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iPhone OS 4.0 Announced, Multitasking Confirmed, No New Phone April 8, 2010

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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Apple announced today that their new operating system for the iPhone and iPad would be a radical upgrade from their current versions.  The chief component of the upgrade is going to be the much requested multitasking feature, a feature that other phones such as the Palm Pre touted as their way to stay ahead of Apple when they debued their phones.  The feature has been implemented with battery life in mind, and the coding path to implement it is apparently very easy for private developers to update their programs with.

Also fans of Achievements (yes, those of you who own Xbox 360s) will be happy to know that iPhone OS 4.0 will have upgraded gaming support with a whole new gaming platform, and in game achievement support cross platform.  Many developers have launched competing cross program game achievement platforms, this probably will make them obsolite.  Its nice Apple has implemented this feature, although the timing could have something to do with the fact Windows Mobile 7 will support the Xbox 360 achievement platform with it’s own games.

What wasn’t announced today was something a lot of people were expecting, a new iPhone.  With every OS release announcment Apple has predictably released a new phone along with it with the OS in mind, not today.  A fourth generation iPhone has been rumored since the iPad’s launch, and the last rumors I heard involved a 940×480 resolution screen and a slightly slower iPad processor, but nothing of the sort was announced today, making credibility of those rumors plummet.  Also, rumors of these phones being provided by providers other than AT&T in the US was also not addressed, further plummeting the credibility of those as well.

iPhone OS 4.0 will come to the iPhone 3G and 3GS in the summer and iPad in the fall.  You’d think after this major press announcement they would have a more solid release date.

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