iPhone OS 4.0 Review: Summary and Complete Guide
Heads up! The moment of truth is finally here for the new iPhone OS. While some are a bit disappointed, about the sans-out news for the iPhone 4G, the whole iPhone OS 4.0 announcement was pretty exhilarating to see. We’ve covered a definitive guide for you — So when summer arrives, you know what to dive for with your new iPhone.
Both the iPhone and iPod touch will receive an iPhone OS 4.0 blessing this summer. Although it’s not yet disclosed if it’ll be available as a download for iPhone 3GS / iPod Touch 2G or users will be obliged to buy a new iPhone (4G) / iPod Touch 3G unit. iPad will also be endowed with iPhone OS 4.0, but later, until Fall.
Steve Jobs introduced the new features of the new OS and called it as Poles — there are Ten Poles, in which, it was explained on a categorical basis. So let’s begin.
iAd: Apple’s latest innovation for their advertising platform
What makes this platform unique is it makes the advertisement blend on your current work with your iPhone. (e.g: If you’re browsing on a certain website, you can see a picture of nike-shox shoes rotating and you can play around it and submit after) Gone are the days of those text-link mobile ads lying under your screen (like admob) What the iPhone OS 4.0 holds are interactivity and fun. Steve Jobs puts it in this way: Emotion + interactivity = Super Revenue (iAd)
- Create a profile, find a taget, search it.. and voila! interactive ads at your fingertips. Have commercials that won’t be missed out by viewers again. (Steve Jobs, appears very proud)
-Imagine, a gaming-like-ad running inside an app?
-Good News! 60% of the revenue goes to the developer, 40 to Apple… One of the most generous, Ad network, we’ve seen so far.
How will you earn: There are 1 Billion Ad impressions per day and an average person consumes 30 minutes playing with it every day. If Apple gives 10 Ads during those 30 minute of playtime for the users — that will give the publishers 1 Billion Ad opportunities for their ads to be viewed by users per day.
Game Center: New Social Gaming Network
If you think MS is the only company who’s planning to pump their mobile device with some serious gaming experience — somehow it appears that Apple will do it as well. The speaker, touts it as “So Apple’s got their Xbox Live” – That sums it all up!
-Other features also include, prize and achievement awards, matchmaking for players and an enterprise platform. Who doesn’t want that?
The Game Center will be opened for developers this summer. And expect, games to soar as high as 50,000 apps.
iBooks on your iPhone / iPod Touch
Now, Apple wouldn’t be too selfish to share its iBooks only with the iPad, would it? Behold, the iBook App right on your iPhone OS 4.o!
- Share, sync, buy all the books you want, with just a click from the store.
-For the 1st time in the history of your iPhone — You can finally open-attachment and view it directly.
Organize by thread
- Arrange all your mails (Y mail, MobileMe, Exchange) in one inbox..Although, Gmail and Hotmail seems to be not included yet.
New Folders and Background Customization
-Limit of Apps in iPhone Increased from 180 to 2160 apps!
-It appears Apple has heard the plea of the users, complaining about the lack of customization with the background (wallpaper) of the iPhone OS 3.0. Now, while it looks like the superphone of Google still has the upper hand with this one. (live wallpaper, real folders) The new iPhone OS Drag and Drop UI is catching up fast!
-Change your working background, not just the welcome screen (when you’re about to unlock your iPhone)
-Customize your folder, put a unique name in it, drag and drop the apps in there. and presto! you got one. Deleting it? Well you know, just hold it, and once the apps wiggle you know what to do…
iPhone OS 4.0 Multitasking
This is what we’ve been waiting for to happen. The moment of truth — While it appears, the multitasking previewed by Steve Jobs is not the one we’ve hoped for. Its still very impressive and tens of folds better than what we have on the old iphone OS.
-Task Completion: You are uploading something? Some Apps takes too long to finish on running? Steve claims that the new OS can make you switch to a new app while those running apps, are still not finished with its work.
-Docking: By double tapping your home button, it’ll produce these array of running apps, floating on your screen. Wherein you can select, which apps to kill or to switch your current work with.
-Control Pandora even on LockScreen
-You can do all these, without draining much of the battery. (Scott Forstall announced)
-Phone 3GS and iPod Touch 2nd gen – Won’t have multitasking. Sounds like this will only be exclusive with the new iPhone 4G and iPod Touch 3G.
iPhone OS 4.0 Push-Notifications Improve
Updates are now more customized – You want push notifications only in your mail, maps, flickr, etc? You got it!
Would be cool if you’re GPS is on, and you’re playing foursquare.
iPhone OS 4.0 VOiP Improved
Improved by adding multitasking with it. Putting it on the background, while listening to a music. How about calling someone, while its still running?
And yes, It still uses Skype.
There’s no doubt that this upgrade of the new iPhone OS 4.0, is miles away from the old iPhone 3.0. Although some areas like multitasking is still not the one we have on our mind (close to a real desktop experience) Wherein you can have a music-window and resize it, make it play on the right side of your background, while you can open a new window again, and this time, play some games like TapTap Revenge, and open a 3rd window, so you can open that walkthrough guide for “How to cheat in TapTap Revenge App.txt” and read it while you can switch to tap tap and play it again, without ever needing to minimize the entire App.
In short, having the luxury to run all the apps you chose on your screen… All at at once. But that even said, what Apple offers now as a multitasking experience is already good and I’m sure, many users can appreciate that, coming from the old iPhone OS.
Steve Jobs also made a new approach with its games. Now, creating a social-networking center exclusive for games only, hoping to achieve a community of developers — much like what we’re seeing with the Xbox. The iAd also serves as an ice-breaker for publishers to promote their products in a more fun and exciting environment, hoping to boost revenue on both parties.
The next obvious question now will be, what will happen to new iPhone 4G and to the iPod Touch 3G? To answer that, it appears Apple is ziplocked (as usual) about that, so I guess we, mortal men, must need to wait again.
See you on the other side…
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