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Apple Unveils iPhone 4.0, Adds Multitasking, Backgrounding, APIs & More

Yesterday, Apple unveiled it’s newest generation of software dubbed iPhone 4.0. Steve gave a keynote and noted these important features:

Multitasking – the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch (3rd Gen) will be able to run multiple apps at the same time. By double tapping the home button, users can bring up a dock which shows currently running applications and switch between them. iPhone 3G owners will still be able to upgrade to 4.0, but they will not be given the multitasking feature. The apps are sure to not drain battery life because only certain functions of the app are left running, and entire apps are able to freeze themselves instead of running full steam ahead without you knowing.

Universal Mail – The Mail app has also been redesigned, giving users the power to have one universal mailbox, have multiple Exchange accounts, and threaded messages

iBooks – iBooks will be coming to the iPhone and iPod Touch with the same look and bookstore as are on the iPad. Books can also be synced to your computer back and forth between mobile devices – so you don’t have to re-download them.

Custom Backgrounds – Users can now set a home screen background like the iPad.

Game Center – Apple will attempt to “power up” it’s market-share on gaming by giving users a centralized game center, similar to PSN or Xbox Live, called “Game Center”. It’s a mystery as to what will  happen to apps that already perform this funtion, like “Open Feint”.

iAd – Users will no longer be annoyed by links in apps that lead them outside the app. Instead, Apple’s new “iAd” platform will use new tools to push interactivity and emotion to the max, and give users an enjoyable experience in advertising WHILE keeping them in the application. It’s in the OS Dev Tools, but is not necessarily a part of iPhone OS 4.

5x Digital Zoom – Video equipped devices now have 5x digital zoom. However, 3MP seems a little low for that. 😉

Bluetooth Keyboards – the iPhone and iPod Touch will be able to pair will Apple bluetooth keyboards. (Again, like the iPad)

App Folders – Instead of having multiple home screens (topping out at 11), users can categorize their apps into folders. Now users can view over 2,000 apps, instead of only 11 home screens.

The update will be available for iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3rd Gen. during the summer. The iPhone 3G and older iPod Touches will get the update, but not the multitasking feature. And what about the first iPhone? It seems it’s now  an unsupported update product, much like Tiger. You can still use it, but it will never receive the update. The iPad will get the update sometime during the Fall.

Weekend Roundup

We’re sorry for skimping on the posts, it’s just that something else has gotten in the way. Either way, normal posting will resume tomorrow (Monday). So let’s get started!

-Windows Marketplace will launch with over 600 apps.

-Man drops iPhone 3GS in pool and it lives to tell the tale

-Sprint thinks it can take a bite out of Apple. Let me say this: Palm was and is dead, it’s only on Sprint (who is also dying), and the iPhone can multi-task. Did I mention how Palm uses someone else’s software to sync music? To stupid to come up with your own media manager? Did I also mention the fact that the keyboard sucks? At least the iPhone has landscape.

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-MiLi Pro turns your iPhone into a projector. [Read]

Headlines Missed From June 25th

We couldn’t post yesterday, but that doesn’t mean we won’t give you the news.

-YouTube is reporting a 400% increase in mobile uploads to it’s servers since the launch of the iPhone 3GS.

-Windows 7 pricing has been announced (heres what Engadget said:)

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“Microsoft just laid out the Windows 7 pricing grid for us, and here’s the big takeaway: Vista and XP users will need to pony up $119.99, $199.99, or $219.99 on October 22 to score their Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate upgrade, and those of you who want a full retail disc will need to roll up with $199.99, $299.99, or $319.99 respectively. It’s not quite that simple, though: starting tomorrow, June 26, you’ll be able to pre-order upgrades at much cheaper prices — $49.99 for Home Premium and $99.99 for Professional, just as we’d heard — but pre-orders will be strictly limited in number and are expected to sell out quickly. Obviously we’d prefer it if final pricing was $49 and $99 for everyone, but it’s not a bad start, especially since participating manufacturers will be offering cheap / free upgrades to 7 on new computers sold after tomorrow with Vista as well.”

Apple’s “Remote” application for the iPhone which allows you to control your iTunes library or Apple TV from your iPhone received and update to allow users to control Apple TV completely with touch gestures (like swiping). You can even control the menus, and not just the media. Apple TV requires the new 2.4 update, which has no major fixes except for the touch gesture support from “Remote”.

-“Mass Effect: Galaxy” is now available for iPhone users. Here’s what Ars Technica had to say:

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“It always seems like this is used as a cop-out for reviews, but I think it fits here: if you’re a fan of Mass Effect, have played the first game, and you’re counting down the days until the second one is released, you’re going to get a good amount of value out of the game. In fact, by playing the game to completion you unlock something—we’re not sure what, yet—that you’ll be able to use in Mass Effect 2. Everyone else may be put off by the game’s slower pace and sometimes plodding dialogue. The official iTunes page calls the game a “story-telling adventure,” if that gives you any idea.”

WWDC ’09: iPhone 3G S

Before I get to the obviously new iPhone, there were multiple announcements made today at Worldwide Developers Conference 2009 (WWDC09).

Small notes: Tablet on track for 2010, and Steve is healthy and should be in office by July.

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Snow Leopard was demoed, and is on track for September.

macbooksMultiple features were demoed. MacBook Air price dropped to $1500, the “MacBook” line was dumped and rebranded as MacBook Pros, and the entire line was updated with new features like an SD card slot, and FireWire.

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Safari 4 was official released for Mac and PC, touting itself as the fastest web browser available. Snow Leopard will be a $30 upgrade or $50 for a family pack. (Snow Leopard being 10.6)

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And, the new iPhone 3G S was announced. The new iPhone 3G S, the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including improved speed and performance — up to twice as fast as iPhone 3G — with longer battery life, a high-quality 3 megapixel autofocus camera, easy to use video recording with editing and uploading from the iPhone, and hands free voice control. iPhone 3G S includes the new iPhone OS 3.0, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 100 new features such as Cut, Copy and Paste, MMS, Spotlight Search, landscape keyboard and more. Tethering and TURN BY TURN GPS WITH TOMTOM is also in the new iPhone. Video can also be downloaded over Wi-Fi on the iTunes Store for iPhone. That is expected to launch in July, and the iPhone 3.0 OS will be out next week and is guaranteed to have Push Notification!

The iPhone 3G S price listing are as follows: 16GB iPhone 3G S for $199 and 32GB iPhone 3G S for $299. As for the current 8GB iPhone 3G, they have reduced its price down to $99. This means they will still keep a version of the original iPhone 3G on the shelves.

Take a look at the Apple’s guided tour of the new iPhone 3G S below.