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iOS4 and iTunes 9.2: A Recap

June 21, 2010

Apple’s released it’s 4th version of their mobile Operating System and the Internet is going crazy, tweets are racking up faster than ever as everybody hurries to be the first to download and start testing it out.

iOS4 was released to the general public today, with over 100 new features! iTunes 9.2, released last week, is required to download this update.

According to Apple, iTunes 9.2 now allows:

  • Syncing iTunes content with iPhone 4
  • Syncing and reading e-books (with iBooks 1.1 installed)
  • Syncing PDF documents as books
  • Utilizing new folders feature for organizing apps
  • Faster syncing

Naturally, we all want to know what’s

changed in iOS4, so here’s the primary features:

  • Multitasking: You can now multitask with third party applications, ie. listen to music from Pandora in background, while on Safari or a game*
  • Folders: Organize all of your favorite apps into folders of 12 applications, expanding the number of visible applications on the home screen from 176 to 2160.
  • Custom Wallpapers: Use your own favorite pictures as the home screen background*
  • Mail: Now supports threading, and a unified inbox
  • iBooks: Works and Syncs with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
  • Bluetooth Keyboard Support – You can now pair your iPhone with a Bluetooth keyboard, which will make typing long documents much easier.
  • Better Spell Check – The spell check utility now works across Mail, Notes, Safari and other apps.

Some of the more minor features include Custom Playlists, 5x Digital Zoom*, Tap to focus video*, Faces and Places in Photos, Gifting Apps, locking screen orientation, and *

*iPod Touch 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4 can only use these features.

iPod Touch 2G and iPhone 3G users can’t utilize the *’d features due to unsupported hardware. The iPod Touch 1G is not compatible with iOS4 at all.

And here’s the FULL changelog:

• Multitasking support for third-party apps*
– Multitasking user interface to quickly move between
– Support for audio apps to play in the background
– VoIP apps can receive and maintain calls in the
background or when device is asleep
– Apps can monitor location and take action while
running in the background
– Alerts and messages can be pushed to apps using
push and local notifications
– Apps can complete tasks in the background
• Folders to better organize and access apps
• Home screen Wallpaper*
• Mail improvements
– Unified inbox to view emails from all accounts in one
– Fast inbox switching to quickly switch between
different email accounts
– Threaded messages to view multiple emails from the
same conversation
– Attachments can be opened with compatible third-
party apps
– Search results can now be filed or deleted
– Option to select size of photo attachments
– Messages in the Outbox can be edited or deleted
• Support for iBooks and iBookstore (available from the
App Store)
• Photo and Camera improvements
– 5x digital zoom when taking a photo**
– Tap to focus during video recording**
– Ability to sync Faces from iPhoto
– Geo-tagged photos appear on a map in Photos
• Ability to create and edit playlists on device
• Calendar invitations can be sent and accepted wirelessly
with supported CalDAV servers
• Support for MobileMe calendar sharing
• Suggestions and recent searches appear during a web
• Searchable SMS/MMS messages**
• Spotlight search can be continued on web and Wikipedia
• Enhanced location privacy
– New Location Services icon in the status bar
– Indication of which apps have requested your location
in the last 24 hours
– Location Services can be toggled on or off for
individual apps
• Automatic spellcheck
• Support for Bluetooth keyboards*
• iPod out to navigate music, podcasts and audiobooks
through an iPod interface with compatible cars
• Support for iTunes gifting of apps
• Wireless notes syncing with IMAP-based mail accounts
• Persistent WiFi connection to receive push notifications*
• New setting for turning on/off cellular data only**
• Option to display the character count while composing
new SMS/MMS**
• Visual Voicemail messages can be kept locally even if
they have been deleted from the server**
• Control to lock portrait orientation*
• Audio playback controls for iPod and third-party audio
• New languages, dictionaries and keyboards
• Accessibility enhancements*
• Bluetooth improvements
• Better data protection using the device passcode as an
encryption key* (Requires full restore.)
• Support for third-party Mobile Device Management
• Enables wireless distribution of enterprise applications
• Exchange Server 2010 compatibility
• Support for multiple Exchange ActiveSync accounts
• Support for Juniper Junos Pulse and Cisco AnyConnect
SSL VPN apps (available from the App Store)
• More than 1,500 new developer APIs
• Bug fixes

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2010 3:08 PM

    Apple does an amazing job of continuing to make and refine products. They know what people are thinking before they are actually thinking of it.

  2. Miné Salkin permalink
    November 13, 2010 6:15 PM

    That update made it impossible to Jailbreak the iPhone. Now I’ve got a Canadian iPhone that won’t work in the UK, where I now live!

    Do you know if it’s possible to backgrade?

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