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New in iPhone OS 4: The Full App-by-App Breakdown (Updated)

Apple debuted the beta version of iPhone OS 4 yesterday, announcing a collection of new features and additions to its prior iPhone and iPod touch applications. Based on photos and details submitted by an anonymous source, we’ve compiled a full app-by-app breakdown of what’s changed in iPhone OS 4. Updated! This article has been replaced by Instant Expert: The Secrets & Features of iOS 4, as well as our full review of iPhone OS 4 / iOS 4.

 

Home Screen + Multitasking. The iPhone OS 4 Home Screen now supports user-selectable wallpaper, accomplished by adding a drop shadow to all of the icons and text that used to appear on black backgrounds. As with the iPad, these drop shadows move as you scroll through pages of applications. Apple has also changed the look of the iPhone and iPod touch bottom-of-screen dock to resemble the one found on the iPad, complete with icon reflections, a shift back to the look Apple introduced briefly with the first-generation iPod touch.

 

Though icon changes were initially spotted for only a couple of applications, it turns out that many of the icons have received very subtle tweaks that suggest Apple has done a complete re-drawing of the icon set, potentially for higher-resolution displays. The changes have in many cases added sharper lines to prior designs, such as the gears of the Settings icon and the rays of the Weather icon’s sun, but have also in some cases increased the color or contrast of small details in the icons. See, for example, the Voice Memos icons, the Mail and Safari icons, and the Photos icon.

 

Multitasking is now accessible on 2009 iPhone and iPod touch models by double-tapping the Home button; you can no longer use double-clicking for the camera or other features. When you switch to the multitasking interface, the screen shifts upwards and the home screen application icons fade out to silhouettes, revealing a hidden tray of four additional icons at the bottom of the screen. They’re shown against a dimpled gray backdrop. You can scroll to reveal more programs that are running by swiping to the left or right. You can stop running applications in the multitasking tray by tapping and holding down on the app icon and then hitting a circle and - button that appears in the corner, similar to the process for deleting an application from the device.

 

Folders have been added to the Home Screen, represented as rounded square icons with up to nine little miniature icons inside. You create a folder by dropping one icon on top of another, which brings up a dimpled background that looks like the Multitasking dock—hidden under your selected wallpaper, which has been sliced in two pieces and shifted up and/or down to make temporary room for the icons in the folder. The folder starts with the genre name of whatever the first app is inside; you can rename the folder with a pill-shaped text field that appears above the icons. Up to 12 icons can be stored in a folder.

 

When any application receives a push notification inside of a folder, it’s now indicated on the Home screen with an ! alert, rather than tallying multiple applications to aggregate a number.

 

Lock Screen. Seemingly unchanged except - for now—an odd duplication of the clock when music is playing on the locked iPhone; the clock now appears both in large numbers and in smaller ones inside the status bar at the top of the screen. This may be a sign of repurposing the lock screen somewhat for background applications.

Phone. Apparently unchanged for now. Third-party VoIP applications now use a similar bar at the top of the screen to indicate that a call is in progress, however.

 

Mail. Opening mail to the inside mailbox view looks the same as before in portrait or landscape, but backing up to your multiple mailbox view has changed. Now Mail aggregates the contents of all of your inboxes into one master inbox, letting you back out from that inbox to separate inboxes and individual mail accounts instead. Choose an individual account and you see all of the mailboxes—outgoing, inbox, drafts and any additional folders.

 

An optional threaded view has been added to show multiple messages that are part of the same conversation, each indicated with a double chevron arrow with the number of threaded messages alongside it. When sending photos in an e-mail, you can choose different scaling images to make the message smaller.

 

When reading messages, you can now see a tiny image from your Contacts for people who you know, as is the case on the iPad version of Mail. Additionally, when you go to share content from your iPhone or iPod touch—a video from YouTube, a photo, and so on—but then stop before sending the e-mail to share it, the device now asks you whether you want to keep the e-mail as a draft, or delete it.

 

Entire e-mail threads can be deleted at once, indicated via a (x) number when deleting a message, and GMail can be Archived rather than Deleted.

 

Safari. “Google” has been replaced next to the keyboard’s space bar with the word “Search.” Ouch.

 

iPod. The iPod application now supports playlist folders and sub-folders created in iTunes. A setting lets you turn lyrics and podcast info off if you’d prefer not to see them on the Now Playing screen. On-The-Go Playlists have been replaced, sort of, by a feature that lets you create a new playlist—basically the same feature, except you can now choose a name for it right from the start. You can also edit, clear, or delete any playlist on the device, including ones synced from iTunes. The contents of albums are now displayed by the iPod application with extra duration, release date, and artist information, plus a shuffle button and album art.

 

The iPod app is otherwise apparently unchanged at this point, and still does not yet support AVRCP for Bluetooth remote control of the device.

 

Messages. Messages now has a search field.

 

There’s also a character count in the settings menu as an option for Messages, which currently only appears after you’ve typed three lines of text in cellular mode.

 

Calendar. The Calendar application appears to be mostly unchanged for now, not bringing in much of the new aesthetic or functional improvements introduced on the iPad, with a few exceptions. You can now select to show multiple calendars at once, of different types; previously, it was show all or show one.

 

Additionally, you have the ability to turn on a Birthdays calendar, which is auto-generated from information in your Contacts list, and change the calendar that an event appears on.

 

Support for Google Calendar is also included for GMail accounts.

 

Photos. Now has iPhoto ‘09 Faces and Places support, letting users sync collections of photos based on the person identified in the shots, just like the iPad. Places is supposed to show the map locations of geotagged images, but currently crashes when it’s trying to load a map. Photos also adds “rotate” as an option so you can get the orientation of a picture correct before e-mailing or uploading it.

 

Camera. The Camera application now has digital zoom capability; you can pinch or tap-and-hold to activate the digital zoom feature, and a slider appears on screen to let you set the zoom level. Not surprisingly, the results look crummy. Tap to Focus has been added to video recordings. Support for a hardware-based flash has been discovered by developers probing the iPhone OS 4 code.

 

YouTube. Small cosmetic change shows “No videos” when nothing has been found by the Search feature. Apart from the Mail-related searching change mentioned above, the app otherwise appears to be unchanged for now.

Stocks. Apparently unchanged for now.

Maps. The terrain view added to Maps on the iPad is not available in the iPhone and iPod touch version of the Maps app. Only one obvious change has been made: the compass icon has changed to the Northeast-pointing arrow icon used for Location Services.

Weather. Apparently unchanged; still no widescreen mode.

Voice Memos. Apparently unchanged for now.

