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Apple CEO Steve Jobs, hot off the launch of his pet project, the iPad, is expected will likely announced the fourth generation iPhone hardware and operating system on June 23. The OS is expected to bring true multi-tasking at last.  (Source: Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle/AP)

Exposé in Snow Leopard  (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Apple's fourth generation smart phone will be able to juggle multiple third party apps

The fourth generation, iPhone, dubbed the iPhone HD will likely land on Tuesday June 22, based on the company's reservations at the conference center where it has announced iPhones for the past three years.  The updated phone is expected to bring multitasking at last to Apple's customers.  A CDMA version of the iPhone also is reportedly in the works and may be announced as well, though it is not expected to launch in the U.S. until early next year.

Apple's iPhone, available (officially) exclusively on the AT&T network in the U.S., is top end hardware in terms of features and packaging.  It falls just slightly short of the newest handsets of a couple of its competitors, such as HTC's Nexus One Android handset, in terms of pure processing power.  In terms of its application catalog, though, none of its competitors can come close to touching it.

There are 150,000+ iPhone-ready third-party apps available in Apple's App Store, while Android only has 30,000.  However, Android and webOS have a key advantage over Apple: the ability to multitask (Windows Phone 7 Series, another key competitor will likely not support multitasking at first when it airs late this year).

Multitasking has long been prohibited on the iPhone to save battery life, despite the fact that the operating system supports it.  As of the third generation iPhone OS, multitasking has only been allowed in a few select apps, most of which perform critical phone functions.  

According to 
AppleInsider, a leaks site who first broke the news of multitasking in the fourth gen iPhone OS, sources close to Apple say multitasking on the new OS is fully enabled in pre-release builds.  They say the OS will utilize an interface similar to Exposé on the Mac (similar to Windows+Tab in Windows 7) to switch between apps.  Instead of resized windows, though, you'll get a series of scrollable icons for running apps, reportedly when you double click the home button.  That makes it sound closer to the Command+tab key combo found on Macs.  However, the Apple sources promised other aspects of the interface are very Exposé-like.

The sources also revealed two other improvements that may or may not make the final cut for the OS 4.0 release.  The first is the ability to drop shortcut buttons on the home screen to call frequent contacts.  For example you could add a "call mom" or "call girlfriend" button to your home screen.

Another update in a pre-release build is a global mailbox view, which would combine multiple email accounts into a common mailbox.

According to Jon Gruber, a nice hardware update is planned as well.  To counter the higher resolutions on Android and Windows Phone 7 Series handsets, the resolution reportedly will get the bump to 960x640.  Apple recently aired its new iFrame 960x540 video format, exactly 100 pixels less in width, lending credence to this rumor (the extra pixels would likely be reserved for important functions).

The CPU is expected to be in the Apple A4 family of systems on a chip (SOCs), which is thought to contain a Cortex-A8 CPU core (Samsung) paired with a
PowerVR SGX (Imagination Technologies) graphics processor (GPU).  Apple's current iPhone 3GS uses an 0.833 GHz A8 chip underclocked to 600 MHz, while the new iPad is thought to use a fully clocked A8.  The iPhone HD will likely employ an A4, with an A8 computing core clocked higher than that in the iPhone 3GS, possibly running at 0.8 GHz or full speed.  In addition, the SGX GPU should be more powerful, by virtue than the iPhone 3GS's PowerVR MBX Lite GPU (which is currently on a separate chip).

The new operating system is expected to be announced at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).  Apple reportedly reserved the Moscone Center in San Francisco, its typical conference location, from June 23 until June 24 for a "corporate event".  The event date was previously listed as June 28 to July 2, but it has subsequently been bumped to earlier in June.  While the center is not listed as reserved for June 22, that's a Tuesday, and every past iPhone launch has been on a Tuesday, so we expect that to be the true launch date.

