The release of iPhone OS 4 which includes updated Software Development Kit (SDK) with over 1500 APIs and other new features to its users this summer is good news to all iPhone and iPod touch lovers.
iPhone OS 4’s new multitasking provides users with a new way to quickly move between applications . Also included for developers are seven multitasking features to their applications like background audio, so apps like Pandora can play music in the background, and VoIP, so VoIP apps can receive a VoIP call even when the iPhone is asleep or the user is running other apps. iPhone OS 4 provides multitasking to third party apps while preserving battery life and foreground app performance, which has until now proved elusive on mobile devices.
“iPhone OS 4 is the fourth major release of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. We’re delivering over 100 new features, including multitasking, folders, a unified inbox, deeper Enterprise support, and an iPhone version of our iBooks reader and online iBookstore”. Said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO in the Statement.
Folders also help users to freely organize and access applications by simply dragging one application icon onto another. In this way, a new folder is automatically created and named basing on the Application Store category of that application.
The iPhone OS 4 is designed to deliver best mail experience on a mobile phone with its new Unified Inbox. A few taps will enable users to quickly switch between inboxes to check messages from any single account.
The new features included in iPhone OS 4 are improvements in security, scalability and compatibility. The Mobile Device Management service can easily integrate with third party servers to enable wireless configuration, query, wiping or lock managed iPhones. The software can also be of great importance to Enterprises by securely hosting and wirelessly distribute their own applications to their employees. Security of mail messages and attachments stored on iPhone is enhanced by use of user's passcode as an encryption key and also avails the user of possibility to set longer and more complex passcode to further secure the iPhone.
Apple announced in their Press Release that iPhone OS 4 Beta software and SDK are immediately available for iPhone Developer Program at developer.apple.com while iPhone OS 4 will be available as a software update to iPhone and iPod touch users this summer.
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution with the Apple II, then reinvented the personal computer with the Macintosh. Apple continues to lead the industry with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system, and iLife, iWork and professional applications.