Latest iPhone OS beta reveals iPod widget and orientation lock

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“A big new feature has been added to the multi-tasking user interface in iPhone OS 4, and that appears to be a widget interface for the iPod app. If you flick to the left of your first window of open apps, you are greeted with a few new buttons,” Mark Gurman reports for 9 to 5 Mac.

“A stationary iPod button to quickly launch the app, iPod music controls, and Orientation lock,” Gurman reports. “The orientation lock is just like on the iPad, but instead is controlled via this new menu.”

Gurman reports, “This could be the beginning of mini-widgets coming to iPhone OS 4.”

[In an update, Gurman reports: Apple has pulled the update temporarily.]

Full article, with screenshots, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]


  1. @btaylor

    Those cursor buttons would slow people down. You would have tap the buttons many times, or hold the buttons down a while to move the cursor over any distance. The way it is now, you can move the cursor anywhere by a single tap.

    In designing a touch UI, perhaps of the most important considerations is how make it usable with as few taps as possible.

  2. @btaylor

    I agree with you. It would be great to be able to go back a couple spaces and add/edit a letter to a word without having to backspace and erase the word or get out the magnifying glass.

  3. @mas

    Your reason?

    Touce’, but maybe “better editing” is not the proper term.
    The “alternative” editing the iPhone allows is a good, well, alternative, but what would make iPhone editing “better” is to have the touch-spot editing AND the cursor buttons.

    You can’t tell me it’s better to move my finger(s) away from the keyboard to make an edit in every case.

    When I need to go back to a different part of the document the touch cursor is the best option. When I just need to go back a few spaces the cursor seems to be a better option.

    All I’m saying is make it an option, at least.

    FYI: I started typing this response on my iPhone in the MDN app and gave up and typed it on my work PC—-eeeeewwwwwww!!

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