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150,00+ apps
By mankopi on 3/31/2010 6:33:43 PM , Rating: 5
"There are 150,000+ iPhone-ready third-party apps available in Apple's App Store, while Android only has 30,000"

Kudos to iphone for all these apps but how exactly do you find what you want from 150,000? I'd rather have 1000 excellent apps than all that. by the way, I dont think 30,000 apps are "only" that's a lot. I'm neither for Iphone or Andriod, I'm rocking my blackberry bold 9700 with very limited number of apps!

RE: 150,00+ apps
By MadMan007 on 3/31/2010 6:48:09 PM , Rating: 5
No way, there's clearly a market for hundreds if not thousands of Fart apps.

RE: 150,00+ apps
By ClownPuncher on 3/31/2010 7:34:25 PM , Rating: 4
I'm glad there are fewer Burp apps, farts are clearly superior.

RE: 150,00+ apps
By messyunkempt on 3/31/10, Rating: 0
RE: 150,00+ apps
By Shadowself on 3/31/2010 6:59:29 PM , Rating: 5
This is one of the arguments Mac users repeatedly made over the years when anyone said to them that there are 10 to 20 times more pieces of softare our there for DOS/Windows than for Mac. They'd say, "How many word processors do you really need?" Now the table has turned for Apple and Apple devotees.

If your platform has all the apps you need and they do what you need there is no reason to switch to (or even consider) a platform with 150,000+ apps!

RE: 150,00+ apps
By Tony Swash on 3/31/10, Rating: -1
RE: 150,00+ apps
By MadMan007 on 3/31/2010 8:30:48 PM , Rating: 5
"It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words."
It's funny how the Apple 1984 commercial comes to look more and more prophetic, just not the way Apple intended - they are the Big Brother.

RE: 150,00+ apps
By messyunkempt on 4/1/2010 6:28:15 AM , Rating: 1
If you want a vision of the future, imagine Steve Jobs boot stamping on a human face - forever.

RE: 150,00+ apps
By hiscross on 3/31/10, Rating: 0
RE: 150,00+ apps
By LRonaldHubbs on 4/2/2010 12:42:03 PM , Rating: 1
RE: 150,00+ apps
By CarolC on 3/31/2010 10:07:12 PM , Rating: 3
But who decides what is a "high quality app"?

Wouldn't it be better to have 150 *THOUSAND* to choose from... even if only 1/2 of them are ones that *YOU* think are "good"?

Even "only" 75,000 "great" apps is still pretty good.

or... I guess you could find a phone that only has 100 apps, and you'd love it.

RE: 150,00+ apps
By phenimation on 4/1/2010 6:19:40 AM , Rating: 2
An app that has a practical use. A farting app that entertains some of the lower elements of society for 5 minutes does not have a practical use. A converter for obscure open source formats (that you need one day). Thats useful. These are usually done by small teams that work by donation. They aren't likely to develop for map.

RE: 150,00+ apps
By MrX8503 on 4/1/2010 9:15:24 AM , Rating: 3
I'd rather have 1000 excellent apps than all that. by the way, I dont think 30,000 apps are "only" that's a lot.

I agree with this assessment, but it doesn't apply here. It doesn't apply because not only does the Android platform have significantly less apps, it also has significantly less quality apps.

We can talk numbers all day, but the fact of the matter is that the iPhone OS gets more developers.

I think Android is making great strides with their apps, but to imply that the iPhone doesn't have quality apps while Android doesn't do any better doesn't make much sense.

RE: 150,00+ apps
By xti on 4/2/2010 10:12:31 AM , Rating: 2
not to mention, its the average joe blow developer who is putting these out. its not like apple made all 150k of them. People like you and I thought something would be useful, or a fun project to work on, and published an app.

RE: 150,00+ apps
By Paula Wood on 4/6/2010 11:08:38 PM , Rating: 2
> I'd rather have 1000 excellent apps than all that.

If you'd only like 1000 apps... just ignore the 140 *THOUSAND* additional apps.

(Or buy a phone that only has a *TOTAL* of 1000 apps. Maybe you'll be happier with a phone that has 0 apps... I have several such old phones for sale.)

