Apple's iOS 4 Explored

by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/22/2010 3:27 AM EST
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  • jigglywiggly - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    I haven't used my iphone 3g in a while. I have been using the Droid and HTC EVO 4g.

    These features have all been implemented better in Android anyway lawl.
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  • Rnair - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    I wonder why the other sites are not as objective! I understand IOS 4 and its pros and cons a bit better now :). Reply
  • medi01 - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    I could only imagine how "objective" other sites are.
    Anand's site doesn't dare to display iSomethings in a bad light. Check recent article on android devices,

    iphone is visible next to android phones, when it has advantage, but "incidentally dissapears" when it would look terrible (screen contrast).

    What a shame... :(
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  • deputc26 - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    Yeah i noticed the selective presence of the iphone in that android review as well. Reply
  • DLeRium - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    You mean Anandtech only knows phones that are sold in the US? The rest of the phones fail to receive coverage. We all know how biased and limited the US cell phone market is. It only glances at part of the industry and only reveals part of the entire market. There's much more out there. Thank goodness for the N900 review, but honestly, if you want to do smartphones, do it like other sites do. Cover EVERY phone. Reply
  • medi01 - Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - link

    No, being oriented to a particular market is ok for me.

    But showing iSomething when it has advantage (even when it is irrelevant), but "incidentally" hiding it (the author explained it like: "oh, it was probably in my pocket", that explains it, right?), when it sucks balls (contrast, for starters) is a shame.

    So it seems that we have Mr Jobbs corporation, that sells a fraction of Nokia's market share, but that enjoys free, positive or very positive but god forbid negative, coverage in press.

    I recall anand's site as rather objective (even though they seem to aggressively punch AMD quite a bit more than deserved recently, it was rather subtle, compared to what other sites do), so it's VERY frustrating, that it also bends to a Mr Apple's will.

    :(((
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  • Rnair - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    I agree that the smartphone is getting more and more complicated. Good for us teck geeks :).

    But, Is it time to get back to the roots and introduce a version that is more basic, anyone for an iphone mini (an ala kin) ?
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  • eirikma - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    ...then windows 95 is a cluster operating sytem. Even old versions of symbian does better than that.

    Any smart phone user who've tried using a computer knows that there are limits to how many thing you can do at once. When things stop working, you have to close down something. It is actually that simple - you don't have to "invent" absolutely everywhere.
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  • SkullOne - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    Yeah but this is Apple we're talking about. If they didn't invent or improve upon it then it sucks. ;) My Droid has never run out of memory with its multitasking and I have it doing quite a bit at times.

    Apple didn't do multitasking "the right way." They did it half-assed and claim that it's magically delicious.

    All I can say is it's about time iOS finally caught up to Android...oh wait they're still behind because Android 2.2 is upon us bringing JIT compiler and Flash 10.1.

    I'll keep my rooted, overclocked Droid with Froyo ROM thanks. Hope iPhone users enjoy iAds. AdMob in apps on my old iPhone 3G drove me insane, glad my Droid doesn't have that problem. It's nice actually having control over the hardware you pay for. ;)
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  • sigmatau - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    Multitasking is not at all what I expected and am very dissapointed. This is one feature I have been waiting for several months.

    I found the memory problem myself using Safari and multiple tabs. Some of the multiple tabs would dump whenever you scrolled through them, and then all of them would dump when you would switch to another app and back to Safari. I cleared out all the "multitasking" apps and opened up Safari again. I reloaded all tabs and they stayed fully loaded when I switched to a system monitor app to look at my memory.

    Before clearing out the "multitasking" apps I had 5mb of free RAM. After clearing out the "multitasking" apps, I had 125mb free. They really, really need to give you the option to chose what to multitask. Why do I need Phone, Settings, Contacts, Clock to go in the "multitasking" bar? It makes no sense. Apple is 1 year behind others in implementing multitask and it surely is not as good as the competition.

    I wont even go into being pissed that they haven't fixed the basic phone alert functions and other simple things you could do with most other free phones never mind smart phones.
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  • iamafish - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    Multitasking means running many tasks at once, not saving them and coming back to them later... The switching is fairly poor as well, nothing as seamless as Palm, personally I like how Nokia have done it on the N900/Maemo, tap the top corner and get a grid of previews, tap the preview to switch, 2 clicks and switched - on a properly multitasking OS.

    Looks to me like Apple are in danger of repeating past mistakes and getting complacent, Android is improving very rapidly, and if MeeGo can build on Maemo then it's going to be good, HPs money behind WebOS can't be forgotten and Symbian is a long way from dead and has a very mature base to build on.
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  • medi01 - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    Symbian simply "long way from dead"? Last time I checked, it had 40% of the market.

    But it was worldwide, not US, mind you.
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  • solipsism - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    Looks to me like you didn't read carefully. The multitasking APIs offer true multitasking, if the developer chooses, at a fraction of the cost from running each app fully in the background. The saved state is an option, but it's not the only option as detailed in this article and elsewhere.

