Apple announces new iPhone operating system
Apple has announced the fourth major revision of its smart phone operating system, iPhone OS4.
To be made available during the southern hemisphere winter, the updated system will provide developers with a richer toolkit with which to craft applications for iPhones, iPods and eventually iPads. Apple will also provide developers with an opportunity to embed multimedia-rich advertising in their applications, bolstering their capacity to monetise their software on the platform.
For users, OS4 will allow for better organisation of applications on the devices screen via a simple folder architecture. The iBooks application — released with the iPad — will be made available for iPhone users as part of the upgrade, as will an improved email application. The most significant improvement to the operating system is support for multitasking, a process that allows the user to run several applications simultaneously, including the previously hamstrung VOIP application, Skype.
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