RUMOR: iPhone OS 4.0 to feature OS-wide Multi-Touch™ gestures, multitasking, and more

The Boy Genius is reporting, via one of his “trusty Apple connects,” that iPhone OS 4.0 will feature, among other things:

• Multi-Touch™ gestures OS-wide

• “A few new ways” to run applications in the background — multitasking

• Update available for only the iPhone 3G and 3GS, but will “put them ahead in the smartphone market because it will make them more like full-fledged computers” more than any other phone to date.

More info and features in the full article here.

37 Comments

  1. I wish my iPhone would automatically switch to 3G when plugged in and then back to Edge with unpluged. Make it a preference.

    I wish my iPhone would let me multitask when pluggin in.

    My iPhone is plugged in a lot when in the car.

  2. “Nooo……….why would they leave the original iPhone in the dark?”

    Those customers have gone too long without giving Apple more money for new hardware. So Apple is forcing them to upgrade. The few hundred dollars they spent as early adopters, spreading the word and helping to convert millions of new iPhone users for Apple, are only worth TWO YEARS of support. After that, you’re expected to throw it away and buy the new model regardless how hard you worked to keep it clean and usable.

    That’s the Apple way. Fall in line and accept it.

  3. @R2,

    Never mind that those people have already gotten TWO MAJOR OS UPGRADES to that existing hardware in those 2-2.5 years.

    Ah, I guess you guys are right… People should just expect to be able to run the latest and greatest operating system on their hardware regardless of how old it gets or out-of-date the hardware spec is.

  4. I love the part about adding tablet features to the iphones. How long has it taken so far for the rest of the world to try to (unsuccessfully) catch up to the iPhone, only to have Apple leave them all in the dust again.

    It’ll be like a street race where you’re just starting to think you might catch the leader, and he pushes the nitrous button.

  5. It makes sense that the original iPhone won’t get this upgrade, at least not for free — recall that Apple books iPhone revenue over 24 months using subscription accounting in order to dole out free OS upgrades during that time; the first-gen model came out in June of 2007, so the clock’s up.

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