iOS 4 – the new iPhone/iPad Operating System

Jun 7, 2010 - 27 Comments

ios4 Apple has renamed iPhone OS to iOS, which is appropriate considering the operating system runs on more devices than just the iPhone. iOS 4 encompasses the iPhone, iPad, the iPod Touch, and there are rumors that it will run on future versions of the Apple TV. With over 100 new features in iOS 4, it’s an exciting free software update.

iOS 4 for iPhone and iPod Touch Available Now

The iOS 4 software update for iPhone and iPod Touch is available now for download. Launch iTunes and plug in your device to see the download and update option.

iOS 4 Availability and Release Dates:

Availability and release dates depend on the device. iPad users will be waiting longer for iOS 4 update than those who own other devices.

  • iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G users can get the download for free now! iPhone OS 4 was made available on June 21st
  • iPod Touch 2nd and 3rd generation users can get iOS 4 now, it was released June 21st
  • iOS 4 for iPad is due out sometime in the Fall of 2010, there has not been a definitive date set for release

It is likely that iOS 4 on iPad has a delayed release because it will include features that are iPad specific, thus taking longer for Apple to develop.

Prominent features of iOS 4:

* Multitasking – run multiple applications at the same time
* Folders – organize apps into folders
* Improved Mail – multiple mail accounts in a single inbox, open attachments in 3rd party apps
* iBooks – browse, buy, and read eBooks
* Create iPod playlists – create playlists directly on your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
* 5x Digital Zoom – the same digital zoom technology that’s included in digital cameras
* Tap to Focus Video – video will refocus to whatever you tap on screen, cool!
* Faces & Places in Photos – view photos based on where they were taken and who is in them
* Home Screen Wallpaper – change the background picture on your devices home screen (this feature is already on the iPad)
* Gift Apps – send apps as gifts to others
* Spell Checking – built-in spell checker for Mail, Notes, and other apps that access the function
* Wireless Keyboard Support – use a wireless keyboard on the iPhone (you can use a wireless bluetooth keyboard with the iPad right now)

iOS 4 compatibility:

iOS 4 will work with iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G, and newer iPod Touch 2nd and 3rd generation units, but the feature set degrades on older devices. For example, iPhone 3G can not use multitasking or change the background picture, and neither can the 2nd generation iPod Touch. It’s strongly speculated that the performance of iOS 4 will be best on iPhone 4 and iPad.

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  22. chrisk says:

    jb- main “home” screen as in where your app icons are located

  23. JB says:

    change Home Screen Wallpaper, say what???
    I’ve had My own wallpaper on my 1st gen. iPod Touch ever since 15 minutes after I purchased it a couple of years ago.
    It’s right there in the settings, under General – Wallpaper.

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