Feeds

Apple iOS 4 update due today

Will Apple's servers creak under the weight - again?

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Apple is set to release the newly named iOS 4 for some existing iPhones and iPod Touches today.

The company claimed earlier this month that the software update will bring to these devices "more than 100" new features, most notably a way to allow multiple apps to run simultaneously - multitasking.

Apple iOS 4

iOS4 essentially freezes background apps, allowing them to respond to incoming data and send it out, but not hog CPU cylces and thus hinder the foreground app's performance or sap the gadget's battery.

Not all iDevices will support multitasking - only the iPhone 3GS can do it out of the current crop of devices.

More useful for everyone else - and in general, we suspect - are the improved Mail app, now with a single, unified inbox; the abiity to organise apps into folders; the arrival of iBooks on small-screen iOS devices; touch-to-focus on video capture; a 5x digital zoom for still photography; face recognition in the Photos app; the ability to change the homescreen wallpaper; and, from the iPad, Bluetooth keyboard support.

Last week, the availability of iPhone 4 pre-order opportunities caused Apple's Store servers to wobble under the weight of eager enquiries.

The iOS 4 update is due to be pushed out later today. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.