I took the plunge on Monday to update my IPhone 3GS to the new IOs4. For me the longest part was downloading the new code. The upgrade process took about 45 minutes. I?ve heard a lot of reports about people complaining that the upgrade process for them took forever. Maybe their where trying to do their upgrade on a MAC, good thing I?m a PC 🙂 or maybe it was because I made sure I updated my copy of ITunes before I did the IPhone upgrade.
After the reboot I was greeted with a little shinier home screen, but no welcome or tutorial on the new features. Gee thanks.
From what I?ve seen and read, I wouldn?t really call this a full version upgrade. It feels more like a point release maybe 3.5 But since they are putting out a new phone they have to give the IOS a new version number and now a new name.
Some of the new features of IOs4 are (taken from Apple website and added my 2 cents)
Now you can run your favorite third-party apps ? and switch between them instantly ? without slowing down the performance of the foreground app or draining the battery unnecessarily.
** wow that?s earth shattering
Organize apps into folders with drag-and-drop simplicity. Get faster access to your favorites and browse and manage up to 2160 apps.
** Welcome to win95, we now have folders
Even better Mail
See messages from all your accounts in a unified inbox, organize messages by threads, open attachments in third-party apps, and more.
More than a great ebook reader, iBooks is also an amazing place to browse and shop for books, day or night.
** Yeah I want to read a book on a tiny screen, thanks
Create custom playlists right on your iPhone.
** Could be useful if you have local music, I tend to use Pandora or list to podcast.
5x digital zoom
Get closer to your subjects by zooming in up to 5x.
** digital zoom can mess up the quality of the image but a nice new feature.
Tap to focus video
While shooting video, tap the display to choose where to focus.
** ok?didn?t notice any issues before
Faces and Places in Photos
View photos based on who?s in them and where they were taken.
**don?t use IPhoto so I don?t think this does anything for me
Home screen wallpaper
Change the background wallpaper on your Home screen.
**This is a feature on a full version upgrade?
Send apps as gifts to your friends or family.
**how did I ever live without this
A built-in dictionary automatically suggests words and corrects spelling. It works in Mail, Notes, and other apps.
** did I miss something, I thought this was in V3?
Wireless keyboard support
Pair a keyboard based on Bluetooth wireless technology with your iPhone.
I know I sound negative on all of this, but my point is these are not new ideas or huge changes.
I think this cartoon sums it up very well http://imgur.com/q79oD Enjoy