We're live, running with the wolves as Apple introduces the latest build of their iPhone Operating System. This time around, we're at the 4th generation, and this one is definitely the largest milestone for the company by far. After all, they've just announced that the iPhone will now be able to fully support multitasking! Something that people have been craving for since 2007, Apple has finally brought to the table, with a well-rounded amount of applause at the event.
As it stands, Apple has figured out a way to create multitasking on the iPhone, without hindering the services in the background, the foreground, and the battery life. The entire system, according to Apple, is going to keep running as smoothly as you'd expect while you switch between applications. How do they do it? With a simple double-press of the Home button, an app tray with your recently used applications will show up, and you're able to switch between them whenever you wish. As Steve Jobs put it:
“We weren’t the first to this party but we’re going to be the best”
“Like cut and paste, it’s better than other implementations. It’s easy to add multitasking in a way that drains battery life and in a way that reduces foreground app performance and makes your phone feel sluggish."
The story is developing, so make sure to check out the live blog as it continues. And, as it developed, we found out that owners of the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2nd Generation are going to be able to download the iPhone OS 4.0 update, but they will lose some features. Mainly, multitasking. Apparently, the hardware cannot run it smoothly enough.