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If you're tired of iPad news, here's some iPhone news for you

For those of you who have been underwhelmed 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 limitations.

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 4.0.

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 Windows Phone 7. However, if Apple does choose to support multitasking in iPhone OS 4.0, Microsoft may be left scratching its head.

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April 8th...
By MrBlastman on 4/5/2010 1:37:50 PM , Rating: 5
Hmm... I thought there was something important happening on April 8th, now what was that?

Oh, yes, I remember! I have to take the trash out to the curb so the garbage truck can pick it up on Friday. Thanks for reminding me, Steve. :)

RE: April 8th...
By Brandon Hill on 4/5/2010 1:50:51 PM , Rating: 1
Steve is angry. You must now serve as a hand model for the next iPhone user interface commercial.

RE: April 8th...
By Anoxanmore on 4/5/2010 2:27:29 PM , Rating: 1
But... But... I was going to be the next hand model... : - (

Curse you Steve, Curse you and your anger!

RE: April 8th...
By B3an on 4/5/2010 3:45:32 PM , Rating: 5
I would rather read an article about you taking your trash out, in as much detail as possible, than reading yet another iPhone/iPad/Apple article.

RE: April 8th...
By Spuke on 4/5/2010 4:21:00 PM , Rating: 2
Now that's out of the way, can I get a Nexus One now?

RE: April 8th...
By Alexstarfire on 4/6/2010 12:03:37 PM , Rating: 2
I wanted to get one until I looked at a battery life comparison to the iPhone..... horrible battery life for the Nexus One. Worse than the iPhone, bleh.

RE: April 8th...
By Ard on 4/5/2010 4:26:33 PM , Rating: 2
You must have forgotten that Dude Huge (that's Cliffy B's new nickname; ridiculous, right?) will be going on Jimmy Kimmel to show off a new game, likely Gears 3.

My guess
By Abrahmm on 4/5/2010 2:11:11 PM , Rating: 2
Jobs was probably just waiting for that "Ability to multi-task ON A MOBILE DEVICE" patent to go through before he bestow the holy iPhone with multi-tasking as he prepares to sue the hell out of anyone stealing "his ideas". Just a guess.

RE: My guess
By danobrega on 4/5/2010 2:23:02 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if anyone has the "ability to handle email on a mobile device" patent. mmmm....

RE: My guess
By Gul Westfale on 4/5/2010 3:55:47 PM , Rating: 5
i'm working on getting one for "wiping mobile device screen with the clean part of a sweater in a seamless way that just works."

then i will sue people with sweaters.

RE: My guess
By muhahaaha on 4/6/2010 3:47:06 AM , Rating: 3
Upgrade Fee $10
By HakonPCA on 4/5/2010 2:28:35 PM , Rating: 2
And to all those loving fans who rushed out and purchased a iPad without a 3G subscription, you'll have to shell out a nominal fee of $10 to upgrade to OS 4.0 :)


RE: Upgrade Fee $10
By Shadowself on 4/5/2010 3:00:52 PM , Rating: 2
In this case the iPad documentation says it comes with one free major release upgrade for the OS. Maybe they knew a new release was already in the works?

RE: Upgrade Fee $10
By HakonPCA on 4/5/2010 3:04:12 PM , Rating: 2
Indeed it does, sorry it was a joke although perhaps a bit close to home

RE: Upgrade Fee $10
By damianrobertjones on 4/5/2010 5:42:04 PM , Rating: 2
Which means that they offer you something and take it away the next second.

The ipad should have been released WITH the 4.0 update.

Plus has anyone noticed the price of the iPad apps?

RE: Upgrade Fee $10
By Shadowself on 4/5/2010 5:53:28 PM , Rating: 2
What are they offering then taking away the next second? I don't expect Apple to actually ship the iPhone OS 4.0 until June or July (like the last three years). The announcement later this week is just a preview for the press. Just something to keep Apple in the news. Nothing more.

WRT iPad app prices: No. I haven't noticed. I don't intend to buy an iPad so I haven't even looked.

By FaceMaster on 4/5/2010 8:08:19 PM , Rating: 2
LOL why do they keep trying? Apple sucks ass, just die already!!!! It's going to be shit, I know this because I haven't seen it but it's from apple so it must be shit!

By WW102 on 4/5/2010 8:28:11 PM , Rating: 2
Guess it doesnt matter that they have the third largest Market Cap as far as US companies?

By mcnabney on 4/6/2010 10:43:29 AM , Rating: 2
Their P/E is in the mid-20's.

The stock is actually being pushed up by shareholders interested in forcing Apple to pay out their huge 20+ billion dollar cash pile in dividends. Apple claims it is there for 'investment' opportunities, but Apple has no history of major acquisistions (just little ones) so there is no need for a huge cash pile. The same thing happened to Microsoft and their 20+ billion dollar cash pile. Money needs to be put to work or returned to the equity stakeholders.

By tlampen on 4/5/2010 1:17:41 PM , Rating: 1
sweet your telling me I might have the ability to use a function I should have been able to enable/disable when I want and not just when steve wants? whats next? Flash?

By invidious on 4/5/2010 3:13:50 PM , Rating: 2
Products come as is. If you don't like it, don't buy it. Any additional support that comes later is gravy. If you have expectations for future support from a brand that don't get fulfilled then don't buy any more of their products.

*hint* none of what I said has anything to do with Apple, it's just obvious logic.

My iPhone 3g has enjoyed many free OS upgrades. If you really need a phone with some of the features on the small list of things the iPhone doesn't support then there are plenty of other phones out there (with their own shortcomings) for you to buy and complain about.

Try again
By djc208 on 4/5/2010 5:39:52 PM , Rating: 3
Version 4.0? Wouldn't that mean that it wasn't right the first 3 times? Blasphemy you say!

I still don't buy the mulit-tasking thing though. That would require that Mr. Jobs trusted you to with some sort of freedom on his devices, and that just can't be true.

Seriously though, this is why Android and WebOS have been such great things. I wonder how long it would have taken Apple to deem you worthy of this "feature" had the competition not pushed them on it?

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