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iPhone OS 4.0 to offer Exposé-like multitasking management

Apple’s upcoming iPhone OS 4.0 will allow users to run multiple third-party applications at once, managing these through an interface similar to that of Mac OS X’s Exposé feature, according to an AppleInsider report. Citing people familiar with Apple’s plans for the new software, the report states that users will employ a key combination—possibly a double-tap on the Home button, which currently triggers a user-definable action—to trigger an Exposé-like interface that will present a series of icons representing currently running apps, letting users switch in between them. Once a selection is made, the interface reportedly zooms out and transitions to the selected application. Additionally, the report claims that the new software sports a global mailbox view and the ability to add contacts directly to the home screen, although it notes that either one, or both, of these features could be cut before the software is released. Daring Fireball’s John Gruber mentioned iPhone OS 4.0’s third-party multitasking capabilities in a brief posting earlier this week, while Apple CEO Steve Jobs recently confirmed in an email to a customer that a universal mailbox would be coming to the iPhone.

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1

I think even the biggest “fanboys”, including me, have to admit the iPhone/iPod touch OS is dated.
We need updates to the interface, and I’m sure Apple is on it, but likely wanted to ship iPads sooner than later.
The iPad will only magnify the shortcomings.  Big screens with lots of apps spread around is dopey on a screen that size - and even on iPhones now.
We need folders.  We need at least some multi-tasking.
I have faith that 4.0 will answer these and other issues.

Posted by sb on March 31, 2010 at 3:55 PM (CDT)

2

As long as any folders feature doesn’t suck the iPhone OS down the black hole that is Symbian S60, aka Windows 3.1 (‘92) Mobile.

Posted by Herr Doktor on March 31, 2010 at 4:26 PM (CDT)

3

Software improvement will not be enough, no matter what they are…with all of the competition going on, the next iPhone needs to have upgraded hardware, and I mean more than just a front facing camera and nicer screen.  Other phones out there are touting 8mp cameras and HDMI outs!

Posted by DynaMix on March 31, 2010 at 4:54 PM (CDT)

4

Apple, will you FINALLY let us have the Bluetooth AVRCP profile on the iPhone? (You’re how many years late to the game on this?)

Posted by Herr Doktor on April 1, 2010 at 12:11 PM (CDT)

5

Well, that sounds great, but with the current battery issues, I can see running multiple apps draining the battery in a matter of a few hours.
But folders would be nice.

Posted by Eric Hicks on April 1, 2010 at 12:34 PM (CDT)

6

multi tasking should have been a given from the 1st major os update! The arguments against it due to drained battery are dumb as im sure the more savvy user would be able to use his/her common sense and keep track of running apps. The main thing i want to see in the os 4.0 jobbie though would be the ability to add and change themes natively and a frefreshed ui. I mean Its been what, three - four years since the 1st iphone with the same old tired white and grey menus? Apple, pulll your finger out and take away my need to jailbreak to do what i could years ago on sony ericsson. Thanks

Posted by rob on April 1, 2010 at 5:46 PM (CDT)

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