iPhone OS 4.0 detailed and screenshot

Boygeniusreport is reporting the first leaked screenshot of the iPhone 4.0 OS (2B13), leaked from an inside Apple contact.  According to the Apple contact, there are some new exciting features added to the iPhone OS 4.0.

Here are five features added to the iPhone OS 4.0 that should make iPhone fans excited:

•    There will be multi-touch gestures OS-wide. (Would make sense for that as the rumored OS for the iTablet is close if not the same as the iPhone)
•    “A few new ways” to run applications in the background — multitasking.
•    Many graphical and UI changes to make navigating through the OS easier and more efficient. We haven’t had this broken down, but we can only hope for improved notifications, a refreshed homescreen, etc.
•    The update will supposedly be available for only the iPhone 3G and 3GS, but will “put them ahead in the smartphone market because it will make them more like full-fledged computers” more than any other phone to date. Everyone is “really excited.”
•    The last piece of information is the most vague, but apparently there will be some brand new syncing ability for the contacts and calendar applications.

If the list is true, it could mean that we might see the next generation iPhone next week during Apple’s press event on January 27.  Fans will also be happy to see that Apple is finally adding in multitasking, a very long overdue feature, which is something to get excited about, much like copy and paste was in iPhone OS 3.0.

It also appears Apple is cutting out support for the iPhone 2G; no mention if Apple will be cutting software support for the first generation iPod touch.  The iPhone 2G, 3G, iPod touch first and second generation all use the same processor, ARM11 at 620mhz, underclocked to 412Mhz with 128MB of ram.

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finaly multitasking with out having to jail break. i dont know why apple didnt have that feature from the start, but better late than never.

"The iPhone 2G, 3G, iPod touch first and second generation all use the same processor, ARM11 at 620mhz, underclocked to 412Mhz with 128MB of ram."
Wrong.

That screenshot has been posted by the BGR to be made by them.

"Boy Genius says:
January 19, 2010 at 5:20 PM
I made the image above for the post. It’s not real…"

4.0 is definitely real and is coming next week. Can't wait to see what's in it and if these points are actually true.

Am I the only one that read the source article? BoyGenius himself wrote that image was made by him specifically for the article, it's not real. It's the second comment.

Good work gentlemen

cool can't support a platform for longer then 18 months great work apple really have a clue about what your doing, not.

More like full-fledged computers? Hope that means adding a Finder, so third party apps can access files used on other apps (e.g. using the Dropbox app to download documents, which could then be accessed in QuickOffice to edit them).

But at least I can say I would not be surprised if iPhone 5.0 or whatever comes out in 2011 were to not support the iPhone 3G (2008). If that happens, maybe then I'll give BlackBerry a shot. :P

Let's hope they improve voice recognition. At the moment if I say "Call Bitchface" it calls one of my good friends.

How rude.

Examinus said,
Let's hope they improve voice recognition. At the moment if I say "Call Bitchface" it calls one of my good friends.

How rude.

Good luck, considering they were several years behind even free phones at Walmart with voice recognition, they don't seem to put a lot of priority in something this important to most users. (anyone with a headset or bluetooth)

Apple wants to lock out iphone 2g and ipod toch 1 g users but the thing is that the "guts"of both devices are the same as the iphone 3G ( same processor, sam memory ect) . Thus, jailbreaking will almost certainly allow users to update as both phones have the same guts, with iphone 2g without gps, 3g and a few tiny features.

Jailbreak FTW!

I remain on the side bench until we see something more concrete. However multitasking would suit me, I have believed since day 1, that if I choose to run something in the background, regardless of battery life, it should be my own choice.

Multitasking and traditional SMS format option - Id be back with apple in a second, oh and sort out the sound profiles so I can be on silent and still have an alarm.

Orange Battery said,
Multitasking and traditional SMS format option - Id be back with apple in a second, oh and sort out the sound profiles so I can be on silent and still have an alarm.

