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.


  1. @R2

    “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. “

    If you want something that’s supported after three years, by a hammer or a shovel. If want a technology product that gets free upgrades after three years, I think that’s a bit much. It’s not that Apple is evil, it’s the nature of the technology product market. The iPhone is one of the few phones that has ANY value after the first 6 months. Before the iPhone, you could hardly give your phone away after a year, and nobody was giving out free upgrades with added functionality. I guess it doesn’t matter how much a company gives you – some people will always complain that they didn’t get even more.

  2. To anyone with a 1st generation iPhone complaining about not getting a 4.0 upgrade, GET OVER IT. You’re using a phone that’s going to be 2.5 to 3 years old by the time the software ships. Apple only supports devices for the duration of your 2 year contract. Once that’s over, you can choose to continue using the phone you have or upgrade to a current model. To expect them to keep investing development resources on your ancient phone (in the mobile world, at least) is just ridiculous.

  3. @ ecrabb

    As an 2.5G iPhone owner, our “out-of-date” hardware is still lightyears ahead of the other “smart” phones even without 3G. Where we are located in Central PA, there’s no 3G service for miles, so why upgrade? So we can pay the extra $10 a month to say we have 3G. Eventually I’ll upgrade when the battery starts to fade, but my 2.5G iPhone is working like a champ, so Apple, keep the upgrades coming.

  4. The original iPhone may simply not have the processing power to handle the new OS. It is not only addition of 3G telephonic capabilities that makes the newer models different. The core processor is better.

  5. @ R2, and the other people worrying about being forced to upgrade:

    Be glad you’re not in the WinMob treadmill. There’s no guarantee that any of today’s WiMo phones will be able to upgrade to the latest and greatest. Ditto for the numerous Android variants out there – more often than not, you’re stuck with the version you got when you bought it.

    We have it pretty darn good with Apple, all things considered.

  6. Regarding the multi-tasking rumor – I’ll only be happy about this if we’re allowed to choose which apps run in the background. Last thing I want is some trojan sneaking thru the approval process to steal contact info, passwords, battery life, etc.

  7. @cjstheman;

    ATT has a policy that if you can show your primary address is in an area that is not served by 3G, you only will pay the EDGE price and will not be charged that extra $10.

    It’s been that way since the 3G came out.

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