So Apple released details around the new iPhone 4.0 OS today, with some surprising results. First and foremost, the 1G and 1G iPod touch will come out with the short end of the stick, as they will not be able to upgrade to 4.0. Also iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2nd gen will not get multi-tasking, so it seems that those devices are reaching its life expectancy.
I find this strange that Apple would leave out the 3G version, considering that it's still sold by Apple and is one of there most popular models. So here is a quick highlight rundown of what's coming:
- Multi-tasking: Phone 3G and iPod touch 2nd gen don't get to play in these reindeer games.
- Fast app switching: allows users to "freeze" an app and reopen it in its exact state when you return to it.
- App folders: Now you can sort your apps into folders to clean up that home screen mess.
- Unified inbox: Now you can combine Exchange, gmail, yahoo mail, ect, inboxes into one.
- Custom backgrounds: What the hell took so long? Jailbreakers have had this forever.
- Game Center: Clearly this is Apple going after Windows Mobile 7 and its ability to connect games to one another via PSN and Xbox Live.
- Local notifications: Notifications can be sent between apps on the phone and not just via remote servers.
- 5x digital zoom: This hints to a higher quality camera in the next iPhone.
Well it looks like I might as well start saving for the new iPhone now.