While I agree with you about the silent+alarm thing, I think it should be an option in the Alarm settings... like "Sound even when silent".

Sound profiles on most feature phones are a joke... adding features to the point of making the simple task of changing your ringtone to be a nightmare.

cyberdrone2000 said,

Sound profiles on most feature phones are a joke... adding features to the point of making the simple task of changing your ringtone to be a nightmare.

The phone is one of the best on the market, give a simple sound setting and an expert one for those that like the detail.

Orange Battery said,

The phone is one of the best on the market, give a simple sound setting and an expert one for those that like the detail.

It isn't a simple setting when other features don't work as people expect. Apple are practically the only company to design their phone like that. It's asanine, stupid, and against normal behaviour.

Orange Battery said,
Multitasking and traditional SMS format option - Id be back with apple in a second, oh and sort out the sound profiles so I can be on silent and still have an alarm.

I'm pretty sure that alarms currently override the silent switch.

Stetson said,

I'm pretty sure that alarms currently override the silent switch.

It does... otherwise I wouldn't have been at work any day for the past year and a half.

Why, thanks Apple. No support for the first iPhone. All cool, dwag!

If the OS is any good, I might buy a 3G/3GS or i'll just wait till June

They should make full bluetooth compatibility with Windows, I hate to create an AdcHoc Connection each time I wish to connect my iPod. And/or, connect my iPod when is fully charged.

I really hope they add the ability to add your wallpaper to the App screen (Home screen?). The current blackness just irritates me.

Titoist said,
I really hope they add the ability to add your wallpaper to the App screen (Home screen?). The current blackness just irritates me.

That would be great and possibly a customizable dock background would be sweet :)

Titoist said,
I really hope they add the ability to add your wallpaper to the App screen (Home screen?). The current blackness just irritates me.
jailbreak, doooo iiiiit :D

qdave said,
This is so dissapointing..no iphone 2g support...how can this be :(

because Apple sells hardware... would be the generic excuse as to why they want you to buy a new phone

qdave said,
This is so dissapointing..no iphone 2g support...how can this be :(

Yeah, that does suck :(. One of the highlights of the iPhone has been that all the devices have received all the updates. Unlike WinMo, Android, and BB where the updates are up to the service providers and therefore rarely happen.

If this is going to be the trend from Apple, we can probably expect that next year updates will exclude the iPhone 3G and the year after that the 3GS.

Shadrack said,
If this is going to be the trend from Apple, we can probably expect that next year updates will exclude the iPhone 3G and the year after that the 3GS.
sounds fair.. they need to stop support at some time..?

BGM said,
sounds fair.. they need to stop support at some time..?

Oh I agree. At some point the user base of the old hardware is so small it is insignificant. At least iPhone users get all the updates for 2 years. Unlike other smartphone providers who couldn't give two ****s about keeping their current users up-to-date (only selling them new phones).

idczar said,
hopefully this os can be jailbroken somehow

Don't really care for jailbreaking apart from themes, and I can live without them. Apple are slowly adding in the features that makes jailbreaking actually worth it, so less people see the point and don't bother.

The update will supposedly be available for only the iPhone 3G and 3GS, but will “put them ahead in the smartphone market because it will make them more like full-fledged computers” more than any other phone to date. Everyone is “really excited.”

LOL, hang on my HTC Touch Pro is basically a full fledged computer as it is. Also i can run any type of ROM i dam well like with any other type of update i want :)

I find it funny that Apple has such contempt for jailbreakers yet they don't mind stealing their ideas at later times and making out like they suddenly came up with the idea.

scratch42069 said,
I find it funny that Apple has such contempt for jailbreakers yet they don't mind stealing their ideas at later times [b]and making out like they suddenly came up with the idea.[/b]

Old jokes are old. When was the last time Apple claimed that any feature they incorporated from another device or from JB was [i]their idea[/i]. Unless you have a source to backup this claim that Steve Jobs stood from a mountain top and proclaimed "We Invented Everything Everywhere Before Anyone Else" just stop.

