New iPhone OS 4.0 beta 3 features discovered

Boy Genius Report has discovered several new features in the latest update to the iPhone OS 4.0. The new additions to the software include File Sharing through iTunes, iPod Widgets, Orientation Lock and the closing of multiple applications has been streamlined. 

File Sharing under Apps tab in iTunes

The file sharing feature is located at the bottom of the Apps tab once the iPhone has been plugged in. Applications with file sharing capabilities are then listed and documents can be transferred between the iPhone and the computer. The feature does not appear to be working at this stage and support for other Apps should be expected if file sharing is included in the final release of the iPhone 4.0 operating system. 

The multitasking interface in the new beta has widgets to control the iPod application. Its controls which are accessible by swiping to the left inside the multitasking interface include play, pause, next, back and accessing your music. 

A welcome new addition to the iPhone in the new beta is being able to lock its orientation of the UI. Once more in the multitasking interface by swiping left and clicking the Portrait Lock icon the orientation will stay in place. 

Also another slightly annoying problem in the previous betas was the option to only close one application at a time. This has been solved by press and holding an icon of an application that is to be deleted and the option is given to delete multiple applications at one time by simply pressing them too. This method is comparable to the way applications are deleted on the iPhone. 

About two weeks ago it was also discovered the new OS had social networking integration, although only Facebook appeared to be featured. 

Engadget reports that the iPhone OS 4 beta 3 release was slightly bungled as it was pulled shortly after its release. However it is now available and no features appear to have been removed. 

Images: Boy Genius Report

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So what exactly do 3G owners get? I thought it was just Multitasking that we were missing out on? I have my 3G until 2011, so don't want to get completely shafted as its got capable hardware.

Maybe Apple should work on iTunes for Widows first because that software is a piece of ***!
I will not buy any more iPod/iPhone/iPad before they make their software work!
I mean seriously My computer has Quad core, 6GB ram etc.. but this damn software is not working as it should: crashes, freezes, errors, 'laggs', .....

I'm using a Core 2 Duo with 3 GB and it works fine on my computer - doesn't crash or hang like it used to in older versions. I think they've fixed a lot of the issues, but I admit its still not perfect.

bbfc_uk said,
I'm using a Core 2 Duo with 3 GB and it works fine on my computer - doesn't crash or hang like it used to in older versions. I think they've fixed a lot of the issues, but I admit its still not perfect.

I think someone is using iTunes with a small music library. Just before I switched mine was getting to that size that it would cause issues but fortunately it wasn't too bad.

TrOjAn. said,
Maybe Apple should work on iTunes for Widows first because that software is a piece of ***!
I will not buy any more iPod/iPhone/iPad before they make their software work!
I mean seriously My computer has Quad core, 6GB ram etc.. but this damn software is not working as it should: crashes, freezes, errors, 'laggs', .....
Really? runs fantastic for me, there is the occasional hickup/slow down (like the other day it insisted my iPod touch was an iPhone ) but over all runs great running on a Core 2 Duo with 3Gb RAM with Vista 32-bit (laptop).

Xerxes said,
Really? runs fantastic for me, there is the occasional hickup/slow down (like the other day it insisted my iPod touch was an iPhone ) but over all runs great running on a Core 2 Duo with 3Gb RAM with Vista 32-bit (laptop).

Didn't you get the memo? It's cool to hate iTunes for Windows...

It astounds me to be honest how present 3G owners as well as potential new 3G owners have been left behind!

I registered for the dev programme and have just installed beta 3 on to my 3G and I have to express what a sore disappointment it really is. Admittedly it is a lot less bug ridden than beta 2 but things such as the wallpaper has just completely gone. Sure the camera is back but it is temperamental to say the least!

Just think customers/owners of the 3G are getting a real sore deal. I know things have to progress but when people buying the 3G at present are not told that what they are purchasing will be stunted then it starts to open up consumer rights issues?

One would think that with the next iPhone release, the 3G will be discountinued - can't see them offering 3 iPhones, though they could keep it as a 'basic' model.

Edited by bbfc_uk, May 5 2010, 10:01pm :

excalpius said,
You must be a first time Mac/Apple user. This is the way they do things--planned obsolescence to the nth degree.

