Apple reveals iOS 4 for iPhone, iPod TouchNew iPhone and iPod Touch OS adds multitasking

08 June 2010

Apple iPhone 4

Apple has revealed iOS 4 – its latest multitasking operating system for the iPhone and iPod Touch – that will be free to download on June 21. The new version will include over 100 new features, according to Apple.

Apple says the new iOS 4 operating system will be free for iPhone and iPod Touch owners, although Apple cautioned that iOS 4 won’t work on first-generation iPhone and iPod Touch models. It will be included with its new iPhone 4 mobile phone, which launches on June 24.

Apple iOS 4 multitasking

New features include multitasking – the ability to run several applications at the same time, such as checking email, visiting a web site and listening to music – without slowing down performance or draining the battery. Apple has added the ability to group applications into folders using drag-and-drop, with and iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 4 able to store up to 2,160 applications.

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Email and ebooks have been updated, with Apple bringing its iBooks ebook reading software to iOS 4 that can browse, buy and download digital editions of books. Apple claims that 22% of all ebook sales have been through its iBook store since it launched in May 2010 along with the Apple iPad. Email in iOS 4 allows email attachments to be opened by other applications, and a unified email inbox that shows a single inbox across all email accounts.

iOS 4 iTunes free download

Apple’s iOS 4 will add 5x digital zoom to iPhones, the ability to sort photos based on faces in the photo, or places, and the home screen can uses photos as a wallpaper background image. Other additions include a new built-in spellchecker and support for wireless Bluetooth keyboards.

Apple says iOS 4 will be free for second-generation and upwards iPod Touch and iPhone models on June 21, and can be downloaded using iTunes.

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