Shadrack said,

Old jokes are old. When was the last time Apple claimed that any feature they incorporated from another device or from JB was [i]their idea[/i]. Unless you have a source to backup this claim that Steve Jobs stood from a mountain top and proclaimed "We Invented Everything Everywhere Before Anyone Else" just stop.

For the most part what you say is correct, it is the users that get it in their head taht Apple is the inventor of the technology because they never looked at their friend's phone that is 5 years old.

However Apple doesn't mind keeping these myths alive. For example the whole Multi-touch UI thing, from people believing Apple invented touch devices to prople that at least think Apple invented the multi-touch UI concepts, Apples doesn't kill these rumors or cite reference design. In fact they try to get bogus patents. (The current research on multi-touch UI was demonstrated at TED the year before the iPhone was released, and the iPhone copied even the 'made up' gestures from the presentation exactly.)

You also have Apple in the past doing some dishonest advertsing, like their "First 64bit desktop computer' ads, that even the UK made them stop using because it was false on many levels, as it wasn't the first and the OS wasn't using 64bit - OS X still doesn't except on a few servers or hacked Macs.

Apple also claimed the PowerPC was the worlds first desktop supercomputer, and even had the State departmetn convinced so they would get press about getting approval to ship such a powerful computer overseas. It was powerful, but not as powerful as the average PC already used and being shipped overseas.

It is this 'lying' that has put a black-eye on Apple, and their unwillingness to admit or at least squash rumors that they let their users believe. Heck there are people I meet everyday that thinks the Apple Tablet will be the first tablet computer in history. Sad uh?

I'm still hoping for bluetooth transfers with all devices, not just iphones. The iphone is the only device that's not capable to send a photo via bluetooth... Thats lame

rm20010 said,

This. :(

Again, I'm agreeing here. It still will be available for the touch, they just want to annoy us with their speculation.

I said it might happen. Apple has yet to announce anything officially, but it seems they are cutting the first generation iPhone / iPod touch.

Multitasking has been available for some time now with JB phones. OH MY APPLE FINALLY GOT IT! A little late to the game again.
Anyone want to buy my 3Gs? Bye bye Iphone...

Multitasking will be the biggest improvement to the OS (if it pans out to be true...). I would like to also see a universal spellchecker. My spelling is terrible.

0sm3l said,
no more updates for 2G because they don't want to, not because of hardware. Thanks Apple.
I dunno, getting 3 years worth of updates out of a phone is pretty good. Most people are lucky to get an update that brings real features in 1 year for their phones.

Simon said,
I dunno, getting 3 years worth of updates out of a phone is pretty good. Most people are lucky to get an update that brings real features in 1 year for their phones.

3G uses almost the same identical hardware (besides the 3G of course) so if they stop supporting the 2G they should stop the 3G as well. If they don't is because they just want to make those of us using 2G upgrade.

0sm3l said,
no more updates for 2G because they don't want to, not because of hardware. Thanks Apple.
This has been common Apple practice for a LONG time, don't act like you're surprised.

jstillion said,
Is it me or does apple HATE to support the ipod touch?

It seems like it, doesn't it?

They only made the iPod touch due to high demand from users. Everyone loved the iPhone but wanted an iPod that did touch screen.

excalpius said,
Would never own an iPhone as long as it's bundled with AT&T, but I love my iPod Touch. 8)

I'm not convinced that any carrier can handle the bandwidth created by the iPhone and it's legion of users. Verizon can pimp their service all they want, but I'm sure they'll buckle under the load just like AT&T did. Sprint and T-Mobile wouldn't fare any better I bet. Only way to tell is to move every single iPhone to Verizon and that won't happen. Any shift in carrier in the future won't be a true test as the user base would be fragmented.