 

Notes. Notes now supports wireless syncing with multiple accounts. Syncing appears to be supported for any IMAP-based Mail account, rather than being a MobileMe-specific feature. Consequently, though the app now starts with a yellow notepad, you can tap backwards once to see a list of notes, and backwards again to see a list of accounts to separately create and sync notes. A system-wide spellchecker feature is obvious here, as incorrect words now appear with red underlines.

Clock. Apparently unchanged for now.

Calculator. Has the most conspicuously updated Home Screen icon, but otherwise appears to be unchanged.

 

Settings. Location Services has been expanded to turn off or on specific applications’ access to GPS data. Now that note synchronization is available, icons have been added to all of the features that can be synced with a server, including Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Bookmarks, and Notes with MobileMe, and fewer with other types of servers. You can also choose what types of information to synchronize from a given service.

 

A more complex Passcode Lock has been added, with a user-selectable alphanumeric passcode option. This was previously available only through the iPhone Configuration Utility designed for Enterprise users.

Cellular Data can now be turned on and off, independent of 3G cellular phone support.

 

Quite a few changes have been made to Accessibility in iPhone OS 4. A new feature called Large Text now enables fonts to be radically increased in size to the user’s preferred scale.

 

Support for VoiceOver Phonetics and Pitch Change have been added to the iPhone and iPod touch, having previously appeared on the iPad. Braille Devices can also connect to the iPhone and iPod touch, as well. In Zoom, a modest language change has been made to the description of how to adjust the zoom level.

iTunes Store. Apparently unchanged for now.

App Store. Apparently unchanged for now.

 

Compass. The core functionality of this application appears to be unchanged, though oddly, the targeting reticule icon appears for only a split second, then disappears; a possible bug. Activating the compass brings up the new Location Services icon within the top-of-screen status bar, a Northeast-pointing arrow, as does any app that requests Location Services.

 

Nike + iPod. Wireless syncing of Nike+ data has been added, enabling a runner to send stored run information directly through Safari to the Nikeplus web site.

 

Game Center. A new dedicated icon that will handle game matchmaking online for iPhone and iPod touch users. It can tell you instantly whether your friends are online, let you see requests from friends to play with you, and show you how many games you’ve played, with additional status in the form of achievements for games to come in the future. It will be able to send you Push Notifications, as well.

iChat? Reports indicate that various hints of an iChat application, including videoconferencing support, have been found in iPhone OS 4. Whether this application will replace Messages for some iPhones or add to it is currently unknown.

Languages and Keyboards. Apple has increased language and keyboard support fairly dramatically across a number of different settings screens, ranging from the addition of a few new languages to new Region Formats, keyboard layouts for both Hardware and Software Keyboards, and Voice Control. Support for AZERTY and QWERTZ software keyboards has also been added, along with Bluetooth keyboard support—including support for the same iPod controls, screen and volume controls that work with the iPad. There are lots of screen shots below showing the changes.

 

Spotlight. Now asks you if you want to search the web and Wikipedia, optionally.

 

We’ll update this article as new information becomes available.

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Comments

-99

No turn by turn guided navigation in Google Maps? Wasn’t this promised around the time of the Droid?

Posted by jiji on April 9, 2010 at 5:14 PM (CDT)

-98

did they add ability to time-stamp every sms/mms message received?

Posted by jaypee on April 9, 2010 at 6:17 PM (CDT)

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This all looks good, particularly the multi-tasking and folders on the home screen but really pleased to at last see folder and subfolder support for iPod.

Posted by Will on April 9, 2010 at 6:19 PM (CDT)

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Thank you for this VERY clear presentation of OS4

Posted by Vintage on April 9, 2010 at 6:25 PM (CDT)

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It’s not clear that we have a correct explanation of multitasking and the task switcher here. After reading through the SDK documentation, it’s clear that multitasking works as follows. All apps suspend to memory when the Home button is pressed. Apps that specifically register threads to get a bit more time to complete a task or ask for services such as background audio streaming will either continue to have such threads running for a short while or will have specific methods called back by the OS as info is needed.

This means that any app that’s been run accumulates in memory in a suspended state, with the least-recently-used apps finally cleared out when memory runs low (which is why the apps must save their state before suspension). Thus, there is really no difference between a closed and a “backgrounded” app, except for those apps actually running specific background threads.

I believe that this means that when you double-click the Home button, you’re really just getting a list of the most recently launched apps as a convenience. There should be no difference reentering an app from there or from Springboard. Deleting an app from here also likely does nothing except remove the app from the list, like selectively deleting from any Recents list. I believe this is why Steve doesn’t consider it a task manager. There is no real task management (resource control) happening at all. That’s all part of the way the OS gracefully purges an app from memory upon termination, first suspending and ultimately removing. Someone should verify this by seeing if an app takes longer to launch after removal from the task switcher list or restarts from the startup screen rather than from where it left off (suggesting it’s been purged from memory).

Note that this suspending is different from the prior behavior of terminating and restarting and should result in fast app-to-app switching.

Posted by DavidG on April 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM (CDT)

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What ever happened to the ability to toggle which was announced one year ago and promised by the end of last summer? Why does nobody raise this issue? If the problem is AT&T’s limitations, why is it that iPad users are going to get 3G service for their iPads before I am able to use my iPhone to provide a broadband connection for my MacBook Pro when no WiFi is available? I am willing to pay for the privilege, but I am astounded that more folks haven’t brought this issue to Apple and AT&T.

Posted by Mitch on April 9, 2010 at 7:33 PM (CDT)

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Great review! Thanks for all the good insight.

Posted by Rick Courrau on April 9, 2010 at 9:53 PM (CDT)

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@jiji: Not sure turn-by-turn was ever promised for Google Maps on iPhone. Turn-by-turn is a tricky beast, and there’s plenty of 3rd-parties that do it as a day job and have apps in the app store. Good turn-by-turn direction solutions aren’t free for a reason, and you don’t/won’t find them free on any other mobile platform either.

Posted by Chris Pratt on April 9, 2010 at 11:23 PM (CDT)

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@Chris Pratt:
Good free turn-by-turn navigation on another platform? Nokia Ovi Maps (even worldwide, not just USA, and works offline) from the world biggest manufacturer of mobile phones and on the smartphone OS with the world’s biggest marketshare. Plus some telcos started to provide free turn-by-turn navigaton apps for the iPhone (e.g. t-mobile offers Navigon select for free). That’s good free turn-by-turn on over 50% of all smartphones worldwide (according to Gartner’s worldwide market share numbers for 2009).

Posted by Mike11 on April 10, 2010 at 12:28 AM (CDT)

-90

The Calendar app now also shows birthdays.

Posted by V in c ent on April 10, 2010 at 1:44 AM (CDT)

-89

new iPhone should have more processor power, more RAM, better camera and a second front-facing camera. Also, I want to be able to shoot HD videos with the main cam. This is a must for today!