    If I am running 5 apps, for example, that need to get my location constantly or periodically I don't need those 5 separate apps all running in the background pulling cellular and GPS data as well as everything else they need. I only need the single geolocation API to be tied to those apps and be running. One process to rule them all. How can you not see that as a benefit?
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  • sigmatau - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    And what is the benefit of having Phone, Settings, Clock, etc taking up memory in the "multitask" bar? Now my phone's memory is constantly full with apps that surely don't need to be multitasked and everytime I need to load an app, another has to be unloaded first since I only have 5mb of memory free.

    Apple really should allow the user to chose what apps to multitask when they want them to multitask. Simply holding down the home key instead of clicking it once would do it. But we are talking about Apple and they apparently know best....
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  • solipsism - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    Ugh... That isn't a "multitask bar" it's a "fast app switcher bar".

    The apps in there aren't necessarily taking up any RAM, they are just the last apps you have used recently, in order. If you restart your iPhone and then double0tap the Home button they will all show up in the list.

    The reason for this is so you don't keep losing track of the complexity of folders. You can always easily go back to the most recent apps you have used regardless of where you are in the system or what app you are using.
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  • sigmatau - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    See my post above. They do take memory. Not sure where you getting that they aren't taking memory. Basicaly after using the phone for an hour or so, anyone will have only 5mb of free RAM. I usualy have around 100mb free before OS4.

    Also the "fast app switcher bar" is not fast at all when you get to scroll 4 icons at a time to get to the app you want. And when the phone has to ALWAYS dump one app from memory to load a new one, this is NOT faster but slower. Not only that, but this screws with Safari and multiple tabs.

    By Apple not giving us a choice on what to multitask, they tried to make the experience easy for every, they screwed many of the functions of the phone. You do not need Phone, Clock, Settings, etc. to go the that bar. It makes no sense.
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  • DLeRium - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    Proper push notifications make it UNNECESSARY for full blown multitasking.

    As an Android user I Wish I had push notifications so I can leave my IM app on without fear of it KILLING my battery.

    Apple has already addressed the cases where you DO need an app to be running:

    1) Music/Voice
    2) GPS
    3) Downloads
    4) Go to completion

    The others can be accomplished by saved states/push notifications/completion. The fact is you can't interact with simultaneous apps anyway... on any OS. WebOS just has that flick thing to look "cool" but do you really need to run 8 apps at a time? Unless you can cascade your windows and use it well on a 3.5" screen it's overrated.

    I am a Symbian S60 user who has experienced full multitasking since the beginning of time. I moved down to Android which is a downgrade in that sense, and the iPhone could be a bigger downgrade. However, I actually DO want push notifications and many of the battery saving features of the iPhone.

    You can complain about how this is a walled garden and how in principle Apple is evil for restricting you, but they actually got things right this time. For the end user it makes NO DIFFERENCE if you have full blown multitasking or not. Maybe you like how most Android devices barely get by 1 day of charge...
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  • solipsism - Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - link

    So you're going on record claiming that when if you restart your iPhone, iOS will automatically load every single app in the Fast App Switching bar into RAM upon restarting. Good luck with that one! :\ Reply
  • SunSamurai - Friday, June 25, 2010 - link

    This is a PHONE. Do you WANT the battery to last 30 min per charge? All the modern phones are doing it similer to this. Yes even droid. They get very minimal to NO CPU power in the background.

    This is a GOOD thing people. And to you people bitching about ads, get OVER IT. You want free apps on your droid/iphone/etc? You will get ads.
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  • eloquentloser - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    "I agree that the smartphone is getting more and more complicated. Good for us teck geeks :)."

    Can someone explain this new folders invention to me - it sounds terribly counter-intuitive. ;-)
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  • Sazar - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    Folders reduces clutter and reduces the number of swipes/pages you need to navigate to :)

    Essentially, I went from 6 pages of apps to 1, when I put everything into folders, labelled correctly. It takes a little getting used to and it is definitely a little different, but reducing clutter == props from me.
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  • Nehemoth - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    In the calendar I do not understand why apple (or any other big player in the smartphone area) don't allow calendar information to be added.

    For example, I live in Dominican Republic, we have a lot of not-working days in the year, so would be amazing if we can find a way in which we tell to the apple calendar which are those days, more amazing even would be if for example we have the option so those days the alarm doesn't sound as is expected the normal days.
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  • wittaker25 - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    Just use google sync to get google calendar on your phone. You can mark off-days through google calendar. Works with my ipod touch. Reply
  • mathias_mm - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    You can probably find a feed somewhere on the net that has those in it - i know it exists for Denmark, which is all i need.
    I have no idea if this calendar is any good (I searched for dominican republic holidays ical feed on Google):
    webcal://ical.mac.com/horacio.vicioso/Efemerides%20Rep%C3%BAblica%20Dominicana.ics
    So, you take that link and paste it into your phone. This has to be done in a weird spot, i think it's inside the mail art of settings where you tap add account, and you can then choose calendar. Then the phone will add all the dates from that feed into the calendar app. Any changes done in the feed will also be updated on your end.
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  • ltcommanderdata - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    You forgot to mention when listing supported devices that iOS 4 is available for 2nd and 3rd gen iPod Touch as well. What's more, it's free. As an iPod Touch owner this is one of the most important aspects of iOS 4. Device fragmentation may be getting worse with the introduction of the iPad and now iPhone 4, but at least OS fragmentation is being addressed.

