iPhone OS 4.0

Way to go Apple! Nice major OS update! Today, Apple took the wraps off of iPhone OS 4.0. There are a lot of additions to this version, some strictly interesting to the user, and many very interesting to developers. Without a doubt, the iPhone OS has taken a quantum leap forward, and shows that Apple is not resting on their laurels.

Suffice it to say, the next time you hear or read about how another smartphone OS developer is going to put the hurt on Apple, just remember how Apple responded with this stellar (soon to be) release of the OS. Innovation is live and well at Apple.

Some notable highlights as we see it. More later I’m sure after we get our hands on what is available to us as developers.

Multitasking: Enough said. Thank you Apple.

Calendar Access: Finally we can gain access to the calendar, which should make for a more powerful experience when we incorporate that into Wooly Tasks.

Local Notification: Like Push Notification in 3.0, this is local to the user’s iPhone. What does this mean? Finally we can resurrect alarms in Wooly Tasks, among other things!

Folders: Did you know you could only install 180 apps onto your iPhone? Actually, less, since you have several Apple supplied, permanent apps. Now you can organize your applications into folders, and be able to store 2160 apps on your device. Nice.

Game Center: Incorporating built-in social gaming network. Leaderboards and “matchmaking” to hook you up with other players. Why is this interesting to us? See our motto. 😉

That’s all for now. We are extremely excited to get out hands on the developer preview of OS 4.0, and really pick apart what it provides and plan for adopting the technologies. It is a very exciting time to be a user of the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and even more exciting as a developer for the platform.


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