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Apple Releases iOS4

While it actually hasn’t been that long since Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced iOS4, but its features are things that fans of the iPhone and iPod Touch have been waiting a long time for.  Not only is it delivering everything users have been waiting for, but this time it’s free for even the Touch owners, and not just the iPhone owners.

iphone4portrait350Of course the most anticipated feature will be the inclusion of multi-tasking, meaning that, yes, at long last, you can continue running an app like the Pandora streaming music service while doing other activities like e-mail.  Want to leave an IM program running while you go and look something up on your iPhone?  Now you can.

Also from the land of “it’s about freakin’ time!”: folders!  Yes, you can now cut down on the number of screens you have to swipe through if you are an application junkie like most iPhone and iPod Touch owners.  Simply click on an app until it begins to shake like it has when you want to rearrange them, drag it on to another app and you’ve got yourself a folder.  This increases the number of apps the device can display, meaning you may buy more, so I somehow doubt this feature being added was altogether altruistic.

Not nearly as important, but still cool, is the ability to change the background image from the standard black screen to whatever image you want.

There are lots of other new little features and fixes, but those are the three biggest changes to the all important iOS.  The OS is available for iPhone 3G and 3GS, as well as second and third generation iPod Touch units.  The first generation of either device will not be receiving the upgrade.  The new version will eventually be coming to the iPad, but it won’t be until some time this fall.

What say you?  Have you installed it yet?  Anything you’re loving or hating?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...