Well its finally here. Do not do this upgrade if you have a Jailbroken and Unlocked 3.1.2 – Here are the goodies of iOS4. A few best apps, the 4.0 User guide, and a list of some of the new features of 4.0 – Kinda like going from XP to Windows 7, all kinds of goodies. Still waiting for my iPhone 4 to be shipped, Apple is saying around July 15th-19th. Anyone need a 3gs ? 🙂
The Dev-Team will be releasing the unlock shortly. I would wait till that comes out before you upgrade to the New 4.0. So when plugging you iDevice to iTunes and it asks you to upgrade, just say NO, NO !!!!
We’re getting reports of the iOS4 being live, and it’s currently being downloaded by users right now. If it isn’t live for you yet, keep hammering that update button until it is. (Because if you can’t get it, then you might as well slow things down for people who can. I kid, I kid.)
You’ll need to have downloaded iTunes 9.2 (and you should run a manual back-up if you haven’t already). It’s the only way to get the brand new features in Apple’s latest OS that they announced a few months ago, including multitasking, fast app-switching, local notifications, and iBooks. For the list of the best new features, mosey on over here, otherwise check out the official line from Apple below. [Apple]
Update: And here are the direct links to the update, courtesy of TUAW> This way you don’t need to wait for iTunes to tell you you’re ready for an update. YOU’RE TELLING IT.
and iPhone 4
To install these, hit the update link while holding down the option button, so you can select the fiel you downloaded from your hard drive.
Welcome to the future, or at least like the first five minutes of it. iOS 4.0 should be available now for iPhone 3GS and newer (post 2009) iPod Touches. Do you have an iPhone 3G or (shudder) the first iPhone? You’re SOL, my Luddite friend. Go back to the commune, you hippie.
I kid, I kid. Why spend the money if you don’t need to and besides, we’ve been playing with iOS 4.0 for a few weeks now and here are our initial comments.
1. Multi-tasking is still in its infancy – Apple gave developers very little time to really go full-bore on the problem of multi-tasking. As a result, you’re basically dealing with a form of proto-multi-tasking that may or may not do what you want it to do. MG wrote about this last weekend:
The component that all of these apps share is the ability to do fast app switching. What you may traditionally think of as multitasking isn’t the same on iOS 4. Multiple apps aren’t running all of their functions in the background at once — obviously, this would take up resources and eat up battery life. Instead, Apple allows third-party apps to do certain functions in the background now, as well as create an easy way for all apps to save their states to enable this fast app switching.
So you’re not going to go all Minority Report on your apps. You’ll be able to switch out of one app – a game, say – to hit a GPS program, but there is no definitive guarantee that you’ll be able to swap back into the game where you left off. In fact, Backgrounder, a jailbroken app for background activity, works better than multi-tasking in iOS 4.0 right now.
PRO TIP – Slide the icons to the left to reveal iPod controls.
2. Be careful with wallpaper – All you budding iOS interior decorators take note: with great power comes great responsibility. Using a photo of your cat as your home screen background makes things look horrible. I’d recommend using the pre-set wallpapers. That said, you can probably make some cool wallpapers using the camera’s new zoom function. The zoom, in fact, is amazingly smooth and impressive.
3. Apple is taking over some third-party services – When you used to fire up video games on the iPhone you were once presented with “networking” solutions that allowed you to share your scores and play against friends. Those are being replaced by Game Center. This service allows matchmaking, achievement unlocks, and score sharing. Sadly, it’s not that exciting right now because most games don’t support it yet. Game Center, like iAds and the iBook reader, is making a lot of poor start-ups tremble in their boots right now.
4. It can be jailbroken – Still not enough for you? Still antsy? Well, you can jailbreak your iPhone runnin iOS 4.0 using RedSn0w. What does that let you do? Not much, but you can add little apps that Apple hasn’t approved. Do not, however, expect to carrier unlock the iPhone 4 when it comes out. This is not yet supported.