Am I the only one?
By whiskerwill on 3/31/2010 7:15:33 PM , Rating: 4
When you post a photo of an iPad right under an iPhone headline, you're bound to confuse people.

Am I the only one who clicked on the link and went, "Dayum, the new iPhone grew a bit!"

RE: Am I the only one?
By MadMan007 on 3/31/2010 8:24:38 PM , Rating: 4
What are you talking about. That *is* the new iPhone - iPhone for seniors, with extra large fonts! Jobs is getting up there in age ya know and of course everyone must use the same things he does.

RE: Am I the only one?
By HaB1971 on 4/1/2010 9:30:00 AM , Rating: 2
You mean that is the new iJitterbug

RE: Am I the only one?
By xti on 4/2/2010 10:13:06 AM , Rating: 2
George Michael to do the commercials.

RE: Am I the only one?
By HotFoot on 4/1/2010 10:08:06 AM , Rating: 2
The fingers you have used to dial are too fat. Please mash your iPhone screen with your palm now to order your iPad.

RE: Am I the only one?
By Spoelie on 4/1/2010 7:28:14 AM , Rating: 4
There won't be a new iphone, what's coming in june is
The iPad Nano(tm)(c)(r)

By bbomb on 3/31/2010 11:31:53 PM , Rating: 5
According to Jon Gruber, his brothers Hans and Peter eagerly await the ability to multitask on the new phone.

"When we took over the Nakatomi building we had to use two way radios. That put us at a severe disadvantage as McClain could listen in our plans rather easy and always seemed to be one step ahead of us. If I had this kind of technology I could have been texting Carl and the others while talking to the FBI and looking up obscure terrorist groups." Hans was quoted as saying.

Peter on the other hand says, "Hans may like the ability to talk to his fellow countrymen but here in New York it does me no good because I can't get very good reception and when I do it drops my calls 30% of the time. I would have loved a chance to use Google Maps with running in the background the whole time to listen to police activity. I could have headed out of the warehouse before they arrived and been on a beach earning 20% with Hans."

RE: Well
By MadMan007 on 3/31/2010 11:38:15 PM , Rating: 2
+1 if I could but I've already posted.

RE: Well
By Xonoahbin on 4/1/2010 12:10:57 AM , Rating: 2

RE: Well
By gralex on 4/1/2010 8:22:38 AM , Rating: 2

Uh... HOW?
By Shadowself on 3/31/2010 7:35:54 PM , Rating: 1
The CPU is expected to be in the A4 family of systems on a chip (SOCs). Apple's current iPhone 3GS uses an 1 GHz A4 chip underclocked to 600 MHz, while the new iPad uses a fully clocked A4. The iPhone HD will likely employ a higher clocked A4, possibly running at 0.8 GHz or full speed.

Wasn't the A4 announced recently (in conjunction with the iPad announcement)? Isn't it supposed to first ship in the iPad soon (future)? Wasn't the iPhone 3GS shipping last summer? Have Apple engineers perfected not only time travel (to go back in time with those A4 chips) but also matter transport (to teleport the A4 chips into those iPhones already in customers hands)?

RE: Uh... HOW?
By bill4 on 3/31/2010 9:05:27 PM , Rating: 1
Mick should be fired for the gross inaccuracies contained in this article alone.

RE: Uh... HOW?
By CarolC on 3/31/2010 10:10:15 PM , Rating: 2
List 10 of those "gross inaccuracies".

RE: Uh... HOW?
By pakotlar on 4/1/2010 10:32:29 PM , Rating: 2
Let's start with the fact that a 3GS does not have an MBX lite, and finish with the absolutely awful grammar and sentence structure.

"In addition, the SGX GPU should be more powerful, by virtue than the iPhone 3GS's PowerVR MBX Lite GPU (which is currently on a separate chip)."

That's unacceptable for a newsman.

