPERTINO, California—April 8, 2010—Apple® today previewed its iPhone® OS 4 software and released a beta version of the software to iPhone Developer Program members. The iPhone OS 4 beta release includes an updated Software Development Kit (SDK) with over 1,500 new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and over 100 new features that will be available to iPhone and iPod touch® users this summer. New features include Multitasking for third party apps; Folders to better organize and access apps; improved Mail with a unified inbox, fast inbox switching and threaded messages; enhanced Enterprise support with even better data protection, mobile device management, wireless app distribution and more; Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform; and iBooks, the delightful new ebook reader and online bookstore recently debuted on the iPad™.

“iPhone OS 4 is the fourth major release of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re delivering over 100 new features, including multitasking, folders, a unified inbox, deeper Enterprise support, and an iPhone version of our iBooks reader and online iBookstore.”

iPhone OS 4’s new multitasking offers users a new way to quickly move between apps, and provides developers seven new multitasking services to easily add multitasking features to their apps. These services include background audio, so apps like Pandora can play music in the background, and VoIP, so VoIP apps can receive a VoIP call even when the iPhone is asleep or the user is running other apps. iPhone OS 4 provides multitasking to third party apps while preserving battery life and foreground app performance, which has until now proved elusive on mobile devices.

Folders help users better organize and quickly access their apps. Simply drag one app icon onto another, and a new folder is automatically created. The folder is automatically given a name based on the App Store category of that app, such as “Games,” which the user can easily rename. Using folders, users can now organize and access over 2,000 apps on their iPhone. Users can also create and manage iPhone folders on their Mac® or PC using iTunes® 9.2.

iPhone OS 4 delivers the best mail experience on a mobile phone with its new Unified Inbox, allowing users to see messages from all their email accounts displayed together in a single inbox. With just a few taps, users can quickly switch between inboxes to see messages from any single account. In addition, users can now thread their messages by conversation, making it easier to stay on top of email discussions, as well as open email attachments with compatible apps from the App Store. 

iAd, Apple’s new mobile advertising platform, combines the emotion of TV ads with the interactivity of web ads. Today, when users click on mobile ads they are almost always taken out of their app to a web browser, which loads the advertiser’s webpage. Users must then navigate back to their app, and it is often difficult or impossible to return to exactly where they left. iAd solves this problem by displaying full-screen video and interactive ad content without ever leaving the app, and letting users return to their app anytime they choose. iPhone OS 4 lets developers easily embed iAd opportunities within their apps, and the ads are dynamically and wirelessly delivered to the device. Apple will sell and serve the ads, and developers will receive an industry-standard 60 percent of iAd revenue.

The iPhone OS 4 beta release includes a developer preview of Game Center, which contains a set of APIs that allows developers to create apps with the ability to invite friends to play a game, start a multiplayer game through matchmaking and track achievements and compare high scores on a leader board. Apps created with GameKit APIs will work with Game Center, Apple’s new social gaming network available to iPhone and iPod touch users later this year.

New enterprise features in iPhone OS 4 include improvements in security, scalability and compatibility. The new Mobile Device Management service can be integrated with third party servers to wirelessly configure, query and even wipe or lock managed iPhones, and iPhone OS 4 enables enterprises to securely host and wirelessly distribute their own in-house developed apps to employees. The new Data Protection feature uses a user’s passcode as an encryption key to protect mail messages and attachments stored on the iPhone. iPhone OS 4 now provides the option to set a longer, more complex passcode, making iPhone and its data even more secure. iPhone OS 4 allows IT managers to set up multiple Exchange ActiveSync accounts, is compatible with Exchange Server 2010 and includes support for forthcoming SSL VPN applications from Juniper Networks and Cisco.

Today, more than four billion apps have been downloaded from the revolutionary App Store and more than 185,000 apps are available to consumers in 90 countries. Over 85 million iPhone and iPod touch users around the world can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.

Availability
The iPhone OS 4 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iPhone Developer Program members atdeveloper.apple.com. iPhone OS 4 will be available as a software update to iPhone and iPod touch users this summer.* A version of iPhone OS 4 will be coming to iPad this Fall.

*Some features may not be available on all products. For example, Multitasking requires iPhone 3GS or third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB).

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iPhone finally gets multitasking!

iphone-os-4-0120-rm-eng As you may have seen us mention a few days ago, Apple are holding a big press conference today where they are going to tell the world about iPhone OS 4.0

James is watching the event live and will have more detailed coverage for us later but for now I just wanted to jump in with the latest news from the event and to put many of you out of your misery:

The iPhone will finally get proper multitasking!

iPhone OS 4.0 will be here later this year ‘summer time’ and will include about a hundred new features, including this much desired and requested feature!

 

Posted by: Matt

Image courtesy of Engadget.

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HTC Desire on Orange

Desire B

All of the major UK carriers are rolling out the HTC Desire and I have just spoken with our ‘Orange man’ who has confirmed that the HTC Desire has been heading out to their UK stores over the past few days. It will also appear on the orange website later today or tomorrow.

Initially they will stock the brown version but towards the end of April they will have exclusively the nice black version.

The question is can you wait for the black or do you need one now!

Keep an eye on orange.co.uk over the next 24 hours for more details and price plans.

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HTC HD2 Car Pack Mini Review

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When the HTC HD2 was released it created a huge amount of interest and it still does now, a few months on. There are a few options available for mounting the HD2 in car and here we have a very cost effective option courtesy of mobilefun.co.uk

From a personal prospective I actually use mobillefun for most of my accessories and have always been impressed with the service. Ordering online is painless and on most occasions I have received the purchased items next day. (I’m not being paid to say this!)

As you can imagine there is only so much you can say about an in car phone holder so this will be short and sweet.

If you could do with an in car holder for your HTC HD2 read on after the break.

 

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