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Apple to introduce iPhone OS 4.0 on April 8

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Apple on Monday announced that it will formally introduce the next version of its mobile operating system, iPhone OS 4.0, at a special event scheduled for this week, April 8.

Apple sent out invitations on Monday for the event, scheduled for 10 a.m. Pacific, offering a "sneak peek of the next generation of iPhone software," according to Engadget. The event will be held at the company's Cupertino, Calif., campus.

Apple is expected to release iPhone OS 4.0, along with a new version of its iPhone, this summer at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

In March AppleInsider reported that Apple plans to add full multitasking support in the forthcoming release of the 4.0 software update. Sources said that the company has developed a "full-on solution" to allow multitasking of third-party applications on the App Store.

The existing iPhone 3.x software is a fully preemptive multitasking operating system, but it only allows Apple-developed applications to run in the background.

Released on Saturday, the iPad runs a new version of the iPhone OS, version 3.2, that is only compatible with the new device. In February, Apple released iPhone OS 3.1.3 with a battery reporting fix.



iPhone OS 2.0 granted the iPhone the ability to run third-party applications natively with the App Store. It was released in 2008, and in less than two years has resulted in 150,000 applications created for the platform.

In 2009, Apple released iPhone OS 3.0 adding cut, copy and paste, MMS, voice memos, and Spotlight search.
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Don't know why they didn't release it on same date as iPad???
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post #3 of 218
Holy shit! That's in 3 days!!

I love it, let it be good with new iPad features too!
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As a developer I am excited yet as a consumer I am pissed because I just bought an iPad Saturday and now will have to pay (if I read the Appleinsider Article correctly) to upgrade it to 4.0 (well obviously not the beta's since I am an AD).

Edit: take that back "For example, if your iPad originally shipped with iPad 3.x software, Apple would provide you with any iPad OS software updates it might release up to and including the iPad 4.x software release. Such updates and releases may not necessarily include all of the new software features that Apple releases for newer iPad models."

So they knew 4.0 would be that close to releasing the iPad, maybe that's why I'm having a few issues with mine, such as the Wifi dropping
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post #5 of 218
Sweet! Bring on multitasking!
post #6 of 218
Multitasking and 5M camera please!
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Originally Posted by O4BlackWRX View Post

As a developer I am excited yet as a consumer I am pissed because I just bought an iPad Saturday and now will have to pay (if I read the Appleinsider Article correctly) to upgrade it to 4.0 (well obviously not the beta's since I am an AD).

The agreement says they'll give you the next major update free as well, meaning you won't have to pay for 4.0 and all of its updates.


The meeting is scheduled for 10am PST according to gizmodo.
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Originally Posted by FineTunes View Post

Don't know why they didn't release it on same date as iPad???

Why bury one message underneath a completely different one?

C.
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Originally Posted by FineTunes View Post

Don't know why they didn't release it on same date as iPad???

Not ready yet.

It will get released with the next iPhone in late June I would expect then be available to iPad users the same day as the phone comes out.

Will give developers a solid 3 months or so to work on it.
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I wonder if Apple will release iPhone OS 4.0 for the iPad and iPhone/iPod touch at the same time? It seems that it would make sense to align the releases from here on out.
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As a developer I am excited yet as a consumer I am pissed because I just bought an iPad Saturday and now will have to pay (if I read the Appleinsider Article correctly) to upgrade it to 4.0 (well obviously not the beta's since I am an AD).

No I don't think you read that correctly. iPads are eligible for a free upgrade to the next MAJOR version of the OS. So you bought 3.2 iPad, you'll be able to upgrade to 4.x for free. If you were to buy a 4.0 iPad in a few months you'd get 5.x for free. Etc.

Not sure if they only did this because 4.0 was right around the corner or if this will be the rule going forward.
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Multitasking and 5M camera please!

I don't believe an operating system can upgrade your hardware.

C.
post #13 of 218
i think this is bigger news than many expect. this should given them a bit of breathing room ahead of android.
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Don't know why they didn't release it on same date as iPad???

Apple is testing out how many people will say "how high" when they say jump.

(I'm assuming by "it" that you meant the invitation, and not the actual iPhone OS 4.0 software.)
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I don't believe an operating system can upgrade your hardware.

C.

It's my wish for my next phone.
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Multitasking and 5M camera please!

This event is only for the software, so if there is to be a 5M camera in the next iPhone, it won't be announced.
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post #17 of 218
For those wondering about the timing, note that this is an OS preview. It's not necessarily an OS release.
There is nothing yet to suggest that the software is ready for deployment.
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post #18 of 218
Wasn't expecting it so quickly but that's awesome can't waitttt
post #19 of 218
Uh-oh.

