Alas. Our prayers have been answered. Apple announced the next iteration of its iPhone OS – version 4 yesterday. And finally, succumbing to criticism around the lack of multitasking, they have added the feature in this version.
First, here is a full list of features in the next version:
That is a neat set of features. According to Apple, their approach to multitasking is way more efficient and smarter than traditional ones. In the iPhone OS, when an app is running in background, it will only be allowed to carry out a few tasks. These tasks, according to Apple, cover all that most background apps need to do. This saves battery life and memory as the app is not running in its full fraternity. The allowed tasks are:
The new OS will be available to iPhone and iPod Touch users this summer (June-July). Here is the compatibility list:
Not supporting the original iPhone and the iPod Touch is understandable as they are really very old devices and probably do not have the necessary hardware. However, iPhone 3G is currently being sold by Apple and there might be people who have bought it in the recent past. They are going to be furious over the lack of multitasking. Apple’s stand on this is – ‘the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G both have only 128 MB of RAM which is not enough to support multitasking smoothly’. Can’t blame them for ensuring that their customers have a smooth OS, but if this is the case, they should’ve really stopped selling iPhone 3G a few months back.
The iPad will support all the above mentioned features. However, the update won’t be available until Fall 2010 for iPad. This is probably because the iPhone OS is built for the iPhone and then customized for other devices which takes some time.
No word on pricing, but analysts are expecting the same pricing model – free for iPhone and 10$ for iPod Touch for this one as well. The update for iPad should ideally be free as well.
Head on to TUAW for more.
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