As most ZNF readers know, Apple held an event yesterday to unveil iPhone 4.0 OS – consisting of 100 new user features and 1500 new developer hooks. And with the introduction of multitasking (of any stripe) and folders for app organization, I’d say the platform is now feature complete. Certainly those were my top two requests. Although, I’m bummed Apple stuck with their minimalist and intrusive notification system. Home screen widgetry would have been a nice enhancement, too.
The iPhone OS 4 will be made available (in varying degrees) to iPhones this summer and to the iPad next fall. It’s also safe to assume there will be new iPhone hardware this summer, perhaps containing additional surprises.
I briefly toyed with the idea of paying the $99 developer fee to upgrade now, but after brainstorming with Jason Chen, Kevin Tofel, and MethodicJon I’ve decided to save the cash as there’s really no multitasking-enabled apps available at the moment. Plus, should the developer build be buggy, there’s no rolling back.
- I’m live from the Android 8.0 event.
- Multitasking? Poor Windows Phone 7 Series.
- Man, Windows 3.1 rocks! Multitasking, folders, and MY OWN wallpaper.
- All joking aside, the folders implementation looks really well done. But notifications/alerts still need serious help…
- Wow, Apple beat Microsoft to a mobile Xbox Live. Snooze you lose. They’re not hungry enough. Or too bloated?
- I can’t wait for more advertising in my apps.
- AT&T is going to have to throttle those streaming, interactive, bandwidth hogging ads. Sorry, Apple.
- Ha! First and second gen iPhone owners get iAds but not multitasking? Make ’em all upgrade, Steve.
- Nice Apple presentation. I’ll buy an iPad next fall when it has folders & I can multitask. In the meantime, when’s the Sprint Nexus One hit?