Andrew Lyle said,

It seems like it, doesn't it?

They only made the iPod touch due to high demand from users. Everyone loved the iPhone but wanted an iPod that did touch screen.

Yeah, it really does seem that way... LOL

jstillion said,
Is it me or does apple HATE to support the ipod touch?

I think they are giving the Zune HD a chance to pick up marketshare. I know it sounds a bit crazy, but why else would they shove the iPod touch to become the red-headed stepchild?

Hopefully there will be new iPod Touch models soon that have the graphics of the Zune and the screen durability of the Zune HD. If not, with the Zune subscription model, Apple might start to lose a bit of the MP3 crowd for a while.

medium_pimpin said,
Sure would like some Flash support...

That would be nice. I read somewhere that Adobe is quoted as saying that "...they're doing as much as they can to get Flash support on the iPhone without Apple's support..." It sounded like they were ready for a mud slinging match... I was really surprised by the comment.

medium_pimpin said,
Sure would like some Flash support...

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashcs5/appsfor_iphone/

Much better than letting flash run wild :)

medium_pimpin said,
Sure would like some Flash support...
There already is flash support, just not in the browser, for security reasons ( no execution of code ) and performance reasons ( Many sites with flash bring a Modern computer to 50% CPU, imagine an iPhone with a few tabs open or something )

I wish when you click on the WiFi/Arial icon, it pops a window/bubble to quickly turn on/off wireless communications.

Pajter said,
Nothing exciting so far imo. But if this means Apple will give us some details soon, I'm game.

I have to be honest that I haven't really been excited by an iPhone OS update since 1.0... The features just are never overwhelming...

I'm calling fake. An app developer recently accidentally said that his app was 4.0 ready (he meant the app was version 4.0) so the timing seems right. The screenshot doesn't show anything beyond the obvious. The features are vague enough to most likely describe a final release.

OH man Multitasking!! That's it, that to me is more important than copy/paste. Although I just seen my battery life go to -10% even faster now.

I wonder if the syncing being discussed is some kind of syncing over a wifi connection? That would be a great feature

excalpius said,
It's nice to know Apple is just one software update away from catching up with my Amiga from the late 1980's... 8P

Lets hope they can package up the amiga in a device that small so the amiga can catch up with the iphones portability :P

excalpius said,
It's nice to know Apple is just one software update away from catching up with my Amiga from the late 1980's... 8P

ROFL!!

REM2000 said,

Lets hope they can package up the amiga in a device that small so the amiga can catch up with the iphones portability :P

Uh? There are people running AmigaOS and Amiga Emulators on Windows Mobile phones from about 6 years ago. (It is a really old OS and compared to todays hardware, even the cheapest phone in your pocket should be able to run it.)

And this is why it is insanely crazy that multi-tasking is a 'new' feature for the iPhone, when people were doing it on hardware that was 100 times slower 20 years ago.

"The last piece of information is the most vague, but apparently there will be some brand new syncing ability for the contacts and calendar applications."
I'm most interested in that comment. Will it be WiFi or Bluetooth functionality?

Customization options for the homescreen would be a very nice addition as well.

Blasius said,
I'm really hoping they can do multitasking. I wouldn't need to jb then.

Yeah, I can't imagine not being able to multitask on my phone... I do that all the time... Not being able to would really annoy me.

Blasius said,
I'm really hoping they can do multitasking. I wouldn't need to jb then.

+1, just have a feeling they will do some funny way of multitasking but this wait for next Wednesday is getting rather frustrating hehe.

King Antonius said,
Is anybody else more excited about OS 4.0 than the new iPhone?

Me. I can't afford a new iPhone. Just a shame we don't know anything about 4.0 other than the obvious.

King Antonius said,
Is anybody else more excited about OS 4.0 than the new iPhone?

I don't think the hardware side of a new iPhone will be spectacular. Better camera, etc., but I don't think we will see anything largely new.