5. Visuallly it’s more pleasing, especially with folders and the new sliding
windows – Generally, iOS 4.0 is a nice change. Once you run 4.0 on an iPhone and look at something running a 3.x variant, you’ll understand the ginormousness of the change. The iPad, for example, looks like a primitive caveman’s attempt at OS design.
An important point to note: if you have a 3GS, all of the features we mentioned here will work. You don’t absolutely have to upgrade your hardware to iPhone 4 right now to try iOS 4.0. In fact, if you have a 3GS all of these features work fine. Break the cycle. Stop the madness (says the guy who is going to go into the city at 6am on Thursday to pick up his iPhone 4).
All iOS 4 Ready Apps with Multitasking Capabilities in One Place
The new iOS 4 (formerly iPhone OS 4) is without any doubt a major update for the iPhone and iPod touch, bringing tons of features like organizing apps in folders, multitasking and so on. The new iPhone 4 will of course ship with this new version of iOS come June 24th (or 23rd for some).
On the iTunes App Store, developers have already started submitting their iOS 4 ready apps, and first of these apps have now started appearing in the App Store, just in time for that big iOS 4 update that everyone has been waiting for.
Here is a list of some of these (new and existing) apps which are ready for iOS 4, with true multitasking capabilities.
Probably one of the useful app on the iPhone is now iOS 4 ready, with complete support for running in the background and app switching. You can now sync or upload files to the cloud in the background to share with others while you perform any other task of your choice at the same time. Awesome for an iPhone isn’t it
Download Dropbox from here.
Evernote has to be one of the best note taking app for the iPhone, and now they are taking it further with complete support for iOS 4. Evernote is now fully background aware and now you can record your audio notes while the app runs in the background, how cool is that?
Download Evernote from here.
Pandora Radio is your own free personalized radio which can stream music on your iPhone or iPad. Pandora was the first app which was demonstrated with multitasking capabilities when iOS 4 was unveiled for the first time. Pandora is also fully capable of running in the background, with iPod music controls widget support in the tray. You can listen to your music from Pandora in the background while you do other tasks like email or web browsing at the same time.
Download Pandora from here.
Foursquare is the best way to explore your city and unlock different locations and rewards. According to different sources, the Foursquare app was installed on the iPhone 4 demo units at WWDC 10 and so it supports app switching now and is capable of running in the background but we’re still uncertain what tasks it will perform if it’s background aware. Maybe check in to different places without having to launch the app?
Download Foursquare from here.
This one isn’t out yet, but will be out very soon. The developer behind Twitterrific 3 has already confirmed that a new version with support for multitasking in iOS 4 (and iPhone 4) has been submitted to App Store. I for one cant wait to run a Twitter app in the background on iPhone.
Download Twitterrific 3 from here.
The New York Times paper right on your iPhone! Now with support for iOS 4, this app now supports fast app switching so you can zip through different apps and right back to the page you were reading without any hitch.
Download New York Times from here.
Have an important game going on while you’re on the move? Now with the updated ESPN ScoreCenter app with support for quick app switching, the app runs in the background so you don’t miss a second of your game!
Download ESPN ScoreCenter from here.
A social network aimed at professionals, and now with iOS 4 support you’re just a double tap away to connect with 70 million others professionals just like you. With app switching, LinkedIn app makes sure you’re connected with others all the time.
Download LinkedIn from here.
So you’re a photographer on the move and you don’t want to miss a good photographic moment? With Flickit Pro and support for iOS 4, your app stays in the background, ready to share your photos with people on the Flickr community.
Download Flickit Pro from here.
How to Cook Everything
You’re cooking, texting people and checking your email all at the same time on your iPhone in the kitchen, but you want to check your recipes at the same time without launching the How to Cook Everything app over and over again? The new “How to Cook Everything” app is now iOS 4 compatible, with app switching, the app stays in the background and you can hop right back on to it where you last left it!
Download How to Cook Everything here.
Twitter is all about posting quick status message updates and so Tweetaholic along with Twitterrific 3 are going to be the first of the Twitter apps for iPhone with full iOS 4 support ! The app keeps on running in the background not only for background switching, but also for real time refreshes of your timeline!