Posted by anton on April 10, 2010 at 1:57 AM (CDT)

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Can I FLAG messages in the Mail application now? (I want to follow up only some mails when I return to my Mac, not have to re-read/scan all of them again.

Posted by Thomas on April 10, 2010 at 2:33 AM (CDT)

-87

did you do anything to enable tethering? I used to have it with 3.1.3 on my officially unlocked iphone. but now the option is gone.

Posted by farah on April 10, 2010 at 3:00 AM (CDT)

-86

The character count in SMS does show up but only once you get to 60 characters or so.

Posted by Bryan on April 10, 2010 at 3:25 AM (CDT)

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Dont forget birthday calendar :)
At some point hopefully they’ll allow the user to add a reminder to every birthdY event as an option - you currently have to check the calendar manually to see that there’s a birthday.

Posted by Tom on April 10, 2010 at 5:50 AM (CDT)

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Was search in notes like search for SMS there before ?
It’s a shame you can’t search by specific sms thread yet but qt least they’re working on it.

Posted by Tom on April 10, 2010 at 6:03 AM (CDT)

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it would be great if you could check if these features work now:

vCard import / opening through Safari (on OS 3 only works when vCard is mailed)

push-IMAP on mail using the IMAP-IDLE command. This would make push mail compatible with all servers that support it without need of having Exchange, Yahoo, Google or Mobile.Me accounts just so you can push. As far as I know.. this has never worked properlly

Can you SHARE events from the calendar? for example send an *.ics (iCalendar) file through e-mail? Opening the file is currently not supported on Mail or Safari.. only webCal subscriptions work through Safari

Posted by ricferrer on April 10, 2010 at 7:58 AM (CDT)

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@ DavidG: I believe fast-app switching is different from quiting and starting an app. I think now with fast app switching the “state” of the app stays in RAM but the app is technically suspended. That way it loads up faster than having to execute the app again from NAND Flash and loading to RAM and reading a saved state, also from NAND.

@Mitch: What you probably mean is tethering… If that is what you mean. It’s a problem with ATT and not apple. This feature is supported in other countries.

Posted by ricferrer on April 10, 2010 at 8:11 AM (CDT)

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Can anyone confirm if:

You can bulk delete email - or mark all email read (these missing Blackberry features have annoyed me ever since I swapped !!!) ?

Can you spotlight search for a photo album ?

Posted by Not the Stig on April 10, 2010 at 9:01 AM (CDT)

-80

One slide in the iPhone OS 4 video mentions direct syncing with Nike+ if I’m not mistaken.

Posted by Christian on April 10, 2010 at 9:35 AM (CDT)

-79

The Nike+iPod has been changed. Now you can submit your runs from the app, non requiring a sync anymore. But it crash.

And the Map app has been improved too when loading tiles. Not only it’s smoother, but with firmware 3.0 tiles didn’t load while zooming but just immediately after releasing your fingers. Now they do load even while pinching.

Posted by Daniele on April 10, 2010 at 9:38 AM (CDT)

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Is it possible to edit the auto-correct dictionary? For example, view the word-list and delete entries?

Or has the new spell-check replaced this functionality? If so, can you edit the user dictionary?

Thanks!

Posted by Peter on April 10, 2010 at 9:38 AM (CDT)

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Another couple of things:

1. Emailing photos now brings up the option to resize or send as original size.
2. Settings app seems to remember your last used location.

Posted by Tomass on April 10, 2010 at 9:46 AM (CDT)

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@Not the Stig You could already bulk delete emails. You tap edit, select all the emails you want deleted, and hit delete at the bottom. I do it everytime I open mail to purge the junk mail that slips through my filters, before getting to the reading.

Posted by Corlynn on April 10, 2010 at 9:50 AM (CDT)

-75

From what I’ve found, the character count shows up once you’re on the 3rd line of your message.

Posted by mackmgg on April 10, 2010 at 10:07 AM (CDT)

-74

when will the iphone shave my ass?

Posted by iAssShaver on April 10, 2010 at 10:18 AM (CDT)

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@jiji (#1): I don’t think turn-by-turn Google Maps was ever promised by Apple. When Google added it to the Droid, a whole bunch of pundits speculated that it would be coming to the iPhone as well, since the iPhone uses Google Maps. Apple never said anything specific in that regard, and it would be very non-Apple-like for them to do so—they almost never make those sorts of promises for future features.  On top of that, the more strained relationship that may currently exist between Apple and Google is unlikely to be helping matters much.

@DavidG (#5): From what we’ve been told, the tap-and-hold actually terminates the app. It takes longer to load the next time, and apps that maintain persistent state, like “Settings” will return back to their initial home screen instead of picking up where they left off. I don’t think that makes it a “task manager” in any real sense of the word, since you can’t do anything except terminate apps, but it’s useful for those emergency situations where you have a badly-behaving app in the same way that the 8-second Home Button hold (pre-3GS) worked to terminate a “hung” app or an app that simply wasn’t refreshing its state properly.  It doesn’t happen often on the iPhone, but it does happen. In the past I’ve had to terminate Mail.app using the 8-second-home-button feature simply because it had stopped checking mail properly, and as a background app even on iPhone OS 1.0, the only other way to “restart” Mail would have been to fully reboot the device. Now that other apps can run in the background, it’s good to have this sort of safety net, IMHO.

As for whether the multitasking tray shows all recently-used apps or only those that are still suspended and resident in memory, I really have no idea.

@Mitch (#6): From the context, I assume you mean “tether?”  This is an AT&T restriction and has nothing to do with the iPhone OS, which has supported tethering since 3.0 last year. Many users outside of the U.S. (myself included) have been tethering our iPhones just fine.  I don’t expect this to change in iPhone OS 4 in terms of the capability, but AT&T will obviously need to get with the program if U.S. users are going to ever see this feature.

@farah (#13): The presence of the “Tethering” option is based on the carrier configuration file that you are using, rather than the OS version itself, which is why it will appear in some countries and not in others. In the iPhone OS there is a separate configuration file for each carrier that the iPhone is supported on (it’s become quite a list), and these are presumably created by the carriers. Updates to these can also be pushed out through iTunes when things change.  Features like tethering and MMS support as well as how to access the carrier’s data network are all contained in these files. I’m guessing those screenshots came from somewhere outside of the U.S. (tethering is available in almost every other country where the iPhone is sold).

@Tom (#16): Search in Notes has been there since 3.0.

