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Apple released iOS 4 ahead of the iPhone 4 launch

IPhone OS 4 was released yesterday for the iPhone 3G/3GS and iPod touch (second generation and third generation). As previously reported, this update bring some enhancements to the platform including Apple's vision of multitasking on a smartphone, folders for better app organization, iAds for in-app advertisements, and a multitude of minor UI updates.

I've personally been using iOS4 on my own iPhone 3GS since the Gold Master was released a few weeks and generally like it. I still find the addition of folders a bit of an afterthought and the multitasking menu is "just enough" instead of having the typical attention to detail that Apple is known for – webOS' “cards” system is still the best implementation around.

It's also readily apparent -- to me at least -- that Apple has milked its UI design for the iPhone just about as much as it can and it's time to inject some new life into the mobile iteration of OS X. Perhaps Apple will reinvent the wheel for iOS 5?

In other iOS 4 news, the Dev-Team has announced that there is a beta version of redsn0w that that will jailbreak the newly-released operating system on the iPhone 3G and iPod touch 2G. The Dev-Team notes that "It’s still a beta, so you’ll need to let Cydia reorganize, reload, and update after using redsn0w."

You can download the beta of redsn0w here.



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Folders
By Aikouka on 6/22/2010 10:40:35 AM , Rating: 2
I'm kind of diggin' the folders in iOS4. Although, I don't have much experience with what other mobile OSs offer in that regard. I spent awhile last night trying to organize my games by what genre they are and place them all on page 2.

One thing I found annoying is that the layout manager in iTunes has a few kinks in it still. I had a lot of trouble ever dragging an icon onto another if the second icon existed at the end of a page. I think the worst part of it all is that I had no idea how to create a folder when I finally updated my phone. I went to Apple's website where they explained the new features, but there was nothing on how to actually create one. Thankfully, a Google search turned up a result on how to create folders.




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