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Multitasking: It's here, finally. It's handled with a simple task switcher: double click your home button, and you get a list of running apps. Select, switch, done. Multitasking is limited to seven features, including audio and VoIP backgrounding.
Custom Backgrounds: Now you can choose a persistent background for your iPhoneâ€”not just for the homescreen.
New developer APIs: 5x digital zoom, sync IMAP notes, tap to focus video, places in Photos, home screen wallpaper (like iPad), iPod Out (wha?), Web search suggesetions, Bluetooth keyboards (!), file and delete mail search results, cell data only setting, larger fonts for mail, SMS and alerts, Choose image size in mail messages, wake on wireless, and a few more.
The iPad won't get the 4.0 upgrade until Fall of this year, a few months after the iPhone does. So, you'll be able to multitask on your dinky little iPhone before you'll be even be able to listen to Pandora and check your email at the same time on your giant iPad.
[edited by: travelin_cat at 10:25 pm (utc) on Apr 8, 2010]
It's not real multitasking and it's a cumbersome process to move from an app to an app. All this thing does is freeze the process and continue where it left off when you're back within the app. Real multitasking means the process continues in the background. For example, a Web page continues to download even if you switched app.
[edited by: engine at 2:05 pm (utc) on Apr 9, 2010]
. @bouncybunny if you don't know what multitasking means for ease of use on your mobile, then you must not be a power user.
The webOS interface has been celebrated and acknowledged as the best of any mobile device ever. It's the type of interface Apple should have made. It uses gestures within the screen but also has a gesture area outside the screen which enables a universal back button like gesture, a forward gesture, a quick swipe app and a lot more. In fact the interface is very Mac-like with the status drag bar that feels the same as on a Mac. And on top of that, it includes all the typical double taps, multi-touch, accelerometer and zoom features of an iPhone.
@bouncybunny you don't get it. First, you can't do all of that on an iPhone.