Is iPhone 4 What You Hoped it Would Be?

iPhone 4

Now that it has been a couple of days since Steve Jobs’ keynote at the WWDC, are you excited for iPhone 4? Are you satisfied with all that the new iPhone has to offer?

Personally, I am stoked about all the announcements except for one thing, no FaceTime video calls over AT&T’s 3G network. Nevertheless, I am looking forward not only to multitasking, folders and the iOS4 update, but also to iPhone 4’s great new hardware changes, including a front-facing camera, a much faster (A4) processor, and iMovie for iPhone. You can read all about iPhone 4 on

I would love to know what you think. Did the iPhone 4 announcements live up to your expectations?

iPhone OS 4: What Do You Think of the Latest iPhone Update?

iPhone OS 4

What did you think of Apple’s grand announcement of the new iPhone OS 4? Personally, I’m most excited about multitasking and folders, two features I asked for in my iPhone wish list for 2010.

Continue reading for a breakdown of my favorite iPhone OS 4 features, some limitations, and what’s missing in this latest iPhone update, which will become available for download on iTunes this summer.


iPhone Multitasking

The new multitasking update in iPhone OS 4.0 will make it possible to run location tracking services in the background, along with VOIP services such as Skype, background audio such as Pandora, and other services. This is going to make iPhone dramatically more useful. I have always wanted the ability to run location tracking apps in the background, so that I could use apps like Google Latitude to broadcast my location no matter what app I am running. Currently, you can only broadcast your location in Latitude if you’re in Safari with the web app open. This renders Latitude for iPhone pretty useless, since you can’t exit Safari and still share your location. Worry no more, for multitasking will fix that.

No Multitasking for 3G Users

Perhaps not surprisingly, Apple is shamelessly omitting the multitasking feature from iPhone 3G. They say the 3G’s hardware would not be able to handle multitasking, but I beg to differ, considering jailbroken 3G iPhones can multitask just fine.

Clearly, Apple’s intention is to make 3G users feel left out of the party so that they buy the latest iPhone model. That’s called planned obsolescence. They deliberately impose an artificial limit on the iPhone 3G so that you consider it obsolete and buy a 3GS or the next generation iPhone at full price. This practice may be good for sales, but it is wasteful and unfairly costs you money.

If you have an iPhone 3G and you want multitasking, your options are either: upgrade to a new iPhone, switch to another phone, or jailbreak your iPhone.

Update: I have just learned that the original iPhone will not be supported at all by iPhone OS 4.


iPhone App Folders

The folders update was another much anticipated feature of iPhone 4.0. The clutter of iPhone apps right now makes a mess of my home screens, so it will be great to be able to group apps together in a more organized fashion. To create a folder, all it takes is dragging one app onto the other.

iPhone OS 4 Feature List

In all, the iPhone 4.0 OS will include 7 major feature updates:

  1. Multitasking
  2. Folders
  3. A unified mailbox
  4. iBooks
  5. Game Center, a social gaming network
  6. Broader Enterprise support
  7. The new iAd mobile advertising system

iPhone 4.0 debuts sometime this summer. Learn more about the next iPhone update in Mashable’s iPhone 4.0 OS overview.

What’s missing?

Although the iPhone 4.0 update adds over 100 new user features, there are a couple of features I was hoping to see that were not discussed at the OS 4 unveiling.

Better Notifications

iPhone is notably lacking a streamlined notifications system. For example, when you get a notification now, it disappears forever after you view or close it. If a new notification pops up before you’ve read the previous one, the first notification disappears. iPhone needs a better notifications system so that, like Facebook, you can refer back to your notifications and see them in a list.

Better App Interaction

Another feature I would like to have in the future is the ability to change the default apps that my iPhone uses under certain circumstances. For example, I want to be able to tell my iPhone to open the TomTom navigation app instead of the Google Maps app when I click a hyperlinked address. Or to share an image from my Photos album via the Facebook app. Or to open the WordPress app from within Safari so that I could blog about pages that I liked. This would certainly be a feature that would appeal mostly to power users, but it would be great to have the option.

What do you think? Are you excited about iPhone 4.0? Which features do you love, and what features do you think are missing? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

When Can We Download the iPhone 3.0 Update?

iPhone 2.2.1 is the current version

It’s June 17, so if you’ve been eagerly awaiting the new iPhone 3.0 update you’re probably wondering why iTunes still says you’re running the current version of the iPhone software.

People all around the blogosphere are wondering the same thing. One commenter on I4U says he stayed up til 3 a.m. waiting for the update and “now I’m tired at work what a waste.”

I spoke with an Apple technician who said the iPhone 3.0 update will be available “this afternoon,” but exactly when is unclear. Comments on I4U indicate several possibilities, based on conversations with Apple support:

  • “It will be available at 12pm PST.. just got off the phone with Apple.”
  • “I have just spoken to them and in the UK it will be available later this afternoon/early evening 17th June.”
  • “They have guaranteed release today, final tweaks are ongoing and will be available before 9pm tonight!!”

However, as another I4U commenter noted, “apple dosent release that kind of information over the phone. Also until the product is seen in stores no employees know when ANY product is available….even software updates for itunes…”

The verdict: I don’t know. iPhone 3.0 will most likely be released sometime today. You’ll just have to wait.

Stay tuned for a review of the iPhone 3.0 update on this blog.

Will You Upgrade to the New iPhone 3.0?

iPhone’s new operating system (available via an iTunes update June 17) will feature copy & paste, MMS support, Spotlight search and more. Apple will also introduce new, faster iPhone “3G S” hardware with a built-in video camera. Check out the details.

I’m curious…

Cast your vote and, if you have a second, let us know why or why not in the comments.

iPhone Update 1.1.3 Adds GPS, Mass Text Messaging & More

Macworld iPhone

Steve Jobs today at Macworld announced some impressive new iPhone features, all of which are now available on iTunes via iPhone firmware update 1.1.3.

Among the upgrades: pseudo-GPS, the ability to send one text message to multiple recipients, movable icons on the iPhone home screen, and a feature that lets you place “web clips” of your favorite sites on the home screen for easy access.

Continue reading for details on all the new features.

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