Well, that was quite an iPhone OS
presentation, huh? A number of things announced today about OS 4.0 had
already been out there in the rumor mill (multitasking and some sort of
something with iAd), but nothing is quite like seeing the real thing.
you noticed a sluggishness on the web today, that's because everyone
was glued to the presentation, refreshing and refreshing their favorite
live blogging and opining away on Twitter. As always when there's big
news, come here first. Mac|Life knows what you're after.
A recent survey of new iPad owners sounding off on Twitter revealed that a whopping 26 percent were unhappy about the fact that the device couldn’t replace their iPhone. That got us thinking: What would it be like to spend a day with only the iPad?
We really loved that the Kindle app was available for both our iPad and the iPhone, but now we're definitely excited that Apple has decided to follow suit.
The new iPhone OS 4.0 update will enable users to download the iBooks application and add them to their iPhones. The iBookstore will be exactly as it is on the iPad and users can buy an iBook once and read it on either device. iBooks will also wirelessly sync your page, so you're always in the right chapter.
With the announcement of iBooks and its 60,000+ in-app downloads, Apple
set the standard for the iPad as an important reading device, and
luckily, other developers heard the calling. Several worthwhile reading
applications are now available, with many putting their paper
counterparts to shame with vivid artwork, embedded video, and
interactive elements. Still unsure of whether the iPad can kick some of
your traditional print reading habits to the curb? We've already given
iBooks its own full review, but here's a look at some of the other
initial reading offerings on the iPad.
We were so busy begging for copy and paste, that we forgot all those
other features we'd love on our iPhones. Fortunately, the last few days
with the iPad and OS 3.2 has given us a bit of inspiration about what
we'd like to see when OS 4.0 begins infiltrating our precious iPhones.
Now that the iPad is available and has been summarily torn down (and even blended!), iSuppli has gone over the component costs and come up with an estimate as to how much the device costs Apple to build.