The battle for mobile OS supremacy hots up
Based on a quick analysis of the sales figures announced during Apple’s Fiscal Q1 2011 results call, Apple has retaken the mobile OS lead over Android. Apple is currently shipping approximately 366,000 iOS devices each day made up by combined sales of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. Recently Apple and Google have been leap-frogging each other, as it was only in September last year that Apple was activating 230,000 iOS devices versus Google’s 160,000 activations.
Restriction said to be not directly aimed at Adobe
Contrary to early suggestions that Apple's apparent ban on cross-compilers is aimed directly at Adobe's Flash-to-iPhone utility, sources familiar with the company's plans claim the move is actually related to technical requirements for the multitasking functionality in the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0 update, according to AppleInsider.
Firmware expected sometime in summer
A YouTube video posted by the Polish site MakoweABC shows the iPhone OS 4.0 beta, including the new multitasking features and folder creation. The host demonstrates how to launch several apps and bring up the multitasking toolbar with a double press of the home button. Each of the app icons are listed on the bottom of the screen, allowing users to terminate each app by tapping and holding on the icon.
Keynote available as video podcast
Apple has posted a video podcast of its April 8 special event, which focused on a variety of new features introduced with iPhone OS 4.0. The upcoming firmware will finally enable multitasking, enabling iPhone users to simultaneously run several applications. Users will also be able to take advantage of additional features such as gift apps, playlist creation, video tap-to-focus, and 5x digital zoom.
Framework includes several new camera functions
Apple's fourth-generation iPhone may integrate a camera flash module for capturing pictures in low-light conditions. Developers reportedly noticed a variety of new camera functions contained in the framework of the iPhone 4.0 beta released earlier on Thursday, according to AppleInsider. The code includes functions labeled AVCaptureDevice.hasFlash, AVCaptureDevice.flashMode, and AVCaptureDevice.hasTorch.
Apple event on 27th may show iPhone OS 4
Apple's late January event could have more than just the anticipated tablet itself in store, a rumor suggests. Certain developers have allegedly been seeded a beta of the iPhone OS 4.0 development kit that, among other adaptations, would include a simulator and tools to accommodate a new resolution and screen area.