Apple’s just announced the latest version of their mobile operating system, iPhone OS, version 4.0. One of the major features included in this iteration of the software that powers the iPhone, iPod touch, and now the iPad, is multitasking — the ability to run more than one third-party application on your iPhone.
But the announcement by CEO Steve Jobs at the Apple theater in Cuppertino, Calif. yesterday is a clear hint at what’s to come in the much-rumoured and anticipated fourth iteration of the iPhone.
Already, we can see that new OS 4.0 features such as multitasking do require some performance power (and significant battery), even though Apple went to lengths talking about how they managed to “revolutionize” multitasking on mobile devices. This particular feature will only be able to run on the more powerful iPhone 3GS and third-generation iPod touch, devices that are known to have better chips powering them.
Couple this with the inclusion of Apple’s in-house microchip, the A4 processor, in the iPad, and we see that the next iPhone will most definitely include something along the lines of the A4, if not the actual chip itself. Rumors are even starting to float around the blogosphere of the next iPhone being multi-core capable. That’d be awesome, in my opinion.
So, it goes without saying that the next iPhone will definitely have all the features announced for the iPhone OS 4.0. But as with every new SDK release of the iPhone OS for developers, if we dig deep enough, we can find hints at future Apple products. The iPhone OS 4.0 SDK is no different.
Reports are coming in of a process called iChatAgent, clearly indicating that there’ll be some sort of iChat implementation on the next iPhone. Couple this with other rumors of ever-present hints at a second, front-facing camera, and we can see that Apple is perhaps planning on a mobile iChat implementation on iPhone, a feature much sought-after for years on the iPhone.
Then there’s the rumors of HD on the iPhone. While we cannot confirm these as yet, if Apple’s moves on the iPad are any indication, it would appear that a better screen and resolution on the next iPhone, akin to the iPad, is bound to occur.
The iPhone OS 4.0 finally brings the iPhone and iPad product lines closer to each other; features like the improved Dock, Background wallpapers and iBooks, mean that Apple is keen on making these two product lines run asynchronously. I’m not complaining, though: given their track record on making all their products work together seamlessly, this is great. And I certainly look forward to what this fruity company has in store for us in the months to come.
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