iPhone 4.0 Firmware Rumors

Firmware There are a lot of rumors flying with almost a week until the upcoming Apple event where the tablet is supposed to make it’s appearance. Many think that the iPhone firmware and the tablet firmware are very similar and to keep things secret about the tablet, Apple hasn’t updated the iPhone firmware lately. Some say features of the new tablet will trickle back to the iPhone. Here are some of the rumors of the new iPhone 4.0 firmware via Boy:

There will be multi-touch gestures OS-wide. (Would make sense for that as the rumored OS for the iTablet is close if not the same as the iPhone)

“A few new ways” to run applications in the background — multitasking.

Many graphical and UI changes to make navigating through the OS easier and more efficient. We haven’t had this broken down, but we can only hope for improved notifications, a refreshed homescreen, etc.

The update will supposedly be available for only the iPhone 3G and 3GS, but will “put them ahead in the smartphone market because it will make them more like full-fledged computers” more than any other phone to date. Everyone is “really excited.”

The last piece of information is the most vague, but apparently there will be some brand new syncing ability for the contacts and calendar applications.

The event is scheduled for January 27th, next Wednesday, so we’ll find out more then.

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  1. Wow! I can’t wait!

  2. but how long will we have to wait for the jailbreak?

  3. I always like the buzz that surrounds an Apple announcement. It would make sense that if the Tablet and Iphone are similar in terms of OS and capabilities, then they would keep any updates to OS under wraps till the Tablet was officially announced.

  4. I hope the changes in 4.0 will allow me to not need jailbreaking! :)

    • The random poster says

      Agreed. All I want is the functionality of SBsettings and the removal of the 10mb 3G download restrictions.

    • There’s no way that a firmware update will replace the need to jailbreak your iDevice. Apple won’t be doing anything other than allowing apps to run in the background, but those of us who jailbreak can already do that and so much more that still won’t be allowed by Apple/at&t.

    • Jailbreaking has alot to offer. I would compromise though to have a more solid system.

  5. Jose Perez says

    So… would you buy an apple tablet if it didn’t support flash?
    I would think it would be really dumb on apples part to not make it flash compatible… so do you think flash would see its way onto the iphone 4.0 software… hmmm

  6. I don’t know if 4.0 will warrant me to want to upgrade to it. My 3GS as it stands is already like a full “fledged computer” jailbroken with all the bells and whistles that Apple/AT&T doesn’t allow. From notifications on my home screen in any app thanks to Grip Growl, from notifications in my status bar thanks to Reminder, the ease of use of SBSettings making it easier to maneuver my phone without having to open settings app and open this and that screen and this and that menu. Safari Download Manager to allow me to actually download off the internet directly to my phone, iFile file system access and all its features are amazing! Lockscreen mods, Iconoclasm icon management, backgrounding apps like Backgrounder itself coupled with ProSwitcher or Multifl0w OR Kirikae (take your pick). 3G Unrestrictor, iProtect (a godsend for keeping snoops out of your phone) and I can’t believe Apple doesn’t pick up the slack with password management other than the lockscreen passcode.

    I could go on and on and on. There are SO MANY benefits (at least for me) to jailbreaking. Apple seems to actually be behind the times and the hackers are millions of years ahead. The PALM Pre, Moto Droid and now Nexus One all put iPhone to shame in many departments. However, I still feel as far as quality Apple makes a better product. And I’m not just saying that. But I do appreciate being able to make my iPhone more MY PHONE! And less Apple’s and AT&T’s restricted phone. The iPhone was meant to be the beast that mine is lol.

    But I feel so far (and this is without even knowing precisely what 4.0 has to offer) that 4.0 won’t be worth it on the outset. Once it’s jailbroken and there’s time for the jailbreaking community to catch up with the newer version I will see if it’s worth it for me. Right now DEFINITELY NOT! ;)

    • Sidenote: ty for posting this, I’ve been using kirikae because multiflo costs money, didn’t know ProSwitcher existedtillni readnu post.

      P.S. To appleiphoneschool.com: why don’t you guys cover cool jailbroken app releases like this? I remember your article on multiflo, but ProSwitcher seems noteworthy to me. It seems the number of app reviews, or articles in general have been trickling in slower than they used to. No harm intended, I enjoy reading your articles, so we need more!!! :-)

    • Sorry about the typo’s “until I read this post” is what i was getting at. I guess it’s obvious that I typed this on my iPhone ;-)

    • I’m surprised you didn’t know about ProSwitcher. It’s a great little backgrounder tool. It was meant to mimick the PALM Pre’s interface of card switching/multitasking. I’ve been using a long time. It too is free and it’s a great tool. I was an exclusive Kirikae user before I switched to ProSwitcher.

    • @Joe – ProSwitcher does rock and I have it! I will get a review of it out. Cydia has slowed down some but so have we. I’ll try to get back to covering more from Cydia.