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Apple Set To Launch iPhone OS 4.0 In 48 Hours

Apple will offer a sneak peek at its next generation iPhone OS, version 4.0, which will be rolled out ahead of the impending launch of the iPhone 4G (or whatever moniker it carries).

It sent an email to selected members of the press - all of them in the US - inviting them to get a preview at the future of iPhone OS. It is likely that Apple will release a new SDK for the OS, something it has been doing for the past few years.

Engadget (opens in new tab) is already saying that there will be three distinctive forks, which aim at the iPhone, the iPod Touch and the iPad, with slightly different features and capabilities.

We've heard a number of rumours and speculation about the operating system, ranging from the fact that it will come with full on multi tasking, a feature that would be reluctantly introduced by Apple in order to catch up with the competition.

The iPhone's hardware has always been able to run applications in the background but Apple has deliberately kept this feature out in order to optimise battery life and reduce security risks.

There's also a report that says Apple will adopt the "Exposé" user interface, the same it uses on its desktop computers, for the iPhone.

As for the new iPhone, we are still expecting one to be unveiled towards the end of June at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco.

Our Comments

We will run through a list of expected iPhone 4.0 features that are likely to be included in the forthcoming version. It will be interesting to see how far Apple goes as the competition from Android builds up. The Google-backed platform was merely a blip at this time last year with only a few notable handsets.

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.