Apple does Multi-Tasking with iPhone OS 4.0
And the inevitable has arrived. Today, Apple introduced multi-tasking with the announcement of the iPhone OS 4.0.
It’s an interesting development since Apple has been adamant against multi-tasking on the iPhone as it slows down the device and drains the battery faster.
So, they’re doing a different approach to doing multi-tasking via the use of APIs like audio, VoIP, location, and notifications. Developers will need to do some tweaking of their Apps in order to utilize this feature.
Among the 7 main topics discussed about the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0, the most intriguing one for me is the iAds which is basically a mobile advertising platform.
Now, that’s gonna be a huge slap in the face of AdMob, which was recently acquired by Google. Apple does not want to just hand over monetization of the iPhone platform to Google so it’s going to run its own ad network and giving developers 60% share.
Many other new features will be introduced in version 4.0 — folders, better mail management, iBooks, among others — with over 1,500 new APIs and 100+ new user features.
The upcoming iPhone OS 4.0 will be compatible with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 2nd gen and iPod Touch 3rd gen (32 & 64GB models). It will also be available for to the iPad. As for the price, Apple has not announced how much it will cost users to upgrade to 4.0.