@ricferrer (#17): Not sure about any of the others, but I doubt that IMAP-IDLE will ever be supported natively on the iPhone. The technology was never really designed for use by a mobile device and is most definitely not battery-friendly as it must effectively maintain a persistent data connection to the IMAP server.  In my pre-iPhone days, I used IMAP-IDLE on my Nokia E90 and had to turn it off as it effectively cut my battery life in half.  I also tried some of the unofficial (ie, jailbreaking) solutions on the iPhone and they had an even worse impact on battery life.  The push technologies that have been implemented by Microsoft (ActiveSync), and Apple (MobileMe, Yahoo) are different technologies that have been specifically designed to support mobile devices.  This is similar to what RIM has done, where the built-in Blackberry client doesn’t even do IMAP natively—it relies on a third-party “BIS” server in the cloud to poll IMAP mailboxes and push e-mail to the device.

@ricferrer (#18): Yes, this is correct from my understanding of it as well, but I think that’s what DavidG basically said. All apps will suspend-to-RAM by default. I don’t think any special APIs are required to make that happen. However, the previous behaviour was for an app to save state within its own “sandbox” so that it could pick up where it left off.  Not all apps did this properly when you exited them, however. With OS 4, I believe they’re still required to save state, as the OS can kill them off whenever it needs the memory for something else, but they otherwise remain resident in memory for quicker starting.  My guess is that you’ll see some badly-designed apps that will start up where they left off if they’re still in memory, but not if they’ve been pushed out, creating an even more confusing user experience.

Since everything suspends to RAM, John Gruber has speculated (correctly IMHO) that this is why the pre-2009 devices don’t do multitasking. Only the 2009 devices carry 256MB of RAM; the older devices only have 128MB which would be tight with everything else running and would probably mean that things would get pushed out so often as to make the whole exercise pointless and thereby negatively impact the user experience.

@Not the Stig (#19): You’ve been able to bulk-delete e-mail for a while. Just tap the edit button, select the e-mails you want to delete, and then tap the delete button.  You can move messages to other folders in such the same way.  Not sure about marking all read, but I’m not holding my breath.

@Tomass (#23): The settings apps remembers your last screen simply because it never actually exits when you close it. This is a good example of the new multitasking support.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on April 10, 2010 at 10:20 AM (CDT)

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Albums are presented differently in the iPod app.

Posted by something on April 10, 2010 at 10:20 AM (CDT)

-71

For phones with MMS enabled on them (standard here in the UK) they’ve also added support for showing the Subject Field on MMS messages, which is a very welcome improvement!

Posted by Paul Dunlop on April 10, 2010 at 10:45 AM (CDT)

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You left out some changes to the accessibility features & settings. For instance you can now assign a home button triple-click to toggle voice over, zoom, or white on black. like on the iPad there is also a new font size setting.

too bad they didn’t do anything to improve their notification scheme or add widgets

Posted by MBC on April 10, 2010 at 11:08 AM (CDT)

-69

I know this sounds like a silly question, but does the mail app still pop-up a notification saying it has no connection when you are out of cell or WiFi range? It drives me crazy!

Posted by Javah1 on April 10, 2010 at 11:19 AM (CDT)

-68

In the Steve&A after the event, he said the iTunes store, and App store is server based. AKA they can change the store with out a software upgrade

Posted by Kyle Maguire on April 10, 2010 at 11:33 AM (CDT)

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DavidG seems to be saying the app suspends except if it runs out of memory, in which case it would quit, and the task manager would have to restart it.

I find this hard to believe in so far as even the most careful and dedicated of programmers would find it hard to perfectly save and restore the state of any program with complete perfection such that users can’t tell the difference between suspension and restart. Thus users would probably end up being confused by inconsistent behavior.

BTW, what is the situation with VM? I was under the impression that iphones don’t use VM, which is kind of a shame since that is kind of necessary to really do multi-tasking right without running out of memory. But I was never really clear about that.

Posted by Chris on April 10, 2010 at 11:42 AM (CDT)

-66

Can you choose what email inboxes go into the unified inbox, or is it simply ‘all mailboxes’? For example, I have MobileMe, Gmail, and a work Exchange account. I’d like to have MM and Gmail in one inbox, and keep the work account separate. Is this possible? Thanks for the great article.

Posted by Dels on April 10, 2010 at 11:54 AM (CDT)

-65

The camera is now alot faster when taking pictures.

Posted by bogusname on April 10, 2010 at 11:55 AM (CDT)

-64

You can file emails across accounts. I can file a gmail account message into MobileMe.

You can change the calendar an event is assigned to (at least across exchange accounts)

Multiple exchange accounts are a real win for gmail and enterprise users.

Posted by Noni on April 10, 2010 at 12:12 PM (CDT)

-63

Have they fixed this calculator bug yet?

hxxp://nneonneo.blogspot.com/2009/10/iphoneipod-touch-calculator-bug.html

Posted by nneonneo on April 10, 2010 at 12:33 PM (CDT)

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It’s exciting that after 9 years we will finally be able to create and (it seems?) manage playlists on an iPod.

It would be even more exciting if Album Shuffle finally made it into iPod.app.

Posted by Chris Snyder on April 10, 2010 at 12:42 PM (CDT)

-61

spotlight search offers to search the web or wikipedia with your search term, not just the data on the device.

I’ve always thought it should do that, nice to see it.

Posted by Michael on April 10, 2010 at 12:49 PM (CDT)

-60

I was pleased to hear the new additions to the iPhone OS, but one is still missing that annoys me all to hell.

There is no junk mail filtering on either the iPhone or iPad.  How hard is it to implement the same type of junk mail filtering found in Mail is OS X?  I have gone years without having to look at crappy spam in my inbox until the iPhone which just throws spam in with the rest of my wanted messages..

Posted by Chris on April 10, 2010 at 1:07 PM (CDT)

-59

YouTube now plays in portrait and landscape

Posted by G on April 10, 2010 at 1:27 PM (CDT)

-58

Any chance that the iphone application supports calling NAME display? (not just number to name directory lookup)

Posted by Mark on April 10, 2010 at 1:39 PM (CDT)

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@Paul Dunlop (#29): This has been there since iPhone OS 3.0, although the “Show Subject Field” option needs to be enabled under the “Messages” section in the Settings app. It may also not be available on all carriers.

@MBC (#30): The triple-click feature was introduced in iPhone OS 3.1, although the multiple font size support is probably new.

Javah1 (#31): As long as you have a 3G connection that shouldn’t happen, but Mail and other apps that want network access will complain when they don’t have any.  I doubt this has changed in OS 4, and it remains part of Apple’s requirements that third-party apps provide network notifications as well.

Kyle Maguire (#32): That is entirely correct, although for certain features they need to update the app as well. When 3.0 came out last year, many of the new features such as video support didn’t get enabled until the week before the final release.  There may be hidden changes in OS 4 that won’t be used until similar back-end changes are made.

