Apple is back with it’s biggest iPhone OS update dubbed 4.0. This new Operating system will be released this Summer (and the iPad version in Fall). The developer version of the OS is already available for download.
To make the most of this new OS you will either need an iPhone 3Gs or a new-gen iPod touch due to the new memory/CPU requirements of the new OS
The biggest new feature is multitasking, which Apple says is going to be the “best” implementation in the smartphone space, though it’s obviously not the first. App switching is activated by double tapping the home button, which pulls up a “dock” of currently running apps, and Apple claims it can do this without hurting battery life or performance for the front app.
Top new features include:
- Spell check.
- Bluetooth keyboard support.
- User-defined wallpaper.
- Tap to focus when recording video, just like with photos, and a 5x digital zoom for the camera.
- Playlist creation and nested playlists.
- App folders for sorting apps.
- Enhanced Mail! You can have a merged inbox view, switch between inboxes quickly, and sync to more than one Exchange account. There’s also threaded messaging (at last!) and in-app attachment viewing.
- iBooks, just like on iPad, only smaller. You can wirelessly sync books between platforms, a la Kindle.
- Enterprise features, including remote device management and wireless app distribution.
- Game Center. It’s like Xbox Live, but for iPhone games.
As you can see, unline the iPhone 3.0 release, this version will bring a lot of new functionality and it will also plug in a few of the feature requests that the general crowd has been asking for (Multi tasking, app folders, wallpaper, enhanced mail) so I’m pretty sure a lot of iPhone 3Gs will be very happy with this release.