Download Tweetaholic from here.
If you’re a blogger and want to keep track of your twitter followers, RSS subscribers and the number of visits you get all in one place, then Ego app is the way to go! With support for Ember, Feedburner, Google Analytics, Mint, Squarespace, Tumblr, Twitter and Vimeo, you can quickly view the number of visits to your website (including daily, hourly and monthly numbers), feed subscription totals and changes, how many people are following you on Twitter and more. And with multitasking and iOS 4 support, you’re not going to miss anything at all!
Download Ego from here.
Fandango Movies – Times & Tickets
If you’re a movie fanatic and don’t want to miss a beat on the latest movies, then Fandango Movies is the app for you! And now with iOS 4 support, the app stays in the background so you can recall it anytime you want to check out the latest movies in theaters in your area and buy tickets for them as well.
Download Fandango Movies from here.
What are the odds that you’re editing a video on your phone and you have to check some urgent mails or send a text message and you have to shut down the app? Highly likely that it will happen! But you can say goodbye to that as well! ReelDirector is now iOS 4 ready, the app goes into the background if you want to perform some other task and then you can recall it anytime you want and you can pick up right where you left off, it’s that simple!
Download ReelDirector from here.
First off, have you actually upgraded? If not, Here’s how.
Here are all the new things that are in iOS 4, and how you can try them. While you’re trying this, go and download the apps updated for iOS 4.
Multitasking and fast app switching
- Open the phone app
- Hit the home button once, then open Safari and go to any site
- Double tap the home button, which will bring up a little menu tray
- Select one of the “open” apps to switch directly to it
You can also swipe left and right to scroll through the different “pages” of apps you have open. If your app is multitasking-enabled, it will resume exactly where you left off. Games will continue from pause mode, web pages will be where you left them, music will continuously play even while you’re in another app, and so forth. The standard multitasking benefits.
So yes, this allows you to listen to Pandora in the background while you do other stuff. Well, as long as you grab that new version of Pandora. Strangely enough, YouTube backgrounding does not work, even though I remember specifically talks of that working. Not sure what happened there, or if the YouTube app needs an update.
The big picture is you can do a lot of stuff now that you couldn’t do before. You can have a Skype phone call and use your phone simultaneously, have a GPS turn-by-turn navigation app keep your place and keep routing you even while you go and send a text message, or even just load up a web page and have it full in in the background while you go change a song.
To close a running app
Steve Jobs doesn’t recommend that you even deal with closing running apps, because the phone will take care of it automatically. But if you want to shut off Pandora, or AIM, or anything else that’s running in the background and giving you alerts or doing something you want to end, here’s what you do.
- Double tap the home button from any app
- Press and hold on an app icon. The dismiss “minus” icon will pop up on each app and the icons will start shaking
- Click the minus icon to kill an app. You can do so repeatedly for all the apps you want to close.
- To get out of this mode, hit the home button
All you need to do is press-and-hold any app to trigger rearranging app icons and you’ll be able to drag them onto each other to create folders. Done. Your iPhone will even automatically suggest a name for the folder based on the type of apps you’re sticking in there (though you can change that with a tap).
Folders aren’t exactly perfect though. They fit twelve apps, but only show tiny versions of 9. Once opened, folders show apps in rows of four—which leaves a net nine-app folder looking awkward once open. No matter though, we’re content with being tossed at least a scrap here and hope that future iOS upgrades will address the some of the shortcomings of folders.
It’s not surprising, but it’s good to know that you can in fact stick folders into the dock.
Improved Mail features (mail threading)
We’re glad to see that the Mail app received a bit of a feature makeover of sorts. All the new changes appear to be in response to complaints we’ve had our heard from other iPhone users.
The email threading feature is surprisingly solid. When you’ve got it turned on, emails will be grouped by replies—like in Gmail for example—and you’ll see a little number indicator next to the most messages in your inbox to show you how long a thread is. Tap that most recent message and all others will pop up.
Speaking of Gmail! Those users will be happy to see that the “delete” button that shows up after a swipe has turned into an “archive” button. Makes things just a bit more logical.
