So this is not a "Coming soon, get excited!" post (it came out today). It's a "This version of the trailer is fucking awesome" post. And now I want to see this movie very badly. Despite Nicolas Cage.
“If our competitors ever introduce a competitor to the iPad, they’ll be hoping they can get 3500 apps within the first year. We got 3500 apps in the first week. It stands on the shoulders of 85 million people out there who already know how to use it because they used an iPod touch or an iPhone."
Check out Gizmodo for the full rundown on how Multitasking works on iPhone OS 4.0.
For the user, multitasking works transparently. You will be able to answer an incoming SMS, or chat with a friend, or answer a call and keep playing the game you left to do any of those tasks. You will be able to upload photos to Flickr but you won't need to keep Flickr open. The Flickr application will keep uploading those photos while you go to read your email or check the weather.
The user interface to manage all this running apps at the same time is quite simple: Double-clicking the home button will open a tray showing all running applications. Switching to another running app is as simple as clicking on it.
Here's one example: If you are working on email and there's a link to a web page, clicking on that link will open Safari. In previous versions, that will close Mail and launch Safari. Once you were done watching that web page, you would close Safari, get back to the main iPhone menu, click on the Mail, and go back to your mail.
In this new version, however, Mail keeps running—turning into a dormant state—and Safari opens. To go back to Mail, you just double-click the home button: A dock will slide in from the bottom of the page, showing the running apps. Click on any app to switch to the app.
The iPhone OS 4.0 will come out this Summer. Dev Testing is now available. It will be most useful to users with current gadgets, iPhone 3GS and 3rd Gen. iPod touch.
The iPhone 3G and second gen. iPod touch won't have certain features such as multitasking. I think its time to upgrade...
Unfortunately iPad users will have to wait til Fall for OS 4.0 to come to the iPad. Good thing I didn't get one yet...
Mobile Advertising will be on the new iPhone OS. Steve Jobs: "You know the ads on the web -- they're eye catching and interactive, but they don't deliver emotion. What we want to do with iAds is deliver interaction and emotion... Because iAd is in the iPhone OS itself, we have figured out how to do interactive and video content without ever taking you out of the app."
This would mean a good chunk of profits for developers with no hosting required. Remember this event is for Devs.
Ad for the new Toy Story 3:
The ads are 100% interactive and open like an app within an app. You can do dozens of things inside this ad, watch the trailer, play games, buy other apps, find theaters where the movie is playing, etc...
Nike's ad lets you make your own NikeID and shoes.
There's a new Game Center for the iPhone. Since it has been so popular as a gaming platform, Apple has created a Game Center that allows you to connect with other users, store your achievements and climb leaderboards.
New mail features on the new OS will allow you to have all your inboxes in one list and the ability to organize your inbox by the thread (Gmail style). You can also have more than one Exchange folder. You can open attachments with other apps you have.
You can now create folders for apps.
The folder will look like a normal app, but will show the apps inside the phone on the icon.
This allows more room for apps, currently you can have up to 180 apps, now that number goes well beyond 2000.
Multitasking will be one of the 7 tentpole features that should keep the iPhone at the top level for mobile formats. Steve Jobs: "Now we weren't the first to this party, but we're gonna be the best. Just like cut and paste."
The iPhone will have a dock for multitasking. So as you jump from app to app, the old tasks stay in the dock. Its 100% seamless and easy, but apparently the best part is that it will keep your battery life at bay. Unlike the palm os.