For those of you who have been
with the launch of the iPad and are sick
of seeing story after story on the device, the good news is that
the launch is over meaning chatter surrounding the actual device
should die down soon. However, those of you who love (or love to
hate) the iPhone will have more to talk about in the coming days.
According to Engadget,
Apple is scheduled to hold an event this Thursday which will detail
iPhone OS 4.0. Apple typically holds these events once a year, so
this announcement should come as no surprise to anyone.
Given Apple's typically tightlipped
operations, there is no official word yet from the company as to what
will be included in iPhone OS 4.0, but rumors have been already
circulating. The most frequent leak from the Apple camp is that true
multitasking will finally make it to the iPhone (and by association,
the iPad). Multitasking is currently available to certain Apple
apps (iPod, Mail, etc.), but third-party developers have been forced
to rely on push notifications to get around Apple's artificial
Those that don't mind going the
jailbreak route have been enjoying background applications for quite
some time thanks to the use of the Backgrounder app which
is available on Cydia. Most who use Backgrounder don't seem to
have problems running multiple applications at once, so it'd be nice
to finally see Apple “catch up”.
Another feature expected to be included
in the OS update include a global inbox feature for Mail. Apple will
hopefully have much more to announce on Thursday regarding iPhone OS
There's no doubt that many people will
be keeping a close eye on this event, including Microsoft. Microsoft
chose to go the Apple route by not including true multitasking with
Phone 7. However, if Apple does choose to support multitasking in
iPhone OS 4.0, Microsoft
may be left scratching its head.