This is coming in a little bit late, my apologies. Driving around in San Francisco takes a bit longer than I thought… but with all that aside, let’s get to the nitty gritty: iPhone OS 4.0. This is by far the largest announcement by Apple since iPhone OS 2.0, and I was very impressed by it. Among the 100s of features, Apple introduced seven “tent-pole” features, meaning most likely the major features of OS 4.0.
The seven tent pole features are as follows:
- Mail enhancements: one inbox for all mail accounts, threaded conversation view, and opening attachments
- iBooks for the iPhone and iPod Touch
- Enterprise: better data protection, wireless app distribution, multiple Exchange accounts
- Game Center: social platforming network similar to OpenFeint, Plus+, and AGON
- iAd: advertising in-game, price cut is 60-40 split with Apple
The coolest thing announced, in my opinion, was the Game Center. It should, one way or another, bring together all social platforming networks into one. If it didn’t, then all this excitement is for naught, as this is the only reason Apple would be interested in making such a feature.
Another feature that could be interesting is bluetooth keyboard, bringing about a whole new wave of accessories for the iPhone. Everyone, including me, is speculating a slide-out keyboard case that someone may think about making, and it would totally make sense for people who don’t like the touch screen to start buying the iPhone.
Other features that weren’t announced but shown on the screen are shown below. iPhone OS 4.0 will be available in the summer, with 4.0 for the iPad coming later in the fall. Multitasking will not be available for the 1st gen iPhone and iPod Touch, and the 2nd gen iPhone and iPod Touch.
[images via Engadget]