“Like clockwork, Apple has once again offered up numerous improvements to the iPhone’s software in a June release,” Michael deAgonia reports foro Computerworld. “Although all eyes were on the new iPhone 4 at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference two weeks ago, the new smartphone would be just a stylish chunk of stainless steel and glass without iOS 4, the new operating system that arrives today.”
“For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been running Apple’s newly minted iOS 4 to find out whether it, like previous OS updates before it, breathes new life into the iPhone line-up,” deAgonia reports.
MacDailyNews Take: We concur. iOS4 has transformed our iPhone 3GS units. Apple’s folder implementation is, like Apple’s copy-paste, app organization done right.
deAgonia reports, “Apple tends to focus each major iOS release on a few, well-implemented features. This year’s release — which iPad users will get this fall — shows that the development teams at Apple have delivered, among other things, limited multitasking for third-party applications, better application sorting and management, and improved e-mail functions. The end result is an updated operating system that makes using the iPhone a much more polished experience, all without sacrificing battery life.”
“The fourth iteration of the iPhone’s OS is supported by the iPhone 4 (which arrives on Thursday); last year’s iPhone 3GS; and, to a lesser extent, the iPhone 3G that arrived in 2008. Recent iPod touch models are also supported,” deAgonia reports. “If you’re still using the original iPhone from 2007, or the first iPod touch, you won’t be able to run iOS 4.”
5 ways Apple’s iOS 4 ‘breathes new life’ into iPhone:
• Better application management (folders)
• Better Enterprise support
• Filled to the brim with small enhancements
• Hundreds of new APIs for developers
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MacDailyNews Note: iOS 4 is due at 10am PDT/1pm EDT today. When it’s released via iTunes, we’ll let you know!