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iPhone OS 4 will introduce seven major "tentpole" feature and a long list of minor enhancements this summer, Steve Jobs has announced at Apple's release preview event. The top seven features are multitasking, app Folders, Mail improvements, Enterprise features, a Games Center, and Apple's new iAd network.

1) Multitasking

The first major feature is multitasking, profiled separately in greater detail.

2) Folders

The second major feature, Folders, involves dragging apps on top of each other to create a folder with those apps inside it. It names the folder according to its contents, a feature Apple is calling "intelligent naming." iPhone 4.0 supports up to 180 folders for a total of 2160 apps -- 12 apps per folder. The hierarchical organizing of apps into folders will make it easier to work with more apps at once.

3) Improved Mail

A third feature, Unified Inbox, lets users view all of their mail accounts in one inbox just like Mail.app in Mac OS X. The new version of iPhone Mail also offers fast inbox switching, an option to organize messages by thread, and the ability to open attachments with an app from the App Store. iPad debuted this ability, with Apple's iWork apps already able to open Office or iWork attachments within Mail.

4) iBooks for iPhone and iPod touch

A fourth feature brings iPad's iBooks to all iPhone OS devices. The iBook application will work on both iPhone and iPod touch, and all books and page placements will be synced wirelessly across a user's devices. As with the iPad, Apple will be bundling in a free "Winnie the Pooh" book.

5) New Enterprise Features

A fifth major feature relates to enhanced support for Enterprise needs:
Data Protection: Security enhancements in iPhone OS 4 protect email messages and attachments stored on iPhone 3GS by using the device passcode as an encryption key. New data protection APIs can be used for custom and commercial apps so that business-critical information is protected even if a device is compromised.
Mobile Device ManagementDeploying and managing large iPhone fleets will be even easier with iPhone OS 4. New Mobile Device Management APIs can be integrated with third-party solutions to wirelessly configure and update settings, monitor compliance with corporate policies, and even wipe or lock managedÂ*iPhone devices.
Wireless App Distribution iPhone OS 4 enables enterprises to securely host and wirelessly distribute in-house apps to employees over Wi-Fi and 3G. Apps can be updated without requiring users to connect to their computers.
Improved Mail & Exchange Support iPhone OS 4 allows users to set up multiple Exchange ActiveSync accounts and now works with Exchange Server 2010. With the new unified inbox feature, users can see messages from all their email accounts conveniently displayed in a single inbox, or they can quickly switch between inboxes to see messages from any single account. If users receive an attachment that they want to save or edit, Mail now lets you open attachments with compatible apps from the App Store.
SSL VPN Support
SSL VPN support in iPhone OS 4 gives users anotherÂ*way to securely access enterprise resources. These new protocols can even be leveraged to connect seamlessly to a corporate network via VPN on Demand. Forthcoming apps from Juniper and Cisco will support SSL VPN on iPhone.

6) Game Center

A sixth major new feature is called Games Center. With over 50,000 gaming titles on the App Store, Apple said it will be forming a social gaming network with features to invite friends, set up matchmaking for multiplayer games, support for leaderboards, and for tracking in game achievements.

7) iAd

The seventh major feature is iAd, profiled separately in greater detail.

Dozens of other features

Other minor features highlighted in a slide of iPhone 4.0 enhancements include:

File & delete Mail search results
Search SMS/MMS messages
Web search suggestions
Choose image size in Mail messages
Bluetooth keyboards
CalDav invitations
Larger fonts for Mail, SMS & alerts
Cell data only setting
Spell check
Persistent Wi-Fi
Gift Apps
Birthday calendar
Recent Web searches
Create Playlists
Top Hit in search
5x digital zoom
Nested Playlists
CardDav
Tap to focus video
Upload workouts to Nike+
Places in Photos
iPod Out
Home screen wallpaper
Search SMS/MMS messages
Wake on wireless

Availability

A developer preview of iPhone 4 is available now, the release will ship sometime this summer. All of the features will be available to last year's iPhone 3GS and the 3G iPod touch.

The 2008 iPhone 3G and 2G iPod touch will get "many things," but will not support multitasking, as their hardware is significantly slower and has less installed RAM.

iPhone OS 4.0 will ship for iPad this fall.
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Was there anything about printing? I think this has to be there.
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Was there anything about printing? I think this has to be there.

