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Apple iOS 4 Available For Download

iOS 4 is now live and can be downloaded via iTunes for free for the iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone family and is set to bring more than 100 new features to the trio of Apple devices.

The most important feature that the iPhone OS 4 will be introducing will be multi-tasking, one that will be limited to the latest generation of iPhone 3GS and 4 and iPod Touch.

Other notable improvements will include folder creation and management, iBooks, unified inbox, the ability to create playlists, digital zoom, home screen wallpaper, many of which, we've showed, have already been introduced by Google's Android partners.

Apple introduced iTunes 9.2 today as the company prepares the release of the new iPhone; users will need to have this version installed before they can update to iOS 4.

We expect that there will be a few issues following the release of the iOS 4, more particularly, it will be interesting to see whether the update affects any existing app, breaks compatibility and affects battery life on current and older generation devices.

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.