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Apple Ups Ante With iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 3

Apple is planning a number of new updates plus a list of overdue functionalities that could significantly improve its forthcoming iPhone OS 4.0 operating system.

Newly-acquired http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/05/04/hot-new-features-uncovered-in-iphone-os-4-0-beta-3 BGR published a list of things that are set to be added to the next version. Top of the list is file sharing which means that you will be able to drag and drop files from one's computer to the iPhone (and possibly the iPad); still not what consumers can expect from a decent media management system but we're getting there.

Then there's the multitasking interface that presents a new array of widgets that control music and tracks which bypass the whole iPod menu altogether and the associated memory footprint.

There's also an orientation lock which prevents application from switching from landscape to portrait and vice versa. Finally, BGR described how Beta 3 will also make it significantly easier to shut down applications that run in the background.

Just press on any of them and a minus appear on the corner, like on the current iPhone OS 3.x and decide which one you want to shut down. It will be interesting to see whether the iPhone extends the drag and drop functionality and like the rest of the mobile world, allows the iPhone to be converted into a mass storage device.

Apple is planning a number of new updates plus a list of overdue functionalities that could significantly improve its forthcoming iPhone OS 4.0 operating system.

Newly-acquired BGR (opens in new tab) published a list of things that are set to be added to the next version.

Top of the list is file sharing which means that you will be able to drag and drop files from one's computer to the iPhone (and possibly the iPad); still not what consumers can expect from a decent media management system but we're getting there.

Then there's the multitasking interface that presents a new array of widgets that control music and tracks which bypass the whole iPod menu altogether and the associated memory footprint.

There's also an orientation lock which prevents application from switching from landscape to portrait and vice versa. Finally, BGR described how Beta 3 will also make it significantly easier to shut down applications that run in the background.

Just press on any of them and a minus appear on the corner, like on the current iPhone OS 3.x and decide which one you want to shut down.

It will be interesting to see whether the iPhone extends the drag and drop functionality and like the rest of the mobile world, allows the iPhone to be converted into a mass storage device.

Désiré Athow
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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 ITProPortal.com 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.