If not there is an app for that on the iPad at least, not sure about iPhone ... anyone tried it?
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No new hardware? Discouraging...
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will OS 4.0 work with my 1st generation iFon?

i heard some rumors that 1st gen iPhones may not be included in this upgrade...
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^^ No.
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The only feature I want from Apple for my iPhone is the ability to lock the screen's orientation in landscape or portrait.

That's all Apple. That's all folks.
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No new hardware? Discouraging...

Did you expect them to announce new hardware? I don't think it necessarily means that a new iPhone isn't coming this summer.
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No new hardware? Discouraging...

The invitation was to a preview of OS 4.0. It was specific.

 

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No new hardware? Discouraging...

This was a developer event, previewing software. I expect hardware to have it's own forum.
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No new hardware? Discouraging...

This article was about the OS. Not hardware.

Hardware will most likely be mentioned later as it gets closer to June.
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Just heard the sound of Android/Palm being flushed down the toilet...
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Did you expect them to announce new hardware? I don't think it necessarily means that a new iPhone isn't coming this summer.

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The invitation was to a preview of OS 4.0. It was specific.

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This was a developer event, previewing software. I expect hardware to have it's own forum.

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This article was about the OS. Not hardware.

Hardware will most likely be mentioned later as it gets closer to June.

Thanks for the clarification. I wasn't expecting new hardware to be unveiled, per se, but I was hoping for it. I'm aware that Apple marches to the beat of their own drum and all, but the EVO is looking incredibly tempting.

Bravo on multi-tasking and folders, though.
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Just heard the sound of Android/Palm being flushed down the toilet...

Why? I don't see anything here that those phones didn't already do.
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iPhone OS is becoming more similar to Android OS...
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Just heard the sound of Android/Palm being flushed down the toilet...

I seriously laughed out loud!!!!!!!!

You can't be that dumb can you?
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will OS 4.0 work with my 1st generation iFon?

i heard some rumors that 1st gen iPhones may not be included in this upgrade...

iPhone 3GS and iPod 3rd generation only will support all these features. Multitasking will not work at iPhone 3G and iPod 2nd generation
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My takeaway was that

1. You have to have a 3GS to use MultiTasking
2. They are adding AD support, which might be great for the App vendors, but's really not great for the end users, unless we can disable them.

Am I wrong about the Multitasking? Please (Oh Please) correct me if I am.

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Thanks for the clarification. I wasn't expecting new hardware to be unveiled, per se, but I was hoping for it. I'm aware that Apple marches to the beat of their own drum and all, but the EVO is looking incredibly tempting.

Bravo on multi-tasking and folders, though.
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No new hardware? Discouraging...

New hardware is coming. For that would be a separate presentation. June or July.
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Wow, advertising is considered not only a feature, but a major feature. Sure am glad they're not gonna charge me for such a wonderful feature.
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By the way, radio still not available
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Dear Apple,
In pop-up alerts, I'd like to see each app's icon displayed at least in miniature just to the left of the app's name. One's brain could then simultaneously recognize the icon and read the message in the pop-up, which I think would be faster and less tedious than having to check out the name of the app first.
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No new hardware? Discouraging...

No, because it was a software event. They announce software at software announcements, the clue is in the title.
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Thanks for the clarification. I wasn't expecting new hardware to be unveiled, per se, but I was hoping for it. I'm aware that Apple marches to the beat of their own drum and all, but the EVO is looking incredibly tempting.

Bravo on multi-tasking and folders, though.

Don't get me wrong, I would have loved to hear about the next-gen iPhone today too, but apparently they wanted to stick to iOS 4 with this event. However, a segue into a sneak peek at the new iPhone would have been a great wrap-up to today's event. Perhaps we'll hear something after the iPad 3G ships later this month.
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iPhone OS is becoming more similar to Android OS...

let us know when all android phones have a decent touch interface. It's ok (on the ones that support it) but sucks in certain apps, like maps. very inconsistent. ick.
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...for giving me all this stuff that my Jailbroken iPhone already does! On a 3G nonetheless!
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I'm psyched that Multitasking is coming. iPhone looking better. But now that iPad (4.0 available on the Fall) is out, even more people will rush to get them. All that it would be missing will be a front facing camera for chatting and hopefully the ability to make skype video calls
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2. They are adding AD support, which might be great for the App vendors, but's really not great for the end users, unless we can disable them.

Many apps already have adverts.

