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iOS 4 Out Today. First Impressions & Network News

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iOS 4 Out Today. First Impressions & Network News [Update: Out Now]

Yes it's the day you can finally get your hands on iOS 4. No as of now (2PM GMT) it's not yet available, and no I'm not going to run through every little feature - you can find them here and here. Instead I will tell you some initial observations having used it for the last week.

As I mentioned in podcast 4, it's fast really, really fast - on the iPhone 3GS at least. Taking a photo is almost instantaneous, menu transitions are substantially quicker and scrolling is smoother. iOS 4 is the first firmware update I can remember where handset performance improves on the back of it and that's extremely welcome.

The big news is multi-tasking, but there's a major caveat here: apps need to be updated to work with it, they won't be compatible automatically. Consequently for the majority of apps right now multi-tasking is simply a glorified shortcut to quickly accessing apps and making them reload. This should improve over time and one of the most crucial TuneIn Radio added multi-tasking support today.

Elsewhere numerous apps have glitches or incompatibilities with iOS 4 with crashes and performance hits the main issue. More than any other firmware I can remember, app makers really need to get coding to get the best out of this update.

On the whole though, it is a hugely welcome release with unified inboxes, threaded messages, folder support and battery life holds up (watch out for quirks sending mail from third party apps if you use Google Sync). It is also sure to only get better as app developers find creative ways to take advantage of multi-tasking and features like 'Game Center' come online.

In related news Microsoft has finally released an official Microsoft Live Messenger app for the iPhone. Amusingly multi-tasking support is a little iffy, but it's otherwise slick, fast and free.

In yet more related news O2 has decided to further enhance its rep as the most infuriating network in the UK by announcing only existing customers (mobile, mobile broadband, home broadband or home phone) will be able to buy the iPhone 4 from launch. O2 says this is due to stock shortage, but with the majority of existing customers stuck on iPhone 3GS 18 month contracts it seems somewhat self defeating. On the plus side O2 and Orange have announced free microSIM to SIM adapters will be available so can use your micro SIM in another handset. Handy.

Finally BGR reports some of those who pre-ordered an iPhone 4 direct from Apple have received shipping notices. Whether these are in error or whether handsets may indeed arrive early is unknown, but keep your fingers crossed.

Update 6.30PM GMT: It's live!

Links:

iOS 4 Software Update

Windows Live Messenger (iTunes link)

O2 iPhone 4 Availability Notice

iPhone 4 Pre-orders Shipping via BGR

xbrumster

June 21, 2010, 6:27 pm

waiting for an unlock...





im sad, i know.

HDRE

June 21, 2010, 6:53 pm

@xbrumster I thought you could buy direct from apple unlocked?

Jay4d0

June 21, 2010, 7:03 pm

@xbrumster: iphone 4 is sold unlocked, the best way to buy it

SirThomas

June 21, 2010, 7:26 pm

"as of now (2PM GMT) it's not yet available"





I do believe it's released at 5 tonight... but whether or not anyone will be able to get it then is debateable...I can see a lot of saddo's counting down the minutes for it :D

Gordon394

June 21, 2010, 7:44 pm

@all - the Gold Master (same version as Apple is putting out tonight) has been available for over two weeks. If you know the right sites you can get it now, but I'm SURE you all have more exciting things you can do in the next few hours instead ;)

Ala Miah

June 21, 2010, 7:44 pm

waiting for it to ra1n!

JohnH

June 21, 2010, 7:45 pm

Does the update make the tiny screen larger or make the interface look less dated? Thought not.

SirThomas

June 21, 2010, 8:01 pm

@JohnH - Ahh yes, but now you're allowed to use a wallpaper! ;) (shock horror!)

DevGuy

June 21, 2010, 8:10 pm

@SirThomas - Not all of us :P Wallpaper not supported on 3G, must be memory hungry *rolls eyes*

blueeyeboy77

June 21, 2010, 8:11 pm

Couldn't agree with you more regarding o2! Most of us are stock in 18 month contracts and their demand can't be too high - I've received a call today "encouraging" me to upgrade and pay the additional £20 per month of my contract (which would be £240 if I did it) to upgrade. No thanks o2 - happy to wait!

Keithe6e

June 21, 2010, 8:41 pm

@JohnH: Does the update make the tiny screen larger or make the interface look less dated? Thought not.





Good!!, 2 things that don't need changing.

Gordon394

June 21, 2010, 8:54 pm

Apple is really going after iPhone 3G customers - most at the end of their contracts rather than 3GS users. iOS 4 is superb on the 3GS, so there's much less need to upgrade anyway.

jon67

June 21, 2010, 9:02 pm

No update available a of 5-02pm.

Gordon394

June 21, 2010, 9:05 pm

@jon67 - that's some impressive impatience.


I suspect there will be delays - there always seems to be.

DrDark

June 21, 2010, 9:14 pm

@JohnH: See I'm an AppleHater, but even I'd have to disagree on those points :P.

ktomiFly

June 21, 2010, 9:31 pm

i guess it will be out at 1 pm (eastern time)

Occam's Razor

June 21, 2010, 9:40 pm

The Apple servers will be crashing for 2 days.

Chris2510

June 21, 2010, 9:49 pm

If the release time is 17:00 GMT, then that's 18:00 BST. Just thought I would say...

Niraj Goyal

June 21, 2010, 10:03 pm

Update available. Shame I'm awaiting the jailbreak

jon67

June 21, 2010, 10:05 pm

Available now at 6-15pm. Just downloading.

Occam's Razor

June 21, 2010, 10:10 pm

You can get it now.

joelakin

June 21, 2010, 10:13 pm

iOS 4 is now released, 18:05

savant

June 21, 2010, 10:23 pm

To all impatient souls, it&#8217s official, as of 6:22pm the iOS 4.0 is available from iTunes UK. Enjoy and report your anecdotal findings.

Greg17b

June 21, 2010, 10:46 pm

Yep - I'm downloading mine now through iTunes. Very slow servers though - 80 minutes to wait...

Ohmz

June 21, 2010, 11:03 pm

Only Apple can make its users act like little children on Christmas.

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