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iOS 4 First Impressions

iOS 4 First Impressions is a post from Chris Pirillo


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I learned a few things while I was trying to record my first impressions of Apple’s new iOS 4 (as seen here on the iPhone 3GS). I decided to make the fandroids happy and used my HTC Evo 4G to capture the excitement. It disappointed me on so many levels. Not iOS 4, but the HTC Evo 4G’s default camera app and settings. If you would like to read my rant about this video’s quality, you can catch it on Facebook. Let’s get on with the iOS 4 chatter!

Overall, my impressions of the iOS 4 are (surprise, surprise) positive. This was an incremental upgrade. Apple seemingly left out a few finer details, but it didn’t completely take away from the experience. If you’re already an iPhone user, you’ll love what you see here. Some of these features have been long overdue. I don’t care if you had them four years ago – it’s today, and now we all have them (making your history, in this respect, moot).

The largest update, of course, is the ability for third-party apps to multitask. You don’t have to terminate one in order to do another thing any longer. People have been clamoring for this since the original iPhone launched. Apple’s own apps could already do this, but now third parties can make use of a limited set of multitask capabilities. You’ll be able to listen to streaming music in the background while doing other things on your phone. You can carry on a VoIP call (such as with Skype) while surfing the web and even let your GPS run in the background. Notice the common theme here? This isn’t “true” multitasking as you’re used to with a desktop. However, you don’t have to quit one app in order to use another any longer.

The ability to create folders on the home screen is a pretty big deal to most of us. You can group all of your apps based on genre, personal preferences, or whatever criteria you choose. Simply drag one app onto the top of another, and you’ll be prompted to name your new folder. You can store up to twelve apps within each folder. For most users, this should be more than enough. However, some of the power users may wish that Apple would add folder nesting. If we bug them enough, perhaps we’ll see that in ...

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