Responding to rampant criticism that the iPhone (and, more recently) the iPad does not allow users to have an app/utility running in the background while doing other things, Apple announced yesterday that the upcoming iPhone OS 4 (the operating system for iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads) will finally allow multitasking.
Oh, Apple… Stop wooing me, you had me at iPod.
Announced on Thursday, the new operating system includes the long-awaited multitasking and a variety of other features. Straight from the Apple website:
100+ New User Features
With iPhone OS 4, iPhone owners will enjoy over 100 new features that make it easier to interact with apps, manage email, read books, and more. New features include the following:
Developers will have access to seven multitasking services, which will allow tasks to be performed in the background while preserving performance and battery life. So you’ll be able to make a Voice over IP call while playing a game or checking email, find a restaurant on Urbanspoon while listening to Pandora, and more.
Organize apps into folders with drag-and-drop simplicity. Get faster access to your favorites and browse and manage up to 2160 apps at once — many more than the current limit of 180 apps.
Even Better Mail
See messages from all your email accounts displayed together in a unified inbox, switch between inboxes more quickly, organize messages by threads, and even open attachments in third-party apps.
The best way to browse, buy, and read books on a mobile device. Easily flip through the pages of a book you’ve downloaded from the iBookstore while listening to your music collection. Browse tens of thousands of books — many of them free — by title, author, or genre. You can even check out reviews and read sample pages before you buy.
Seriously… I love me some Apple.