We’re also happy to see that there are now “smart” links in emails now. This means that you can tap on dates to add events to your calendar, press tracking numbers to pull up the UPS website, or open the Maps app when there’s an address included.
And the best change to the Mail app? The long-awaited unified inbox. You can finally view emails by inbox or in one large dump. When replying to a message from the unified inbox, your iPhone will automatically use the correct email account.
If you receive an email from a person who has a picture in your contacts, you’ll now see a tiny image of him or her in the corner. Kinda cute.
There is now an option to sync notes over-the-air with some email accounts—such as those through MobileMe.
New iPod multitasking controls
While you can no longer get a pop-up set of iPod controls by double-tapping the home button, you do have a decent replacement in the multi-tasking drawer. By swiping over to the very left of the drawer, you’ll be able to access some minimal iPod controls next to the orientation lock. Play/pause, forward, back. It’s just enough to make some quick adjustments to song selection, but we still miss the old pop-up-style controls a bit.
That book e-reader program that’s already out on iPad is coming to iPhone! (Yay.) But it’s not built in. (Wha?) You have to hit the App Store and manually download the iBooks app. It’s free. Maybe for competitive purposes? Who knows.
In any case, you can sync ePub and PDF books directly from iTunes by using the iBooks section. If you have books in other formats other than ePub, use calibre to convert them.
The Xbox Live-like social networking game infrastructure that supercedes all the community-created ones is not here yet! It’ll hit some time after launch, once developers integrate it into their systems and Apple finishes building it. But, it should give you a pretty good unified system for communicating with your friends over various games, as well as allowing you to do game recommendations (and invitations). It’s definitely something we’re looking forward to.
Custom Home Screen Wallpapers
- Go to Settings
- Tap Wallpaper
- Tap on the two icons that represent your two current homescreen/lockscreen wallpapers
- Choose a picture from either the Wallpapers list that Apple included, or use one of your own photos from your photo album
- Decide whether you want it on your lock screen, your home screen, or Both
- Hit the home button to see your new home screen
Unfortunately, iPhone 3G users don’t get to have Wallpapers. But if you want those Lost wallpapers, here you go.
But to do so, just open up the Camera app, tap somewhere on the middle of the screen and the slider will appear. Slide it right to zoom, left to un-crappify. Note, zooming doesn’t work on videos, where you can only tap to focus, but not zoom.
Pairing a Bluetooth keyboard—almost any Bluetooth keyboard, not just the slender Apple-branded kind—is as simple as pairing any other Bluetooth device. Turn the keyboard on, turn on Bluetooth, let your phone detect the keyboard, and tap a few numbers. Done. It works quite well, though it takes a while to get used to not having the on-scree keyboard pop-up while a Bluetooth one is connected.
Turn off cellular data
If you’re traveling abroad and want to make sure you stick only to Wi-Fi, you can now turn off cell data. Go to Settings, General, and then Network.
You can now tether your phone to your computer over USB or Bluetooth. But how? The first step is turning on tethering on your account, which you can do by going to att.com/mywireless and enrolling in the tethering plan. It’s an extra $20 a month, and you get to share whatever data plan you have on your phone with your computer.
Charging an extra $20 just for the privilege of using the same data you’re already using on another device seems seems pretty lame, but that’s a gripe for another time.
What, you’re in such a hurry to look at ads on your iPhone? You’ll have to cool it for a bit, because the ads themselves aren’t available until July 1. What you can do, though, is opt-out of the targeting portion of the ads by going to oo.apple.com, but that isn’t live until July 1 either.
Making playlists on your phone
Quick internet, Wikipedia search
Swipe left from the home screen to get to the quick search area, where it now brings up not just local results, but gives you web and wikipedia links as well.
This isn’t exactly something you “try”, but compared to 3.1.3, iPhone 4 (on a 3GS) is definitely faster. Everything is snappier and quite fluid. Any of the sluggishness found in the betas is definitely gone.