RE: Uh... HOW?
By Penti on 3/31/2010 11:38:38 PM , Rating: 2
The A4's is just Samsung's though. Basically the same chip. Same features. Cortex-A8, PowerVR SGX graphics (although it's not inside the SoC in the iPhones). But that only means Apple's A4 is nothing special or at least spectacular, not that they had anything to do with the design of the iPhone 3GS cpu. Same kind of generation SoC though, same manufacturer/fabbing partner.

The 3GS does not have an Apple processor
By joey2264 on 3/31/2010 7:39:29 PM , Rating: 2
You do know that the iPad is the first Apple device with an Apple branded processor? The iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch uses a Samsung processor. And it isn't underclocked. The latest iPod Touch is slightly overclocked, as they all have been.

RE: The 3GS does not have an Apple processor
By bill4 on 3/31/10, Rating: -1
RE: The 3GS does not have an Apple processor
By mankopi on 3/31/2010 9:12:45 PM , Rating: 3
So, liking Obama and talking about global warming makes someone dumb? Wow, that's a new one!

By cycomiko on 4/1/2010 4:28:33 AM , Rating: 2

perhaps reading the article would be useful?

By sapiens74 on 3/31/2010 7:09:49 PM , Rating: 2
Iphone as Itunes and App store and Exchange Support

Google has Maps and Chrome

By dubldwn on 4/1/2010 11:54:30 AM , Rating: 2
I think the best thing Microsoft could do is leverage Windows 7 and Xbox live by integrating the software.

Well that figures!
By monkeyman1140 on 4/5/2010 3:49:30 PM , Rating: 2
My phone got stolen today, no OS 4.0 for you!

RE: Well that figures!
By Paula Wood on 4/6/2010 11:10:05 PM , Rating: 2
Run that free app that locates your phone.

By psenechal on 3/31/2010 7:23:34 PM , Rating: 2
Well crap...I'm able to upgrade my phone on April 4th, but looks like I'll be waiting till June. It will be nice to go from my 3G to something with a bit more speed and higher resolution. I seriously considered switching to Verizon and a Droid, but I have to admit...I love my just a little too much.

By ol1bit on 4/1/2010 2:29:29 AM , Rating: 2
I've had my $19 droid from amazon 2 weeks, and I have app overload! I have no idea how I would use 150,000 of them!

April's fools day
By Mezo on 4/1/2010 5:07:23 AM , Rating: 2
This has aprils fools day written all over it

Who cares Mick
By bill4 on 3/31/10, Rating: -1
RE: Who cares Mick
By bill4 on 3/31/2010 8:49:49 PM , Rating: 1
Granted, you dont want too big a screen or you lose portability, and the HD2 is probably pushing it, but I think the 4.3 of the Evo is about perfect. There's definitely more screen real estate Apple is leaving on the table with the 3.5" 3GS. They need to improve on that.

RE: Who cares Mick
By teng029 on 3/31/2010 11:52:19 PM , Rating: 2
good thing you're not taking this personally. angry much?

RE: Who cares Mick
By Tony Swash on 4/2/2010 7:19:04 PM , Rating: 1
Anyways nice try on the apps Mick. The apps are 99% worthless and we all know it. There's just not that much you can do on a flat 2D screen. Most of the iPhone apps are just stupid joke ones like the voice modulators, that every iPhone owner has to show everybody 10,000 times. And we all know it. And "gaming" on iPhone/smartphones is even worse with no buttons.

Worthless apps :)

I guess that's why they Apple has sold 2.5 billion of them.

Just prattling on about "worthless apps" won't change anything - it won't make the massive sales of the iPhone or the exponential growth of the App store go away - you do know that don't you don't you?

It just sounds kind of pathetic and desperate.

RE: Who cares Mick
By blamb18 on 4/5/2010 1:38:13 PM , Rating: 2
I left DT about two or three years ago because of all the slime balls posting comments, seems like they are still here.

RE: Who cares Mick
By Divide Overflow on 4/6/2010 12:30:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, you might want to check again. You're still here.

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