Sometime’s I have to wonder how compartmentalized an organization Apple is, the lock screen orientation feature in the iPad is fantastically handy, and yet it remains absent from (at least the first beta) 4.0. What gives?
We’ve discussed multi tasking here before, and I praise you by sticking to your guns and not implementing “real” multi tasking, the fast app switching and app freezing is nigh on perfect, and having played with it a bit over the past few days, it feels natural, fast and elegant in use.
Background wallpapers? Meh. I can see the iPod touch crowd using this feature, but personally I like my black background.
Limited iPhone 3g (and ZERO iPhone 2g) support. Computers age, your g4 cant run snow leopard and your original iPhone can’t run OS 4, deal with it.
Folders. Rock. That is all.
The game centre depending on who you listen to either is the future of mobile gaming, or just killed the innovation and individuality of the sector. Bullshit to both, the game centre simply gets rid of the multitude of different log ins, passwords and friend lists in each separate iPhone game and replace it with one centralized database that each and every game can access. Makes it easier for gamers, makes it easier for developers. Win, Win.
The unified mailbox should’ve been present on the iPhone day one.
The addition of Web search in spotlight makes me think Apple want users to search more, or get used to the mechanic of searching more often in the iPhone OS, how long until we see this jump to the main home screen?
Bluetooth keyboards. They work, you look like a douche using a bluetooth keyboard to type on your phone. Yay.
5X digital zoom says one thing and one thing only, theres a MUCH better camera coming in the next iPhone, because 5x at 3MP sucks.
And then theres iBooks, which I really, really, really wanted to test out, but couldn’t because it doesnt ship at the OS level, it’s going to be released as a 4.0 launch app it looks like, but I really like the idea of sync between iPad and iPhone copies of the book (I know the kindle has this too), and seeing as the iPad keeps getting delayed, maybe I’ll get to read all those eBooks I’ve been stocking up on on my phone before my shiny new iPad.
All in all, an evolution of the iPhone, not a revolution (and in case you’re wondering, I think that is a good thing)