New contacts screen
Sync Events, Faces and Places from iPhoto
If you use iPhoto, you can sync discrete Faces, Events and Places from within iTunes, making it easier than setting up a hack-workaround album solution that doesn’t work quite as well as Apple’s native feature.
Search with Yahoo or Bing
Under Settings, Safari, Search Engine, you can change your default search engine to one of the non-Google alternatives, if you’re the type of person who likes those engines more.
Send full-sized, any-sized photos when you’re emailing
No longer do you have to sync your iPhone to your computer to get full-sized photos off of it. You can also have the option of resizing to a small, medium or large size, in case it’s something you don’t need super clarify for.
SMS character count, MMS disabling, searching
Like the Mail app, the Messaging app got a few new features. For the most part the changes are minor—there are now options to toggle off MMS and grouping of messages with multiple recipients as well as a character count. The best new feature though is the SMS search. It’s not really different from any other search in the iOS. It simply live-updates results as you keep adding to your query.
Easier adjustment of location services
Now with apps being able to grab and use your location in the background, there might be multiple apps knowing where you are at the same time. The locations menu lets you keep track of who’s used your data in the last 24 hours, or if you want, you can shut off location for certain apps entirely.
Better enterprise support
There’s a small segment of you that will care about this, but the iPhone OS 4 can do a bunch of Enterprise stuff. And here it is, courtesy of Ars
- You can now encrypt your e-mail or attachments with your iPhone PIN code. The API for this is also available to developers so that you will be able to encrypt data inside of third-party apps as well.
- Apple now offers a mobile device management solution so that someone deploying lots of iPhones within a company can manage them.
- Wireless app distribution: no longer do you have to deploy apps across your company’s iPhones with a physical connection. You can distribute apps to anywhere in the world from your own servers.
- As we mentioned in the Mail section, you can now have multiple Exchange accounts on a single phone.
- There’s now support for Exchange Server 2010.
- There’s now also support for SSL VPN.
Improved lock codes
You can now finally stop telling people to go “duck” themselves because they’re such “ducking” idiots by adding your favorite terms to a custom dictionary. The only stupid thing is that the option to edit a dictionary only appears if you add a foreign keyboard in the “International Keyboards” menu.
Plenty of minor cosmetic changes in iOS 4. A few settings—like the Spotlight search customization—are now easier to find and some app icons are just a tiny bit prettier. A few of the changes are actually useful though, such as the ability to finally view your Photo Roll in a horizontal orientation and YouTube in a vertical one.
How it is on iPhone 3G
There’s no multitasking in iOS 4 for the iPhone 3G. (Or wallpapers or Bluetooth keyboard support.) Which would be fine, if iOS 4 delivered that other thing iPhone 3G owners really wanted: speed. It’s no faster than OS 3.1. The hangups, the stuttering and the chugging, still make the iPhone 3G kind of infuriating to use, or at least make you really want to buy a new iPhone.
But iOS 4 still makes it a better experience overall: The unified inbox and folders alone make it worth the jump. After all, it’s not any worse than 3.1.
What we still didn’t get (and want in iOS 5)
- SMS tone customization. Seriously! C’mon!’
- Facebook integration, or any kind of cloud-contact syncing
- iTunes cloud streaming, direct from an iTunes.com
- Better multitasking, because only having four icons visible at once is arbitrarily clumsy. Why swipe through so many apps to find the one to “quickly” switch to
- A solution to the modal popup problem. I don’t want to be locked out of what I’m doing whenever I get an IM
- Widgets in the multitasking tray
- A lock screen that shows email count, IM count, SMS count and other info to be determined by the user
- Home screen widgets even
- Free turn-by-turn application (Android can do it, why not one for iPhone)
- Ability to remove Apple’s default apps
- Horizontal homescreen
- Ability to disable spotlight searching entirely, for both privacy reasons and for clumsy-swiping reasons
- iChat mobile, with FaceTime on iPhone 4 somehow worked in to video chat with desktops
- A “mark all as read” or “select all” button in the Mail app would be nice.
- Email account specific email signatures could help us avoid forcing our work signature on all our personal email accounts.