@Chris (#33): From what I understand from what was said at the iPhone OS 4 event, applications will remain suspended in RAM as long as there is RAM available. That’s not really “multitasking” per se, as the apps aren’t running (ie, using CPU cycles), but the state is saved in RAM by the OS, rather than the app. I don’t imagine that the iPhone OS tries to restart the app automatically—I think the idea is that if there is insufficient memory, the app is just closed down automatically, in much the same way as most apps do right now when you exit them. If the app is dumped from RAM, it’s going to restart in much the same way as it does now. Even today, however, many developers do preserve the state of their apps when you exit them, and in fact Apple encourages this to provide as seamless a user experience as possible, since things like incoming phone calls (when accepted) will exit the current app and switch to the phone app.  As I mentioned in my earlier comments, I’m sure some apps will handle this more effectively than others, in the same way that they do today—some games, for instance, pick up exactly where you left off when you return to them, while others dump you back to the main screen. Some don’t even save state at all—you lose your game progress entirely if you choose to answer a phone call or exit to respond to an SMS notification while you’re playing the game.

With regards to VM, I don’t believe the iPhone OS provides that right now, and I get the impression that OS 4 won’t change this. You start to take serious performance hits when you get into using virtual memory.  As I noted above, this is also likely the reason that the iPhone 3G and second-generation iPod touch won’t provide multitasking support in OS 4—they don’t have enough RAM to handle it properly.

@Mark (#42): Actually, Name display support appeared in iPhone OS 3.1. Your carrier has to support it, and you may need to subscribe to it separately, but if it’s enabled from your carrier on your account, it comes through automatically without any additional settings.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on April 10, 2010 at 2:17 PM (CDT)

-56

They changed the calculator icon because it looked too much like the new Folder icon.

Posted by macpredictions.com on April 10, 2010 at 2:24 PM (CDT)

-55

In the settings app under sounds have they allowed you to choose a different alert sound for when you get a new email.  The one they have now is just not loud enough.

Posted by steve S on April 10, 2010 at 3:11 PM (CDT)

-54

With regards to the muiltitasking and the app switching “dock”, only applications that have been recompiled for the iPhone OS 4.0 can be suspended by the OS, old applications (like all non-Apple applications you would have on your phone now) will be terminated by the OS instead, so even if going through the “task switcher” they will simply be reloaded, the same as loading them from the Springboard.
In contrast, applications that have been recompiled for OS 4.0 will be suspended by the OS if you switch to another application and will return instantly to their last state (without having to reload that state as a lot of applications already do). Of course Mail, Phone, and Safari apps already did that anyway.

Posted by Janek on April 10, 2010 at 3:30 PM (CDT)

-53

“Multitasking is now accessible on 2009 iPhone and iPod touch models by double-tapping the Home button; you can no longer use double-clicking for the camera or other features.”

Nobody ever needs more than one button, right?

Posted by Yves on April 10, 2010 at 3:36 PM (CDT)

-52

Has there been any change to the home screen to show unread messages, sms messages, etc.  Apple should creat a notification panel.

Posted by Home Screen on April 10, 2010 at 4:07 PM (CDT)

-51

Any one know if they’ve improved the sounds options to allow you to use custom ringtones for SMS yet?

Posted by andy on April 10, 2010 at 4:38 PM (CDT)

-50

Does anyone know if this update lets long song titles scroll in the ipod app? It’s one major annoyance at the moment…

Posted by tpg on April 10, 2010 at 4:45 PM (CDT)

-49

Let me clarify my question about the “no connection” pop-ip in mail. Doesn’t anyone else find this annoying? I live in New York City and whenever I want to catch up on email replies while on the subway I first have to dismiss two dialogues. The Blackberry doesn’t do this.

Posted by Javah1 on April 10, 2010 at 4:51 PM (CDT)

-48

@Jesse David Hollington:
Regarding Multitasking: Wait a second. Does that mean that you loose all the data that has not been manually saved by the app itself if the “task manager” decides to kill the app (that is suspended to RAM)?

E.g. in a game (let’s say it’s really big like 3GS exclusive and uses 128MB RAM big) you’re half way between two checkpoints and decide to look something up in a game guide in safari (you open some tabs). After that you wanna go back to your game, but now it’s totally up to chance if you go back to where you left (resume) or to the earlier checkpoint? You open 2 tabs in safari and you’re golden, but one more and your game is gone without you knowing if or when it gets killed and you loose your progress? That would make some really bad user experience. Android does that way better since it saves the suspended app to storage if needed so you don’t loose anything if it gets killed…

Posted by Mike11 on April 10, 2010 at 5:03 PM (CDT)

-47

It looks as though the clock, voice memos, and possibly maps icons have been updated as well.

Posted by Charles on April 10, 2010 at 8:04 PM (CDT)

-46

@Mike11: Apps compiled for OS 4 to support multitasking will save their state and pick up where they left off.  So, if the OS decides to kill the app because of a memory shortage, the only difference a user should notice is a longer loading time.

Posted by Glen on April 10, 2010 at 9:28 PM (CDT)

-45

Just wondering if you guys were able to to check out the language support? There is currently no support for Indic languages - do you know if this has changed?

Posted by Andrew Odri on April 10, 2010 at 9:38 PM (CDT)

-44

@Glen: Thanks for the info! So it’s not just suspend to RAM. Good news! Makes way more sense this way.

Posted by Mike11 on April 10, 2010 at 9:54 PM (CDT)

-43

Auto rotate shut off? I love reading in bed on my side. Having the ability to turn off the rotate for that would be very very nice.

Posted by Ward on April 10, 2010 at 11:26 PM (CDT)

-42

Have MobileMe email aliases been implemented in Mail? I use a MobileMe alias primarily and in iPhone OS 3.x in order to send emails that show as being sent from the alias, I had to setup my mail account as an “ordinary” IMAP account, instead of a MobileMe account (thus, no push). Would be great if I can select the specific address (alias) I would like to send a message from.

Posted by iKlav on April 10, 2010 at 11:50 PM (CDT)

-41

I really want this when it arrives. But and it’s a bit but ;)... Anyway. Circumstanced beyond my control (with the exception of not getting an iPhone) I have an iPhone that is permanently in a local roaming zone. So all network activity (with the exception of the cellular cervices) is metered at a high rate that is, prohibitive to use. I currently avoid being excessively charged by turning the phone over to Airplane mode and turning Wi-Fi on when I want to use most of the apps (any that I think access the data-network).

My concern is that the data-network seems to be even more integrated in OS4. If I can’t totally control this I will have an iPhone that I can’t afford to turn on, ever!

