This morning's iPhone OS 4.0 announcement not only brought forth tales
of multitasking, new dev tools, and a prettier home screen, but it also
revealed that our inboxes will be getting a makeover, too.
Developers, start your engines and rev up your computers. It's time
to start cracking the code of the next iPhone mobile operating system.
The new SDK has over 1500 new APIs and devs can now access the calendar,
photo library, quick look, full map overlays, in-app SMS, and so much
more. Apple also announced that they'll be release a framework called
accelerate for hardware accelerated math functions.
The moniker doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but Apple's iAd will
bring a new face to mobile advertising and a new way for developers to
make money off of their applications. iAd will pair "motion plus
interactivity" in in-app advertising. iAd will include interactive and
video content that will not take users out of the app they're using at
iPhone users who are obsessed with organizing their screens by app
category can now take a breather. Apple has announced that it will add
in folders, which will enables users to organize their apps into folders
on the home screens. Simply drag one app icon to another and it makes a
folder. The folder is then auto-named based on the genre of apps, and
all users have to do is tap to expand it, then tap to launch. The Apple
demo made it look very easy and very aesthetically pleasing.
Apple announced this morning that the new mobile operating system will
support multitasking. iPhone OS 4, which will be officially shipping
this summer, will now enable users to run multiple apps at the same
Music lovers might be particularly moved by this news, as third-party
music streaming apps will now be able to run in the background of
another utility app. For example. Pandora fans will now be able to
stream their favorite customized radio station from their user account
while they're checking email or browsing Safari.
Life for an iPhone OS developer must surely be difficult these days: In the wake of the iPad, developers have to choose between having separate apps for the iPhone/iPod touch and now the iPad, or to make their apps universal and appeal to both crowds at once. The issue is even thornier when it comes to gaming.
One analyst believes that Apple had another record quarter for the iPhone in the first three months of this year, with a new study showing those users are quite happy with their choice, thank you very much.
Normally the guardians of the checkpoint in airports require that electronics be removed from their cases before crossing over into the terminal. However, the TSA is not requiring that iPads be taken out (no matter how proud you are of it).
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.