Today, Apple announced firmware 4.0. The new firmware contains 100 new user features. Some of these new features include; the ability to create playlists, 5x digital zoom, tap to focus on video, gift apps, geotagging, places in the photo app, change the homescreen wallpaper, bluetooth keyboards, spell checker… etc. If those were not cool enough, the seven major new features include; multitasking, folders, enhanced mail, iBooks, enterprise, Game Center, and iAd (read more about those HERE).
For those of you who are developers, 4.0 also includes “over 1500 new APIs in OS 4. Devs can access the calendar, photo library, quicklook…” as well as a new framework called Accelerate which is said to be “hardware accelerated math functions.”
The firmware is scheduled to be released for the iPhone and iPod touch this summer. It will be released for the iPad this fall. A dev preview is being released today.
iPhone 3GS and 2nd gen iPod touch owners will be able to utilize every aspect of the new 4.0 firmware however, iPhone 3G and 2nd gen iPod touch owners will be restricted. They will not be able run things like multitasking… etc.