Nearly a year after the release of the 3.0 software update, a goliath amount of improvements, comes the latest update in fashionable mammoth form.
The announcement was made this morning in Cupertino at the Apple Campus (coincidentally, about 10 minutes from where I am right now, in the office), where Steve Jobs fielded Q&A from attendees. Among updates, we have the following, which is sure to make a huge impact:
- Multitasking. Long past due. However not everything will have multitask ability from the get-go. Mainly things that stream, such as Pandora and Skype, will remain open when you go back to the menu to take a phone call, write an e-mail, etc.
- Folders. Better categorization for your applications. For myself, I have 12 pages of applications (all free, hah!) on my iPhone, of which include 3 straight pages for various game applications. For future use, I will be able to create folders for these applications to reside in, and therefore require less scrolling from page to page to get to where I need to be.
- A unified mailbox. Multiple accounts updating a single inbox. While I don’t use my secondary or tertiary accounts much, I do find it troublesome to back out of the inbox, back out of the e-mail account, click on another account, and then click on that inbox to view the single e-mail that popped in. Rinse & repeat to get back to the inbox I mainly use. Now, that too is much more simplified.
- Bluetooth keyboard support. I cannot tell you how wonderful this will be. I posted (awhile back) a keyboard for the iPhone / iPod Touch that could be used, and this makes it so much nicer for lengthy e-mails and the like.
- 5x camera digital zoom. No more cropping and resizing photos to cut out the things I didn’t want in the photo. While it would be nice to have actual optical zoom, digital is much more practical in our small telephone devices.
- Spell check. Hopefully a few of my friends find this ability. ;)
These are among the list which I find to be the most useful.