Thinking about installing the iPhone 4.0 beta software on your iPhone? Think again! Several weeks ago I made the executive decision to install the new beta software on my precious iPhone. Big mistake! The beta was only in its second stage and nearly unusable on my outdated 3G iPhone model. Not only that but the features that excited me about the new software were non existent. I understand some features will only be for 3GS and later models, but wow.
I couldn’t activate my camera most of the time, it would power cycle every time I launched the web browser, and half the time I couldn’t tell if the phone was charging or not. Now before you fill the comments section with ridiculous “that’s why they call it beta” remarks, I knew that. I just had that “gotta have it now” mentality that I know a lot of our readers can sympathize with as I have read the “help! i upgraded to 3.1.3 and lost my jailbreak” comment more than once throughout our site.
Not only was my phone unusable, but I couldn’t revert back to an earlier version either. I didn’t do any kind of baseband umbrella so of course, my baseband could not be downgraded.
Well, after version 3 of the 4.0 software was released and I installed it, I saw a lot of improvements on the above mentioned bugs. Now that version 4 is out, they are almost non existent. The best part of this version is that they finally made available the ‘folders’ feature.
The best implementation of a ‘folder’ system I think I’ve seen on a mobile device. A folder is created simply by dragging one icon on top of another, and you are instantly offered the chance to edit the name of the folder. I’m definitely excited to see what the next beta will reveal as we are still weeks away from any official announcement on a consumer-ready iPhone 4.0 download at WWDC in June.
Today was a big day for Apple. As we told you about earlier this week, they were holding an event on their campus about the future of iPhone OS. Steve Jobs was here to lead the presentation, which as usual started by throwing some big numbers in our face (450,000 iPad sold, over 600,000 books downloads, 3.5 million iPad apps downloaded, 185,000 apps in the App Store, etc…).
After making the crowd go WOW for a few minutes, Steve-o, loyal to himself, started the presentation about iPhone OS 4.
Here is everything you need to know about iPhone OS 4 (all images are compliments of gdgt):
iPhone OS 4, will come with many many new features. With over 1,500 new APIs for devs, chances are there will be a little something for everyone.
Although iPhone OS 4 will come with hundreds of new features, the presentation was focused on 7 of them.
A few weeks ago I wrote an article about some of the features the iPhone is still missing. Today I’d like to take this a bit further and come up with a comprehensive list of features we (you and I) want to see in the next iPhone.
Here is my list (note that it is in no specific order). Please share in the comments what features you want in the next iPhone.
Ability to save attachments
Running apps in the background
A physical keyboard
A better battery
A removabale battery
Front facing camera
A 7MP camera
A louder speaker
IR chip for using it as a remote
Show SMS character count
Custom sounds for SMS and email
Categories or folders
Unified inbox view
Hide/delete native apps
Better iPod songs management (ie. sorting)
Built in bottle opener
According to what Boy Genius Report found in their logs, it seems that Apple has been field testing 2 new iPhone OS.
The first one is iPhone OS 3.1.3, which should be made available pretty soon. I don’t think any major features will come with 3.1.3 and the usual “bug fixes” are expected.
The second and most important is the discovery of iPhone OS 4.0. We won’t see iPhone OS 4.0 until the new iPhone comes out sometimes in June or July next year but it’s interesting to see that Apple is already working on it. I guess these iPhone 4G rumors are not rumors anymore…
I looked at my logs and couldn’t find any track of an iPhone OS 4.0. I guess Apple engineers aren’t reading this blog 😉