A seriously tough month on my wallet. \
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So are the rumors saying the UI will be new looking, or will the changes just effect things going on "behind the scenes"?
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So, I assume that having put up with incredibly dull discussions about why iPhone is crap because it doesn't have multi-tasking, we'll now no doubt have incredibly dull discussions about why they implemented it incorrectly. Or it hurts the battery life. Or it still fails to get you a girlfriend whilst you bang on about multi-tasking!
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Let's see how much they change the iPhone interface, if at all. I don't need multitasking for my daily tasks, but I am curious how they implement it.
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this is a very smart marketing strategy. everyone is talking iPad. stocks are on the rise. monday, Steve Jobs can go up on stage and say, "no need for android, OS 4 can multitask now". and stock will continue to rise.
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Mothereffin Yeah!
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For those wondering about the timing, note that this is an OS preview. It's not necessarily an OS release.
There is nothing yet to suggest that the software is ready for deployment.

That's their usual way to do (or has been so far) so I'd say it's pretty obvious, but I'm ready to crave for it, as long as I know there's anything to wait for
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I hope OS 4 will have a new version of the YouTube app that will allow downloading of YT videos to iPhone/iPad. This together with multi-tasking would kill my reasons for jailbreaking.

OT: Could we please have both read & write/drag & drop for the iDisk app. It IS a native Apple application after all.
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So are the rumors saying the UI will be new looking, or will the changes just effect things going on "behind the scenes"?

Rumors say little. But I’m prepared for a bit of a jarring change. I’m really comfortable with the iPhone UI as is, but shaking things up to improve things like icon management would be welcome.

I think the basic first-glance impression of the home screen will likely stay similar, and all the multitouch controls (switched, pinch zoom, tab-bars of icons) that we’re used to in apps will remain. Ditto for the basic color scheme (grays and blues or blacks). But around that I expect some nice advancements!

Background audio (in AND out) is the only kind of multitasking I want that the iPhone doesn’t already have.
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Bad poster design, it looks like a cross tombstone
post #29 of 218
So, this is a preview release with official launch in Summer, as usual.

Apple usually doesn't schedule this sort of thing so close to another major event, like the iPad launch, so they really must have been planning for the end of March, giving about two weeks between events.
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Originally Posted by FineTunes View Post

Don't know why they didn't release it on same date as iPad???

Don't change everything at once!

The staggered release allowed multiple, independent development/use activities:

-- current iPhone iPod Touch user install base: iPhone OS 2.x and 3.1x
-- current iPhone iPod Touch Development: iPhone 3.1x
-- iPad Developer 3.2 Beta
-- iPad debut iPhone: OS 3.2
-- developer version of iPhone OS 4.0 Beta for all applicable existing devices
-- release version of iPhone OS 4.0 for all applicable existing devices (may be staggered)

This way Apple, the developers, and the end users can all "do their own thing(s)" without affecting the others

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post #31 of 218
Multitasking with 3rd party apps, augmented reality API fully supported, and iChat for the iPhone (front-facing camera) are my wants.
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Don't know why they didn't release it on same date as iPad???

If like last year, OS won't be available until June.
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I'd like to see a new home screen option that lists all your installed apps in a flickable list. The list should be sortable
  • alphabetically,
  • by category or
  • by most-commonly-used.
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Don't change everything at once!

The staggered release allowed multiple, independent development/use activities:

-- current iPhone iPod Touch user install base: iPhone OS 2.x and 3.1x
-- current iPhone iPod Touch Development: iPhone 3.1x
-- iPad Developer 3.2 Beta
-- iPad debut iPhone: OS 3.2
-- developer version of iPhone OS 4.0 Beta for all applicable existing devices
-- release version of iPhone OS 4.0 for all applicable existing devices (may be staggered)

This way Apple, the developers, and the end users can all "do their own thing(s)" without affecting the others

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Agreed, this was confusing .. Good news as of yesterday is no beta and only 3.2 SDK.

We will need to also download 4.0 SDK probably sometime in June or July.
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I'm looking forward to it, really excited to see what Apple might show.

Too bad, I might miss the event as I'm flying to Japan on that day

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post #36 of 218
This is welcome, but not unexpected. The last two OS previews were held on March 6th and 17th respectively, so Apple is running behind schedule, but it's no mystery as to why. But it's a good sign this is happening so quickly. If the new iPhone hardware comes out in it's usual timeframe, developers have 4 months instead of 5 to recode and rebuild for the new OS.

Very exciting.
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I wonder if Apple will release iPhone OS 4.0 for the iPad and iPhone/iPod touch at the same time? It seems that it would make sense to align the releases from here on out.

I believe they will as the iPad uses iPhone OS. It's not a special iPad OS.
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Bad poster design, it looks like a cross tombstone

Yep.

Android's tombstone.
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So, I assume that having put up with incredibly dull discussions about why iPhone is crap because it doesn't have multi-tasking, we'll now no doubt have incredibly dull discussions about why they implemented it incorrectly. Or it hurts the battery life. Or it still fails to get you a girlfriend whilst you bang on about multi-tasking!

Sad, but you're probably absolutely right. Unless Apple sticks to its guns and gives us no MultiTasking then we'll stay right where we are until OS 5 ... \
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Hopefully OS 4.0 is based on a fast chip like the IPAD

Talk is out that IPHONE 4.0 will be out before WWDC. Could make sense, since this year WWDC is already 2 weeks late and if APPLE wants to see new IPHONE sales in it's second quarter earnings it would have to be available in store by mid june. Keep in mind that IPHONE sales drop considerably in anticipation of the new model.
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