Boy Genius Report claims they’ve got some “exclusive” iPhone OS 4.0 details from trusty Apple contacts. The iPhone OS is rumoured to be introduced at next weeks Media Event from Apple in San Francisco.
According to the source, iPhone OS 4.0 will be limited to the iPhone 3G and 3GS (and I presume the most recent models of iPod Touch) and will incorporate solutions for multitasking by running applications in the background and a revamped user interface for easier navigation. The original iPhone probably doesn’t have a strong enough processor in it for Apple’s liking so I doubt we will ever see multitasking coming to it.
- There will be multi-touch gestures OS-wide. (Would make sense for that as the rumored OS for the iTablet is close if not the same as the iPhone)
- “A few new ways” to run applications in the background — multitasking.
- Many graphical and UI changes to make navigating through the OS easier and more efficient. We haven’t had this broken down, but we can only hope for improved notifications, a refreshed homescreen, etc.
- The update will supposedly be available for only the iPhone 3G and 3GS, but will “put them ahead in the smartphone market because it will make them more like full-fledged computers” more than any other phone to date. Everyone is “really excited.”
- The last piece of information is the most vague, but apparently there will be some brand new syncing ability for the contacts and calendar applications.