Can someone there please be kind enough to investigate this for me? What am I in for if I do update my iPhone to SO 4?

P.S. I did negotiate with my provider to turn off the data-network on my plan with no change to the contract so they don’t loose the default contract charges. They eventually agreed and said they had turned it off. But to this day there has been no change to it. Will try again of course but it’s hard getting through to someone whom cares about one customer in c##p situation.

By the way despite the advantages I don’t want to GB my phone to solve this, which I have been told, has a solution.

Cheers,. EkDor

Posted by EKDOR on April 11, 2010 at 12:14 AM (CDT)

-40

.. Oh by the way. I am aware that the OS favours Wi-Fi over the data-network. Unfortunately I live in an old miners cottage made of 1’ thick stone walls. The stones have some mineral in them, something related to copper since that was the local resource, which interferes with the WI-Fi signal. I have the thing in the best spot for coverage I can find, but while using the phone when I first got it I discovered despite seeing the good Wi-Fi signal the providers records indicated a total drop out from time to time which quickly ran up an excess charge on my bill. I tried being really careful, but no matter how careful I was I still got charged so I adopted the OFF method described in my post above and all is well, even if annoying as hell..

Cheers,. EkDor

Posted by EkDor on April 11, 2010 at 12:19 AM (CDT)

-39

Hi!

Is there a delivery notification option in SMS settings?

Posted by gkourk on April 11, 2010 at 3:00 AM (CDT)

-38

Nike+ has changed. It now allows for the wireless syncing of runs. However, the feature results in an unstable operating system, as it seems that Nike have not finished their side of the implementation, as we see safari loading every few seconds.

If you use Nike+, don’t upgrade to this build :D

Posted by Tom Beech on April 11, 2010 at 5:12 AM (CDT)

-37

Phone -> Recents: can you now edit the recents list - delete individual calls vs. clear all?

Posted by Radium56 on April 11, 2010 at 7:59 AM (CDT)

-36

Thank you for a very detailed review!

What does the ‘Cellular Data’ switch in Preferences, General, Network does? If I set it to off, will iPhone fail to transfer any data over mobile internet? Or what does that switch do?

@EkDor: You can use “Download Meter” app to see how much traffic goes over mobile internet for you.

Posted by Andy on April 11, 2010 at 8:05 AM (CDT)

-35

Apple implemented almost every feature, I had to add with jailbreak apps untill now: character count in messages, app switcher, reflective dock, user wallpapers for springboard, folders. The only thing I’m still missing, is calender events, tasks, notifications, messages and weather forecast on my lockscreen. This would be the only reason left, to jailbreak my iPhone OS 4.0 again.

Posted by Oliver on April 11, 2010 at 8:43 AM (CDT)

-34

Great job on the article! Been wanting to see the different screenshots of the new OS. Thanks.

Posted by Cody on April 11, 2010 at 12:11 PM (CDT)

-33

@anton
“new iPhone should have more processor power, more RAM, better camera and a second front-facing camera. Also, I want to be able to shoot HD videos with the main cam. This is a must for today!”

Is it possible that you’re asking for a little too much? A better processor and more RAM are understandable, as is a better camera. The front-facing camera would certainly be nice, but not necessary. However… HD videos? Most standalone video cameras don’t shoot HD video. Expecting a cell phone to do so is asking for too much.

Posted by drumrobot on April 11, 2010 at 12:18 PM (CDT)

-32

When will GeoHot have the Jailbreak ready?

Posted by dave on April 11, 2010 at 12:24 PM (CDT)

-31

forgot that in photos there is now a landscape option

Posted by henk on April 11, 2010 at 2:25 PM (CDT)

-30

Thanks for this great report.

I have some questions:

Do I get still more than one “battery” pop-up? That’s so annoying like the “no connection” pop-up in mail.

How can I activate the music overlay in OS 4.0 or doesn’t it still exist?

Is the play button in diashow back, if I stop it I have to start at the beginning?

And another bug: If I want to change my iTunes Account in the AppStore, Cut&Paste; doesn’t work everytime.

Posted by phpman on April 11, 2010 at 2:39 PM (CDT)

-29

@drumrobot:
There are phones available and announced that can shoot 720p video, especially in Europe and Asia, although not so much in the US. So it’s not that big of a deal. By year’s end probably most flagship phones will do it.

As for the faster CPU, that will also most likely happen in this years version. My guess would be a slightly modified A4 (maybe with an additional VXE unit etc.), 800MHz-1GHz. IMHO RAM will stay the same.

Posted by Mike11 on April 11, 2010 at 3:09 PM (CDT)

-28

“Nike + iPod. Apparently unchanged for now.”

You can now send your workout directly to Nike+ website from the iPhone.

Posted by Justin on April 11, 2010 at 4:13 PM (CDT)

-27

“turn by turn guided navigation in Google Maps”

Developing turn by turn with google maps is explicitly prohibited in Google map API’s agreement. Only Google is allowed to do that.

Posted by ben on April 11, 2010 at 9:01 PM (CDT)

-26

The changes to the Calculator app have nothing to do with showing up better with a background, and everything to do with the look of the icon.

The calculator icon had the white rim around the icon, but that style is now applied to Folders. Thus, the Calculator icon removed it’s white rim and put the math symbols flush together.
Which, frankly, looks spectacularly better as is.

Posted by Jason on April 12, 2010 at 12:49 AM (CDT)

-25

If I’m not mistaken, it does look like the weather icon on the home screen shows current temp? I believe current OS only show 73 degrees, your screen shot shows 23 degrees…  Did I miss something?

Posted by Thomas on April 12, 2010 at 4:09 AM (CDT)

-24

@Thomas My iPod Touch 3G with OS 3.1.3 shows already 23 degrees. Could it be that you use Fahrenheit?

Posted by phpman on April 12, 2010 at 4:29 AM (CDT)

-23

Small thing for some but big one for me: is it possible to finally order notes alphabetically?

Posted by Kurt on April 12, 2010 at 5:12 AM (CDT)

-22

This is an amazing list of bugs and shortcomings in the iPhone OS, something I’ve never seen all in one place.

Apple does a great job, and their apps have a lot of polish. But the comments on this post prove just how hard it is to get everything right for everybody. Keep pushing, people!

Posted by Chris Snyder on April 12, 2010 at 7:40 AM (CDT)

-21

Haven’t seen anybody make the connection yet, so I’ll put it forward here…

The option to turn cellular data on or off only makes sense under one condition - when your cellular plan does NOT have unlimited data.  Couple this new iPhone OS feature with AT&T’s option to have a metered data plan on the iPad and the rumor that a Verizon iPhone is coming and we may be looking at some pretty major changes to the iPhone data plan landscape.