Unlike other companies? No current Windows Mobile Phones will be officially upgraded to version 7 because they lack a "Search" or whatever button.

neufuse said,
Wonder if the next iPhone will be called iPhone 4GSVHD (4G Verizon High Definition) *lol* j/k

Yeah...you should have kept that one in your head.

bytes2000 said,
do you have the tentative OS4 release date ? Summer ?
June 7-10, or late June at the rumored latest. Apparently AT&T has blacked out vacations in the month of June (suggesting a new iPhone release), and WWDC, where Apple always announces the next iPhone and its true release date, is June 7-10.


The OS should come out with the new hardware.

Edited by pickypg, May 5 2010, 6:03pm :

What fails tho, is that the orientation lock is for the 3gs only. This makes no sense.

I understand them not allowing multitasking on the 3g, but it's getting pretty fail how much stuff won't work on the 3g at all, considering they still sell it on their website.
3g has no background images either.
...

DrCheese said,
What fails tho, is that the orientation lock is for the 3gs only. This makes no sense.

I understand them not allowing multitasking on the 3g, but it's getting pretty fail how much stuff won't work on the 3g at all, considering they still sell it on their website.
3g has no background images either.
...

So we think. Background images will hopefully come just that Steve Jobs only answers "some" emails ;(

DrCheese said,
What fails tho, is that the orientation lock is for the 3gs only. This makes no sense.

I understand them not allowing multitasking on the 3g, but it's getting pretty fail how much stuff won't work on the 3g at all, considering they still sell it on their website.
3g has no background images either.
...


It's not really a big deal. Jailbroken iPhones have had all of these features for a looooong time. If you have a 3G and want them, just jailbreak and install the appropriate apps.

Mike Brown said,
Sure?

Yup, posters on macrumors have confirmed it. You need to bring up the multtasking bar to do it, which the 3g doesn't have.

It fails epicly, I'm going to upgrade to whatever they release this year, but it's fail to cripple a device so much that they are still selling.

DrCheese said,
I understand them not allowing multitasking on the 3g, but it's getting pretty fail how much stuff won't work on the 3g at all, considering they still sell it on their website.
3g has no background images either.

No different to when 3.0 came out and the 2G iPhone got shafted majorly in the features department. It's to make you upgrade. You gotta remember, that when this is all released, there will be a new iPhone and the 3Gs will take the place of the 3G on the store.

Ji@nBing said,

It's not really a big deal. Jailbroken iPhones have had all of these features for a looooong time. If you have a 3G and want them, just jailbreak and install the appropriate apps.

Guess what... I don't want to use Mobile Substrate, Rock, and all that other stuff. All it does is decrease battery life. I want to use something much more official.

DrCheese said,

Yup, posters on macrumors have confirmed it. You need to bring up the multtasking bar to do it, which the 3g doesn't have.

It fails epicly, I'm going to upgrade to whatever they release this year, but it's fail to cripple a device so much that they are still selling.

Well the good news is, when you jailbreak, all you got to do is modify one simple file and you can get multitasking without having to install all those jailbreak apps.


Best part about doing it the official way is the official support for it. For example, yes you can continue uploading pictures from your iPhone using an unofficial jailbreak app, but if you use the official built-in multitasking, you also use the official APIs for multitasking which makes everything much more smoother and better on the battery.

Edited by Electric Jolt, May 5 2010, 8:18pm :

Electric Jolt said,

Well the good news is, when you jailbreak, all you got to do is modify one simple file and you can get multitasking without having to install all those jailbreak apps.


Best part about doing it the official way is the official support for it. For example, yes you can continue uploading pictures from your iPhone using an unofficial jailbreak app, but if you use the official built-in multitasking, you also use the official APIs for multitasking which makes everything much more smoother and better on the battery.

That's very good to hear. I'll recommend that to any 3G users that I know.

Electric Jolt said,

Well the good news is, when you jailbreak, all you got to do is modify one simple file and you can get multitasking without having to install all those jailbreak apps.

exactly. Apple disables your multitasking on 3G simply by a multitasking=false, in system config files. Jailbreak and it is easy you have all the features

aye, I already jailbreak for a lot of things so will do the same when I shift over to the beta (I like shiny new things!)

No different to when 3.0 came out and the 2G iPhone got shafted majorly in the features department. It's to make you upgrade. You gotta remember, that when this is all released, there will be a new iPhone and the 3Gs will take the place of the 3G on the store.

aye I know, that was only really MMS tho, this is quite a lot. I'm not complaining tho given that virtually every other mobile phone company virtually ignores their own products as soon as they are released.