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Friday, April 9, 2010

iPhone OS 4

Apple had their press conference on the iPhone OS 4 yesterday. I watched a live blog on Engadget as it happened since I obviously wasn’t there. Here are my thoughts.

Number one on my mind is obviously my excitement for multitasking. I like their interface they went with, and I think it should work well. The folder feature reminds me of the Droid OS personally. I actually joked sarcastically to a friend nearby – who owns an Android phone – that I was so happy that my iPod Touch was turning into an iDroid. On the subject of the Touch, only iPod Touch 3rd gen. are getting the full new OS. Touch’s of the 1st and 2nd generation are getting – for lack of a better term – dumbed down versions, as are iPhones 3G and earlier.

I’m less excited about the enhanced mail feature that allows you to have a merged inbox and more then one Exchange account, but it will be a nice touch. I’m more looking forward to the Game Center, basically iBox Live. It’s a take off of Xbox Live – achievements and all. How it will work with existing apps is anyone’s guess.

Lastly, I’m happy that they’re finally allowing wallpapers. It was nice to be able to pick an idle screen for when the device is locked, but now you can pick a wallpaper to go behind your icons.

OS 4 should be available sometime this summer for iPhone/iPod Touch and this fall for iPad.

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