Posted by Tom Barrieau on April 12, 2010 at 10:54 AM (CDT)

-20

@steve S (#45) & Home Screen (#48): It doesn’t appear so.

@andy (#49): User-selectable SMS notification sounds have been available for a while. If you’re referring to the ability to use custom ringtones, that’s unclear but I somehow doubt it. Since custom ringtones can be up to 30 seconds long, there’s no much sense in using one for an SMS notification.

@Javah1 (#51): I know what you mean, and I have the same problem. Unfortunately, it seems to be Apple’s approach that they not only want their own apps to do this, but actually as many third-party apps as possible. Apps have been rejected in the past from the App Store for not providing notifications when no network connection is available. The goal here is obviously to cater to the least common denominator of user, who may not fully understand why they can’t get new e-mail when they’re in the subway.

Mike11 (#52): Since the very first iPhone SDK, Apple has strongly recommended that developers “save state” when the app exits and restore that state when it opens, so that the user can return to where they left off. All of the well-designed apps in the App Store already do this, and in many ways this has made up for the lack of true multi-tasking support. Consider what happens if you get a phone call in the middle of a game or other app: If you decline the phone call, you’re fine as that’s just a pop-up notification, but if you actually answer the call, then the current app is exited and the “Phone” app is loaded to handle the phone call. In most cases when you reload the game or app you should already be where you left off, as the developer should have written it to write its current state before exiting (I believe apps have 5 seconds to “clean up” when they exit).  I’ve already played with apps that don’t do this, and it’s quite annoying—such apps rarely last long on my iPhone, particularly if they’re complex games.

Multitasking shouldn’t change this dramatically, as the requirement will still be for the app to save at least the important part of its state to non-volatile memory before it exits, as most already do. The difference is that the app will remain in RAM such that it loads slightly faster when you return to it. If the iPhone OS needs to terminate a RAM-resident app because it’s running low on memory, the saved state should still be able to return you to where you left off in exactly the same way that apps work now.

The risk will be those developers who rely on the multi-tasking to preserve their app’s state, rather than following Apple’s existing guidelines and taking care of it themselves. It is possible, however, that Apple may enforce the saved state requirements now as a prerequisite for multitasking support and will reject apps that don’t behave well due to the potentially confusing user experience.

Apple could take the approach of saving the app’s state to the main non-volatile memory if it was pushed out of RAM, but I suspect they may resist that for performance reasons and simply put the onus on the developer to take care of their own app’s behaviour. Since most devs have already been doing this for two years, it shouldn’t be a huge obstacle.

@Charles (#53): Hard to tell due to the new background wallpapers—they look mostly the same in content, but may have been touched up a bit.

Glen (#54): Good to know, if true, but based on what I’ve heard regarding existing built-in apps such as “Settings” it doesn’t seem to currently be the case—while in memory, “Settings” will return to where you left off, if pushed out of memory, it starts back at the main settings menu. Based on this behaviour and other info I’ve been led to believe that it would still be up to the developers to address this within their own apps. The potential issue is that if Apple were to handle this there might be a more serious performance hit: Either they’d need to save two copies of the app’s state right away—one in RAM and one in NV memory, or they would need to move the suspended apps RAM state into the NV memory before killing it off. Either one would take cycles, and the latter would be potentially even worse since they’re using up cycles to flush something out of RAM when it’s already getting full and therefore at a critical point. 

Also keep in mind that not every single app needs to have its state saved. “Settings” is a good example: While it’s nice to return to where you left off, it’s not going to affect the user dramatically if they have to start over at the main menu again if it was pushed out of memory. Makes more sense in this case to just let these apps be killed than having to spend CPU cycles flushing them to non-volatile memory.

@iKlav (#58): There have been different reports on this, and it seems to be working for some users but not others. I suspect it’s being implemented, but it may be buggy right now. This is a beta after all :)

@EKDOR (#59): I don’t expect anything to change with iPhone OS 4. For all intents and purposes, anything you can do over 3G you can also do over Wi-Fi. In fact, you usually get more options over Wi-Fi than over 3G—you can download larger-sized content from the iTunes Store and App Store and take advantage of some streaming and VoIP apps that may not be supported over 3G. If anything, I’m guessing that the option to turn cellular data off in iPhone OS 4 will actually be useful in your case—it seems as if this will prevent the iPhone from using any cellular data (3G/EDGE), so if you don’t have Wi-Fi coverage, you basically get no data access.

gkourk (#61): Doesn’t appear to be, but you can do this through SMS anyway on most carriers by prefixing the SMS message with a code. An exclamation mark is a common one, but some carriers will use others. The prefix is stripped out of the message that the recipient sees, but will tell your carrier network to send back a delivery confirmation.

Andy (#64): It would be my assumption, based on the location of the switch, that it disables cellular data (3G/EDGE) entirely, even while on your home network. Consider the option below, which disables data services while roaming, so the two options are somewhat complementary to each other. This would be useful for those users who don’t pay for a data plan, or only have minimal data on their plan and want to be careful when and where they use it.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on April 12, 2010 at 10:58 AM (CDT)

-19

I installed iPhone 4.0 on my 3G and found that 3G users are unable to set a “Home Screen” image. We are only able to set the Wallpaper.

Wierd? Why would they not allow 3G users to add a Home Screen?

Posted by Scott Wood on April 12, 2010 at 11:10 AM (CDT)

-18

I know this is perhaps silly, but I really want to change the sounds associated with the unlock slider…  Is that now possible in 4.0?

Posted by John H on April 12, 2010 at 11:35 AM (CDT)

-17

@EkDor (#59, #60): you can install a custom APN profile. Go to http://www.unlockit.co.nz (the site has nothing to do with unclocking btw) with your iphone while in wifi and follow directions to get “Fake APN profile”. Once successfully installed it will block access to cellular data. When you want to restore the functionality, go to Settings - General - Profile and remove it. I have been using this for some time and it works very well.

Posted by orr721 on April 12, 2010 at 12:50 PM (CDT)

-16

Does the “part of a compilation” now work??  I know the items marked as part of a compilation in iTunes show up in the “compilations” section on the iPhone, but on other iPods (the classic, Nano, and most previous iPods), you can turn compilations off on the iPod so they don’t show up under the artists - this helps keep your artists filter much cleaner, avoiding any “one hit wonders” or any other artists that you want to designate as part of compilation in iTunes from cluttering your list on the iPod.

Since I don’t see the option to turn this on in the settings under iPod in the screen shots, I’m guessing this still doesn’t work correctly.  Is this correct??
Thanks!!

Posted by d-bone on April 12, 2010 at 5:01 PM (CDT)

-15

Also - does the new create playlist feature work like in iTunes - can you create a smart playlist that meets selected criteria??  Or is it simply an on-the-go playlist that you can now simply edit the name of the playlist?