They are an important source of revenue for developers which attracts developers to the platform, helps keep app prices down and even enables dev's to release free apps.
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the only thing i see here that's unique is iAd, and it's something i REALLY don't want. Everything else is just apple playing catch-up...

i do see folders being very useful, esp. on the iPad.
lastly, i'd like to know what the limitations on the multitasking are - they were very very short on details there. something's got to give to preserve battery & processor usage...
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Many apps already have adverts.

They are an important source of revenue for developers which attracts developers to the platform, helps keep app prices down and even enables dev's to release free apps.

Devs have always been getting revenue from ads, iAd is designed for APPLE to get 40% of the ad revenue.
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But it looked like all the folders icons will be basically the same, with no ability to make them look like, for example, a "Games" folder or a "Documents" folder. Needing to read the caption below the icon in order to distinguish them from one another easily pretty much makes the icon superfluous. I don't get it.

Don't know about you, but I leave Apps (and Folders in the future) in the same place all the time. So I automatically know where my Apps are, without needing to read the caption (or icon) for it. So if your "Games" folder is on the first page bottom right, you will know that's where it is always and don't have to read anything. Just tap on it.
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Given they again haven't included glanceable information (notifications) on the lock screen, does anyone think that there's a hardware limitation that prevents it from working? Do you need two set of screen layers to achieve it the way other phones seem to do it?

Switcheable, configurable lock-screen notification is still something I really, really think they should do as everyone has to flick their phone multiple times a day just to check for missed calls etc.

Do IT Apple!
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Many apps already have adverts.

They are an important source of revenue for developers which attracts developers to the platform, helps keep app prices down and even enables dev's to release free apps.

Yes, and again: developers can and do already include ads in their aps. It's not like iAd suddenly ushers in a new era of ad supported content that evil Apple forced on you. It just gives devs a different way to implement them.
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the only thing i see here that's unique is iAd, and it's something i REALLY don't want. Everything else is just apple playing catch-up...

Catch-up with who? Have you been drinking?
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Given they again haven't included glanceable information (notifications) on the lock screen, does anyone think that there's a hardware limitation that prevents it from working? Do you need two set of screen layers to achieve it the way other phones seem to do it?

Switcheable, configurable lock-screen notification is still something I really, really think they should do as everyone has to flick their phone multiple times a day just to check for missed calls etc.

Do IT Apple!

No, look at the JB app, LockInfo. Awesome app. One of the large reasons I stayed with my iPhone.
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the only thing i see here that's unique is iAd, and it's something i REALLY don't want. Everything else is just apple playing catch-up...

i do see folders being very useful, esp. on the iPad.
lastly, i'd like to know what the limitations on the multitasking are - they were very very short on details there. something's got to give to preserve battery & processor usage...

I think it's pretty clear... there are 7 modes of "multitasking", and different modes will involve different levels of battery drain. I'm sure they will encourage developers through the app review process to use the mode that gets the job done for a specific app and no more. For example, they will probably encourage the vast majority of developers to use rapid app switching rather than full multitasking.
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Devs have always been getting revenue from ads, iAd is designed for APPLE to get 40% of the ad revenue.

It also appears to increase the relevance of ads, increasing their value for advertisers, users, and developers (more revenue, fewer ads.)
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Apple spends its effort in implementing features right so that even the average Joe can use it. They are not pandering to the tech-heads that feel the need to control every single facet of their device.

I believe Apple will make Android's implementation of said features look archaic in comparison. That is, at least until the time it takes for Google to get their photocopy machines warmed up.

Great job Apple. Take the time to get it done right!
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So the thing that seems to be missing from my perspective is document management. But maybe this is already there with 3.2? I might be confused.

What I would really like to see is a common directory for document storage that all apps can access so that each individual app doesn't have to roll its own solution to document storage and transfer. I guess I've heard that Pages, Numbers, and Keynote use something like this, but I haven't bought those apps for my iPad, so I don't know how it works or if other developers can access it. I also don't know how robust it is -- is this common storage area an HFS+ file system with folders and metadata? Or is it something significantly less sophisticated?

I would really like to be able to put 500 PDFs on my iPad and be able to easily organize them and access them from multiple apps. I really hope this is possible...
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NOTIFICATIONS

I *hope* they have a new system for notifications, I was disappointed that they didn't touch on that in the keynote. The current one-at-a-time, in your face popup window notification system is outmoded and outstripped by the sheer number of services which rely on it.

Even Palm is still ahead on this one...
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