King Antonius said,
Is anybody else more excited about OS 4.0 than the new iPhone?
Details are vague, but it sounds like the hardware will be a little power boost and that's it. The iPhone 3G and 3GS can handle the upgrade and provide all the same functionality a new, over priced device with an apple logo would.

"The update will supposedly be available for only the iPhone 3G and 3GS, but will “put them ahead in the smartphone market because it will make them more like full-fledged computers” more than any other phone to date. Everyone is “really excited.""

Granted, this post is about rumors and a leak... so new hardware might hold some benefit that hasn't been discovered.

Edited by zeke009, Jan 19 2010, 5:42pm :

Island Dog said,

I don't think the hardware side of a new iPhone will be spectacular. Better camera, etc., but I don't think we will see anything largely new.

I think we may see a Verizon phone before the end of the year, but I doubt they'll announce anything next week regarding that.

I've read somewhere that we will NOT see new iPhone hardware next week and I think the Verizon deal is why.

Island Dog said,

I don't think the hardware side of a new iPhone will be spectacular. Better camera, etc., but I don't think we will see anything largely new.

I agree. With Apple releasing a new iPhone every year about the same time, they are definitely taking the "small incremental" approach as oppose to putting off a new release for 2 or more years and releasing a BIG hardware update. I think that they are playing it safe and smart.

I do hope that they go with full enclosure multi-touch and add a higher resolution screen.

I also predict 16, 32, and 64GB options.

Edited by Shadrack, Jan 19 2010, 5:54pm :

King Antonius said,
Is anybody else more excited about OS 4.0 than the new iPhone?

Me. With long contracts and expensive initial cost for PAYG I would suspect quite a few people will be.

Hurmoth said,
I think we may see a Verizon phone before the end of the year, but I doubt they'll announce anything next week regarding that.

I've read somewhere that we will NOT see new iPhone hardware next week and I think the Verizon deal is why.

Well, it's a little early isn't it? My memory isn't the best, but doesn't Apple usually show off the new iPhone in the spring?

I really hope they give out a build of 4.0 to developers next Wednesday. Sounds like some good features if they are accurate.

Hurmoth said,
+1 More customization please!

Customizaton and Apple are not two things that I've seen as compatable in the past... it seems Apple doesn't like us to customize unfortinuatly....

neufuse said,

Customizaton and Apple are not two things that I've seen as compatable in the past... it seems Apple doesn't like us to customize unfortinuatly....

I wouldn't mind it if you could select a background for the home screens, that'd be sweet, but I think customizing icons is to much.

Edited by Jan, Jan 19 2010, 7:10pm : Remove #

Island Dog said,
Please give us theming without having to JB.

I pay for the majority of my apps, if I could theme natively I'd have almost no reason to jailbreak.

So alls we have is a screenshot with a version number that has no difference graphically from the screenshot? How do we know that this is actually 4.0?

Edrick Smith said,
So alls we have is a screenshot with a version number that has no difference graphically from the screenshot? How do we know that this is actually 4.0?

We don't 100% but BGR is usually spot on with its sources.

Tom W said,

We don't 100% but BGR is usually spot on with its sources.
Well could they not be just as spot on and provide some screenshots that others actually want to see?

hmmm vague, but interesting.

I doubt we'll see new iPhone hardware, but OS 4.0 I imagine will be unveiled as it is probably the basis of the tablet as you said, and the iPhone will obviously inherit some new features/navigation ideas/etc from the tablet as well.

There's also the possibility that the iPhone 4G is the tablet...
"So are you all ready to see our tablet?" "Here it is" *takes out iPhone*. It even fits into your pocket! (then jobs rambles on about why nobody wants/needs a tablet?)

DomZ said,
hmmm vague, but interesting.

I doubt we'll see new iPhone hardware, but OS 4.0 I imagine will be unveiled as it is probably the basis of the tablet as you said, and the iPhone will obviously inherit some new features/navigation ideas/etc from the tablet as well.

