Steve Jobs has unveiled Apple‘s new operating system, the iPhone OS 4.0, which will support multitasking of apps. The current iPhone OS has been widely criticized for its lack of support for full multi-tasking as it only allows a few core apps to run in the background while another app is active. With the new iPhone OS 4.0, users will be able to run more than one application at the same time. Users can finally listen to music in Pandora while doing other things on their phone.
“We weren’t the first to this party but we’re going to be the best, just like cut and paste,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs, alluding to the fact that cut-and-paste hadn’t been available until a year after the first iPhone launched.
“It’s really easy to implement multitasking in a way that drains battery life. If you don’t do it just right your phone’s going to feel sluggish and your battery life is going to go way down. We’ve figured out how to implement multitasking of third-party apps and avoid those things.” (CNN)
Aside from its ability to multitask, the iPhone OS 4.0 will include over 100 new user features for iPhone and iPod touch owners to enjoy. These new features include Bluetooth keyboard, the ability to tap to focus on video and 5x digital zoom for the camera. The new system will also allow users to group similar apps into folders.
Here’s a clip from the iPhone OS 4.0 Keynote