Apple finally added multitasking to the iPhone OS. Apple unveiled seven major features in the latest version of its OS. Apple also released a beta version of the software to iPhone Developer Program members.
The iPhone OS 4 beta release includes an updated Software Development Kit (SDK) with over 1,500 new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and over 100 new features that will be available to iPhone and iPod touch users this summer. New features include Multitasking for third party apps; Folders to better organize and access apps; improved Mail with a unified inbox, fast inbox switching and threaded messages; enhanced Enterprise support with even better data protection, mobile device management, wireless app distribution and more; Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform; and iBooks, the delightful new ebook reader and online bookstore recently debuted on the iPad.
“iPhone OS 4 is the fourth major release of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re delivering over 100 new features, including multitasking, folders, a unified inbox, deeper Enterprise support, and an iPhone version of our iBooks reader and online iBookstore.”
But, within hours of availability of the new OS to the developers, it was jailbroken by the iPhone Dev Team. A video has been uploaded on YouTube showing Cydia and Veency running on iPhone OS 4.0. Also MuscleNer of the iPhone Dev Team said that the new OS is very buggy, so don’t bother to try it now.
The new OS will be made available to the general users this summer (for the iPhone 3GS) and in Fall for the iPad. iPhone 3G and iPod touch 2nd gen will not get multitasking. iPhone and iPod touch 1Gs are out of luck. You can visit the official iPhone OS 4.0 page here.