So, if you're looking for Internet access wherever you go, you'll have to cough up the extra cash for an iPad 3G, trying to connect your WiFi model to your phone won't be an option.
Included in the iPhone OS 4.0 announcement was the fact that upgraded software would only be available to customers with the iPhone 3GS — not iPhone 3G or original iPhone users. The older models just couldn't handle all of the OS 4.0 functionality, including multitasking. Additionally, Apple CEO Steve Jobs explained that Apple would no longer be supporting first- and second-generation iPhones.
While first-gen iPhones are no longer sold in stores, some estimates say that one-third of these (and second-gen) phones are still in use. That means there are nearly 2 million iPhones that will soon be unsupported by Apple.
Most people I know who upgrade to more recent versions of the iPhone hold onto their original as a backup or give it to a friend or family member to use. And if you really want an iPhone but find yourself on a budget, the thought of a $50 refurbished 8G iPhone 3G is quite tempting. But would you spend money on a device that either wasn't supported or couldn't handle all of the latest software updates?
Today in Cupertino, CA, Steve Jobs announced iPhone OS 4.0, which will be released to developers today and ship this Summer. Highlights include the expected ability to multitask, customizable wallpaper, folders, and more. The new OS will run on the iPhone 3GS and second-generation iPod Touch; older models will see some of the functionality, but key features —
like multitasking — won't work on the 3G or original iPhone. Here's a quick roundup of some of iPhone 4.0's notable features:
- Multitasking: As Apple announced this feature, it acknowledged it was a long time coming — but chose to hold off on the functionality until now so it could be implemented without draining the battery or slowing the phone. When running multiple apps, double-click the home button to display a dock of apps currently in use; touch an app to switch between them. Yes, this means you'll be able to listen to Pandora (or any other streaming app) while doing other things. In fact, Pandora's founder was on hand and explained that you'll not only be able to continuously run the music service while using other apps, but you'll also be able to control it while your phone is locked. You'll also be able to switch between apps quickly and pick up where you left off instead of relaunching the app entirely.
For more new OS 4.0 features, read on.