iOS 4: Impressions and Features

iOS 4 was released for the iPhone and iPod touch today, and I luckily had the chance to download it and give it a shot.  To me, it’s everything I expected it to be.  But that’s not writing it off and saying that iOS 4 is horrible; no, this is an awesome firmware upgrade that was much needed.

Folders

I just cleaned up 11 pages of apps and games into folders, and while the process was a bit cumbersome, it was very smooth and worked like a charm.  You can only fit 12 apps into one folder though, which is kind of a bummer since now I have around 5 different game folders and 3 entertainment folders.  Still, it’s a feature that looks to be useful from what I see.  Just be careful if you’re like me and reset the homescreen layout to make the apps go into alphabetical order.  The folders will delete if you reset the homescreen layout.

Orientation lock

While it seems like a small feature, this one is huge for me.  Whenever I’m lying down on my bed, I always have to switch around my iPhone’s screen orientation so that I can read news while lying down.  Of course, it was annoying and never worked well… especially with the Facebook app.  This was a feature I was hoping for so, so much, and I’m so glad Apple decided to put this one in there.

Multitasking

Another yet beautiful feature.  While most apps and games don’t support it yet (meaning it doesn’t really run in the background), apps like Pandora become quite useful here.  The music controls are awesome, and it working seamlessly with the lockscreen and multitasking menu is a dream come true.  Multitasking was quite smooth though, and I didn’t find any slowdowns even after running 5-10 apps at a time.

Improved mail

I read a lot of email everyday, whether it be from developers or just personal emails.  The threaded emails are definitely good to follow your conversations, and it’ll show however many emails were exchanged between you and that certain person.  The universal mailbox is also cool but not too useful to me, since I like to keep everything organized and not all mumble-jumbled together.

5x Digital Zoom

It’s a nifty feature that should have been included in the first generation iPhone, but atleast they didn’t leave it out.  Now I’m able to take pictures from far away without having to walk up so close to people while taking pictures.  It’s a small feature, but much needed in my opinion for those who love to take pictures.

Those 5 features are the most notable for me right now.  I can’t seem to find anything else that truly popped out at me, unless you want to list the changing of the homescreen background as something “cool”.  Still, iOS 4 added a large number of needed features that makes the iPhone and iPod touch experience even better.  I’m quite satisfied with the update, even though a lot of the features were already provided when I jailbroke firmware 3.0.

[image via Engadget]

About Daniel

I have been an iPhone game addict ever since the NES emulator came out on the 1.1.4 iPhone 2G. After 2.0 and the App Store came out, my iPhone homescreen has never been the same. Other than writing reviews for App Store games, I play soccer/football, American football, volleyball, and golf. I love going to the beach and fishing on the pier. Some games not available on iPhone/iPod Touch that I truly love are the Call of Duty series, Guitar Hero III, Madden NFL 09, and PGR: Gotham Racing.

7 thoughts on “iOS 4: Impressions and Features

  1. I’m always grateful for people like you 🙂 thanks a bunch, I’ve fixed it to reflect what I was trying to say.

  2. Great writeup! You’ve definitely hit the highlights on what I’m most interested in. Downloading now 🙂 Can’t wait to play around

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