iPhone OS 4.0 Official Release Date, Features and iPhone Multitasking

It’s official… iPhone users will finally be granted the long awaited feature of multitasking. This has got to be the single most requested item and the single item that keeps most BlackBerry users from switching to the “all powerful” iPhone. The thing that sucks about the OS 4.0 update is that 3G users will not be fully supported – OS 4.0 will install, but features such as multitasking will not work. There was no mention of the 1st generation iPhone (2G) which may not be supported at all – still waiting on word from Apple.

Here are some of the other features of the iPhone firmware 4.0 update:

  • Multitasking / Background Apps
  • iAd
  • iBooks
  • Unified Inbox
  • New Drag & Drop UI

Will the summer release date of the iPhone OS 4.0 make you wait to jailbreak your iPhone if you haven’t jailbroken it yet? Which new iPhone OS 4.0 features are you most excited about.

And finally, the thing you all want to know about is the official release date of the iPhone 4.0 OS… I don’t have the official date, but I’ve always been a good predictor, I’m going Tuesday, June 8th as the official date. Just a guess, Apple will have to prove me wrong.

Scheduling Push Alerts on the iPhone – Block Push Notifications After Hours

As a smartphone, the iPhone has a ton of features and benefits that many other phones and smartphones simply do not have. One feature that was long awaited however was the ability for the iPhone to receive Push Notifications, like the Blackberry. Let’s face it, this was one of the main reasons that the Blackberry became so popular in the first place was it’s ability to send and receive email right now, as it happened.

Not too long ago, Apple released the ability for the iPhone to receive Push Notifications which was a huge success. I immediately adopted the Push Notifications by setting up my personal Gmail account to sync my Contacts and Calendars, however, I did not setup push email and here’s the reason why. If your primary email account is anything like mine, you probably get email messages at all times of the day and night. I happen to use my iPhone as my alarm clock, so I was not willing to have my sleep interrupted everytime I received an email. So here is my solution, or my request for Apple to implement in one of the future versions of the iPhone firmware. I’d like to see Push Alert Scheduling, or the ability to setup a schedule of when Push Notifications are active, and when they should be suppressed. For instance, it’d be great to be able to set a schedule that allowed me to receive Push Notifications between the hours of 8am and 11pm. To take it one step further, it’d be nice if that could be between the hours of 7am and 11pm on weekdays, and between the hours of 9am and 8pm on weekends. I don’t think that this would be a difficult feature for Apple to implement, and I definitely think that it’d be a useful feature, and another way to help Apple and the iPhone set themselves further apart from the crowd.

Jailbreaking/Unlocking iPhone 3G OS 3.0 – I Now See the Light

As long as I’ve had an iPhone, I had never really seen the need to jailbreak it. Recently, I purchased the new iPhone 3GS and I have very new iPhone 3G that I had just gotten for Christmas. I know that the iPhone 3G is now selling for $99, so I looked on eBay and found that Jailbroken/Unlocked iPhone 3G’s are selling for $200-$300, sometimes up to $350. Not wanting to miss an opportunity to make a little bit of extra cheddar, I quickly downloaded Quickpwn (on my Mac) and let the jailbreaking commence. The entire process was extremely simple, Quickpwn takes all of the guesswork our of jailbreaking/unlocking your iPhone.

I now have an unlocked iPhone 3G, and I will probably be unlocking my new iPhone 3GS very soon. Does anybody have any reason not to unlock/jailbreak the new iPhone 3GS (other than the fact that it voids the Apple warranty)?

I’d love to hear your opinion in the comments!