There's also the possibility that the iPhone 4G is the tablet...
"So are you all ready to see our tablet?" "Here it is" *takes out iPhone*. It even fits into your pocket! (then jobs rambles on about why nobody wants/needs a tablet?)

Well, I think they're due for a new iPhone announcement soon, don't they usually do that in the Spring? It's a little early, but we'll see what happens... I thought they usually rolled out new hardware with their OS updates...

M_Lyons10 said,

Well, I think they're due for a new iPhone announcement soon, don't they usually do that in the Spring? It's a little early, but we'll see what happens... I thought they usually rolled out new hardware with their OS updates...

They usually announce the next version of the iPhone OS in the spring for the benefit of developers, but for the last two years the new hardware has been announced at WWDC in June.

SirEvan said,
SO basically....the settings screen looks the EXACT same.
Not only that, but it is the easiest to fake too. Showing the About screen is absolutely pointless unless it actually showed real change.

Hurmoth said,
Not only that, but it is the easiest to fake too. Showing the About screen is absolutely pointless unless it actually showed real change.
Yeah, this gets my vote for the most pointless screenshot ever. It doesn't show anything that's changed, other than the number 4 instead of 3.

TCLN Ryster said,
Yeah, this gets my vote for the most pointless screenshot ever. It doesn't show anything that's changed, other than the number 4 instead of 3.

almost as pointless as the office 2010 leak with highlighted start menu icons...

TCLN Ryster said,
Yeah, this gets my vote for the most pointless screenshot ever. It doesn't show anything that's changed, other than the number 4 instead of 3.

HAHAHA, indeed!

ale07 said,

almost as pointless as the office 2010 leak with highlighted start menu icons...


If you had actually looked closely, you would have noticed the lack of the word "BETA" along with those highlighted changes.

Apart from multistasking, what about the ability to update the firmware without itunes? like the same way you pay for an app. Apple don't have common sense.

Hurmoth said,
Not only that, but it is the easiest to fake too. Showing the About screen is absolutely pointless unless it actually showed real change.

Check it out! I got my hands on the NEXT version of the iPhone!
Comes in 64/128GB sizes, on AT&T and Verizon!
Has full multi-tasking, 8 Megapixel camera (w/video), but best of all... FULL FLASH SUPPORT!

Here's a screenshot: http://img130.imageshack.us/i/iphone5os.jpg/

Edited by cyberdrone2000, Jan 19 2010, 9:18pm :

cyberdrone2000 said,

Check it out! I got my hands on the NEXT version of the iPhone!
Comes in 64/128GB sizes, on AT&T and Verizon!
Has full multi-tasking, 8 Megapixel camera (w/video), but best of all... FULL FLASH SUPPORT!

Here's a screenshot: http://img130.imageshack.us/i/iphone5os.jpg/


hahhahah.

Hurmoth said,
Not only that, but it is the easiest to fake too. Showing the About screen is absolutely pointless unless it actually showed real change.

Yeah it can be photoshoped easily!
cyberdrone2000 said,

Check it out! I got my hands on the NEXT version of the iPhone!
Comes in 64/128GB sizes, on AT&T and Verizon!
Has full multi-tasking, 8 Megapixel camera (w/video), but best of all... FULL FLASH SUPPORT!

Here's a screenshot: http://img130.imageshack.us/i/iphone5os.jpg/


My point exactly!

Edited by cyrl, Jan 20 2010, 12:29am :

cyberdrone2000 said,

Here's a screenshot: http://img130.imageshack.us/i/iphone5os.jpg/

Today's winner of teh internets.

Edited by geoken, Jan 20 2010, 12:23am :

SirEvan said,
SO basically....the settings screen looks the EXACT same.

No, basically... the neowin staff and readers don't know how to read: Boy Genius says it's photoshopped, not a screenshot.