iPhone OS 4.0 was officially announced today, and some of the feature that we all expected would be in this latest release, like multitasking is going to be released. Well let me clarify that, only the iPhone 3Gs and 3rd generation iPod Touch will get the new multitasking feature. Everything else including the most popular idevice, the iPhone 3G won’t support multitasking. Ouch, that was big hit to iPhone community. You could maybe deal with the first generation iPhone 2G and iPod Touch 1G not being able to run the multitasking feature, but come on no iPhone 3G and no iPod Touch 2G? Being a iPod Touch 2G owner myself, I’m a little disappointed. I think if I had the multitasking feature supported, I might not have to rush into and play the jailbreak waiting game.
Speaking of the jailbreak, what can we expect from the jailbreak community? Will the new OS 4.0 be able to be jailbroken? Short answer, yes. The older devices like iPhone 2G to the iPod Touch 2g (non MC serial) should always be able to be jailbroken, regardless of firmware. As we know some of newer devices are not so easy. But there has been little bits and pieces that can be put together to show that it is all possible.
More recently today, George Hotz a.k.a geohot has hinted towards a jailbreak. Today he even posted the keys for the 3.2 iPad firmware which allow for the decrypting of the iPad’s iBoot, Bootrom, and RAMdisk. We had a video of the Spirit, the userland jailbreak, shown working on the iPad. The Dev team is working hard on untethering the latest iPhones, and unlocking the latest baseband. There is a lot of work and the DEVs have their work cut out for them. Just a general reminder don’t bother or hassle them with useless comments and tweets about progress and time frames. When they have the release we will know, and you can guarantee BlogsDNA will have all jailbreak news as soon as it happens.
Some of these new features are really the icing on the cake for Apple. When the new OS is released this summer for the iPhone and iPod Touch and the fall for the iPad, it will make Apple the clear favorite in the mobile operating system world. Yes some features have been available via jailbreak, but not everything. Full VOIP support is a big addition, Now if you want to run a VOIP program on your iPhone, like Skype, it doesn’t have to be open. it just runs in the background. Don’t forget about Google Voice either. I also think the Folders feature is pretty cool, it will help to create folders for your applications, so you can keep them all organized anyway you want.
The one thing I think people will now realize is that Apple and Flash don’t mix. I think it’s safe to say we will never see full Flash support on the iPhone OS. the new iAds will run strictly on HTML5, and it seems Apple will stick with HTMK5 technology for a long time to come. Until mobile Flash becomes relevant and efficient, don’t expect it on your iPhone anytime soon. It’s as simple a Steve Jobbs saying “no” today when Flash came up in the Q&A section of the event. Be that s it may, with all the features Apple announced today, I’m sure there is one there that caught your eye. It really means every iPhone and iPod Touch user has something to look forward to this summer.