Posted by d-bone on April 12, 2010 at 5:03 PM (CDT)

-14

What are the changes in the phone app. Can you now for example delete single phone calls in the “recent” list?

Posted by pk1 on April 12, 2010 at 7:47 PM (CDT)

-13

Nice review. Here are some suggestions for developers:

- Allow to switch between multiple open tabs/pages when browsing with Safari by simply swiping left or right (2 fingers for example).

- Fix the orientation of pictures imported from Sony Ericsson phones or Olympus cameras in Photos. If the picture was rotated from the phone or camera, its orientation is lost on iPod (tag not recognized, even though OK in Preview)

- Allow opening more document formats from Mail (non QuickTime movies, etc)

- Add common accented letters and apostrophes to French keyboard

- In App store, allow rating reviews and search for the most useful ones to weed out useless comments from kids

- Propose spellchecker once text is typed in Mail and others

- When double-clicking a column of text to zoom it, prevent accidental clicking of links within text

- Allow to block orientation of page with simple action when browsing while lying horizontally

- Improve search for wifi networks to show signals by strength and open status first (like many apps such as eWifi do)

- When user has two computers, allow to OK both to prevent loss when syncing

- Allow a SimpleText app to save documents and make a PDF out
Thanks

Posted by SG on April 13, 2010 at 12:08 AM (CDT)

-12

I agree with Ward (#57), Radium56 (#63), Kurt (#77) and PK1 (#86): we need Auto-rotate lock, deleting of individual entries in Recent List, and ability to sort Notes alphabetically or organize them in folders or categories.
Two more: A button to cancel an outgoing sms/mms when you notice a typo or you are sending it to the wrong person.

Also, a quicker way to turn on/off bluetooth, which as is, is a dangerous task if done while driving.

Posted by djman10 on April 13, 2010 at 2:08 AM (CDT)

-11

Can u make a screenshot of the new calculator? I was looking for it in the whole web, but i didn’t find it :D

Posted by Me, Myself, iMe and I on April 13, 2010 at 2:37 AM (CDT)

-10

can u screenshot when you hold down the world button on the keyboard so it shows the languages?

Posted by Natanel on April 13, 2010 at 7:48 AM (CDT)

-9

@Scott Wood (#81): As the current release is only the first beta, it’s impossible to say for certain whether this will be a permanent limitation or is only a temporary bug.  Keep in mind, however, that the iPhone 3GS and third-generation iPod touch do use a newer graphics chip as well as containing twice the RAM.

@John H (#82): I haven’t seen any evidence of this, and from what I’ve heard even the new mail sound cannot be changed, so I wouldn’t hold my breath. You can, of course, turn the lock sound off completely—that’s been there since the beginning.

@d-bone (#84 / #85): I agree that the lack of a “Compilation” option in settings is not encouraging, but it’s possible Apple has either enforced this setting by default or may not have changed it yet. Remember that this is only the first beta.

It would appear that the create playlist feature is simply an on-the-go playlist that you can name. Considering how dodgy Smart Playlist support has been in the iPhone OS over the past year, I’m not sure I’d want the ability to create and manage Smart Playlists on the iPhone right now—I’d much rather they fix the existing problems before creating new ones. :)  That said, the ability to edit/update any existing playlist on the device looks like it will be interesting and useful.

@pk1 (#86): The article above indicates that the Phone app is unchanged at this point.

@Me, Myself, iMe and I (#89): According to the article, the Calculator itself hasn’t changed—only the icon on the home screen.  This is probably why there aren’t any screenshots floating around—if it’s exactly the same as in iiPhone OS 3, then it’s pretty uninteresting.

Natanel (#90): The languages are already shown in the article—there are six screenshots showing the language options available for the keyboard. I suspect that like iPhone OS 3, the “World” button only appears if you have added more than one keyboard layout/language, and the options will simply be those keyboards that you’ve specifically added.  The complete list in the images above which represent all the languages that you can add is probably more useful than the shorter list that would appear showing only those that have been specifically configured.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on April 13, 2010 at 10:16 AM (CDT)

-8

Do we know when 4.0 is set to be released to the general public?

Posted by Izzy on April 13, 2010 at 12:35 PM (CDT)

-7

Also—will there be the ability to put a passcode on accessing created folders?  Seems like that would be a great way to do some easy kid-proofing…

Posted by John H on April 13, 2010 at 1:53 PM (CDT)

-6

Is there any indication of an improved notification panel or any unread email icon on the lock screen?

Posted by jdog on April 13, 2010 at 11:19 PM (CDT)

-5

Are you seeing anything that would indicate that Apple is going to allow the user to choose a background color for folders when they create a new folder?  I think this would make differentiating folders must easier.

It would also be great to be able to change the font and font size when looking at iPhone Notes, like you can do in iBooks on the iPad. The current italicized font they have chosen is unique, but not easy for me to read.

Posted by David on April 14, 2010 at 3:33 PM (CDT)

-4

I would like to see bulk delete of email when checking from the inbox. As of right now, you can only bulk delete all messages from the trash only.

Posted by Michael on April 16, 2010 at 11:10 PM (CDT)

-3

Any signs of email push support for more emails accounts like AOL?

Posted by ajghawk on April 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM (CDT)

-2

Please, please tell me that you can now set a calendar alert for more than two days ahead of an event! Pleeeease…

Posted by chilimost on April 21, 2010 at 9:24 AM (CDT)

-1

Now that iPhone 4 has finally given us folders, the feature I would most like to see on the iPhone is:

Folders. Real, actual folders that we can put more than 12 things into, folders into which we can put sub-folders and sub-sub-folders, if we so desire. The option Apple has given us is not really folders, but Small Piles Of Stuff.

I’d like an OS X-like folder model, where I can simply create a new folder and stuff things into it. Or I can make a Smart Folder, where I can group items that match certain criteria. Allow me to add multiple keywords to my apps and use those keywords as criteria for Smart Folders. This would allow me to launch an app from several different Smart Folders. I can keyword my bank’s app with Finance and Daily, so it will appear in Smart Folders that group together all my finance apps and in another “Daily” folder with my apps—such as weather and newspaper apps—that I want to check every day.

Posted by Plan-K on April 21, 2010 at 12:36 PM (CDT)

0

12 apps in a folder are you kidding me?! My ipod is jailbroken now and i have categories and my games folder has like 40 in it!!!!!!

Also i think that the app icons were better in 3.0 than 4.0, especially calculator. Hopefully this is jailbreakable though…....

Posted by FlamingLllama on April 21, 2010 at 9:11 PM (CDT)

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