Well I have no doubts that everybody in the world has heard about iPhone OS 4.0 by now. And all I have to say is that the rumors were right! (some of them)
Multi-tasking is confirmed for the platform which leaves me with mixed emotions because I want multi-tasking but I am writing a white paper which describes the iPad as “task oriented” and now that might be moot.
More iPad rumors are surfacing about Apple wanting to bring different scale models of the device to the market in the near future. Rumors say that 5 and 7 inch devices are in the works already.
On a personal note: My apologies for letting the blog dry up. I am finishing up my degree and lets just say schools a little hectic right now.
Note: I try to update the interesting news on in the sidebar daily so everybody can at least see what I would likely be writing about if I were able to.
As the Smartphone wars rage on it is becoming increasingly difficult for Smartphone device owners to feel secure in their decision regarding which team they’ve chosen; be it team iPhone, or team Android, or some other less significant faction.
With rumours resurfacing about the iPhone becoming a multi-tasking platform I’m left wondering if that means an upcoming hardware upgrade for users who wish to take advantage of this [rumoured] upcoming functionality. Obviously the added stress to the hardware that is a product of multitasking will mean a number of less awesome side-effects. For instance, slower overall phone performance, less memory for existing apps to work with, which might mean updates and with the rumours of updates coming at a cost in the future this could mean big spending for iPhone owners in the near future, and most notably — reduced battery performance.
I trust Apple will do their best to contravene these side-effects but I suspect there to be a new iPhone coming out this summer if this update is more than just rumours.
On the development side the ability to multitask opens a lot of doors for developers. Every time I hear this rumour I nearly jump out of my seat with excitement but after seeing no truth to these rumours up to now… well lets just say the excitement is wearing off.
Regardless of my preaching about my excitement for the iPhone I know for fact that Android is a very good platform. I would love to have access to an Android phone to learn how to develop for it but I suppose I’ll stick with developing for my team for now. Both companies take very good care of their customers and I trust this battle will continue to rage for a long time now.
Note: I suspect if Apple brings multitasking to the iPhone that it will appear on the iPad also. In fact, if you pay close attention to the commercial it looks like the mail app is running over-top of another application. In another scene it appears as if two apps are running side by side.