Well now, this is strange! Just a few short days after Apple
their very first tablet, word is trickling out that iPhone OS 4.0 (the
next major iteration in the software platform) will be revealed to the
public on April 8th. That's Thursday. This Thursday.
What's odd about this announcement is just how close it is to the iPad
shipping. After moving over 300,000 of the tablets on opening day,
Apple is now teasing the next operating system, one that is sure to
work on both iPhones and iPads (and iPod touches, if we had to guess).
Apple critics have long since panned the company for not enabling
, but it's widely assumed that iPhone OS 4.0 will
have that as its standout feature.
Currently, the iPod touch and iPhone sit at iPhone OS 3.1, while the
iPad ships with iPhone OS 3.2. There's no indication of when Apple will
release this new build to the public or to developers, but the timing
here indicates that they would like it out sooner rather than later.
This will also give iPad users the ability to really stress-test the
new system before it (presumably) ships in a next generation iPhone this summer
All of this is just pure speculation for now, but a lot of makes sense.
Except for the timing. Wouldn't Apple have been better off waiting to
release the iPad with OS 4.0 + multi-tasking? Or maybe they know
something we don't...