iOS4 Hits iDevices in June, packed with new features
The new iOS 4 operating system for the iPhone boasts some fantastic new features; in fact, Apple thinks the new operating system will revolutionize the mobile phone experience.
The iOS 4 boasts an incredible 1500 new features and is scheduled to be released June 21.
One of the more noteworthy features of iOS 4 is that it offers multitasking, which will enable you to run more than one application at the same time. So now if you want to browse the web without closing your game, you can! Multitasking capabilities are essential for the continued success of iDevices. The majority of the iPad related gripes were related to multi-tasking: in speaking with friends they wondered how could the device could be sold and marketed like a tablet computer yet still function like an iPhone. The new version of iOS should dispel many of these reservations about buying an iPad.
Another exciting feature is Retina Display Integration. Essentially, Apple has doubled the pixels in each direction, creating an unbelievably high definition display. At the keynote yesterday, Steve encouraged developers to shift towards higher resolution apps for the new operating system. Apple will be helping devs update and alter current applications to fit the new resolution.
Additionally, we’re going to see a new folders system come June 21st. With Folders, it should be easier to organize and sort apps. All you have to do is drag two apps together and your iPhone will automatically create a folder with a title-specific to both apps (i.e. if you dragged Plants vs. Zombies and Angry Birds into a folder, your iPhone would most likely call that folder Games). What happens if I put to completely unrelated apps in folder? Will I be able to name it myself?!
For all you gamers out there, Apple’s added a gyroscope feature which enables 6-axis motion sensing! This opens up a host of opportunities for developers to expand upon the motion component of their apps and games. The gyroscope feature will give the iPhone the ability to translate angular velocity and rotation about gravity into applications. If you’re not a gamer, don’t sweat it– there’s still more to report…
Apple also has added some new features to its iBooks app. The new update will include the ability to bookmark pages of a book as well as the ability to take notes on the iBook without switching to a different application. These are some pretty convenient add-ons, especially for students and avid readers who own the iPad– another revolutionary step towards electronic media.
If you ask me, iOS4 is the future of mobile phones– it’s sound utterly brilliant. Often, when I see stuff like this, I think to myself “Well, it can’t get much better than this,”… but then a few months down the road, it does.
As of right now though, Apple’s iOS 4 is offering the best mobile phone experience to date.