    Hopefully, you'll be able to run some performance comparisons between iOS 3.1.3 on the iPhone 3GS and quite important for those users, iPhone 3G.
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  • dumpsterj - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    why wont they bring this stuff to verizon ? im using an almost 2 year old samsung omnia. Im waiting out to see what windows phone 7 brings to the table (im a zune guy). I would seriously consider switching to the ipod/iphone ecosystem if they would bring it to verizon. However , after spending time with a friend who had att , his phone cut out all the damn time while my old omnia and vzw had no problem. Ill never use ATT Reply
  • CiNcH - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    I don't really get the test with multitasking and the conclusions that were made concerning battery life. If you are doing two expensive tasks at the same time, it will of course drain the battery. With Pandora running in the background, you get about a fifth less of time for web browsing (either 3G or WiFi). Isn't that reasonable? I mean someone has to decode audio.. and according to the specs, the iPhone can do so for about 40 hours and not an infinite amount of time. Reply
  • vol7ron - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    "...when you return to the home screen you’ll actually end up in the last folder you were in. Hit the home button a second time to actually get to the home screen. I suspect this is a bug that Apple will fix however."

    I have not upgraded yet, but I could see this as a good thing, rather than a bug. With a JB iOS, there is an app called Categories, that provides the folder functionality. It performs how you would like: you go to an app, when you hit the home button, it takes you back home, not back to the folder.

    I'm not a fan of that. One of my folders is "websites" or "print," which house apps from websites (eBay, Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook, etc) or journal apps (Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, RSS Reader, TechCrunch, etc), respectively. If I'm getting my daily reading in, it's annoying to have to keep re-opening the folder. The same would be true if you're in a mood to play games. I'd be more likely to go from game to game.

    I could also see this feature having benefits. If you put all your primary apps in a folder, then essentially you could create a home screen folder, thereby negating the need to go to the actual home screen. What I hope to happen is that the Springboard will be filled with folders, instead of apps. I may also hope to put folders inside of folders.

    vol7ron
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  • solipsism - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    I'm with you. I can see Anand and/or Brian's point on the matter as a personal preference, but the best method is to have a folder remain open until the user chooses to close it.

    If you need to get out of the folder quickly just hit the Home button again or hit anywhere outside the folder, but if you need to get back to the folder constantly it can be annoying to flip pages, open the folder and then click another app.
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  • Sazar - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    Yah, I see their point but I have had no problems navigating in folders right now.

    I can still get back to the home-page, with an extra click, but it sure as heck beats the swiping from side to side to get to what I wanted before.

    Still getting used to it.
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  • rallstarz - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    Forgive me for peeking at your email Anand, but I'd be excited about a fro-yo review on anandtech.... maybe fro-yo making machines, fro-yo flash freezers, fro-yo dispensers... Reply
  • Stuka87 - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    Over all I like the upgrade. My phone feels more snapping in several areas (3GS). However, I have two big issues.

    1: In Mail, I want a "Mark All Read" option. I tgets *SO* old having to go through 30-40 emails because I read them on another device. Not an issue with my Exchange mail, but is a major issue with my POP3 mail.

    2: I wish I could exclude some apps from multi tasking. Because now I find myself running 4-5 apps at the same time. And most of them are apps that don't need two. Like weather, or calculator. I would love it if I could say "Dont ever multi-task this app". The same could be applied to some games.
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  • metafor - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    "We still need faster SoCs and more power efficient platforms to make multitasking work on smartphones. I say faster SoCs because one of the best ways to improve power efficiency is to complete tasks quicker so that the CPU can return to an idle state.

    Because current smartphone SoCs don’t have the level of performance needed to quickly execute a ton of extra instructions and get back to sleep, smartphone OSes have to keep background tasks to a minimum. For the most part you don’t have to worry about what applications you have open on your notebook, your CPU is efficient enough and you have enough battery power to churn through any instructions idle apps may be throwing at it. We’re not quite there yet in smartphones."

    I'm afraid this isn't true. The only difference between a netbook processor and a smartphone processor is that the former is running off of a relatively honking battery. Having the CPU "finish the task faster" is absolutely not a power advantage.

    Let's break down the 2 main areas of power usage for a CPU:
    1. Leakage. Here, you can make the argument that if a CPU is active longer, it suffers more total energy that is leaked between VDD and GND. However, this is almost entirely offset and in most cases overshadowed by the fact that a faster CPU (running either at a higher frequency, has more parallel execution resources, or runs on faster transistors) will always be significantly leakier than their slower counterparts. Leakage increases with the square of voltage and as everyone will tell you, when a CPU ramps up in frequency, it will scale up its voltage.

    2. Dynamic current. This only gets worse at faster frequencies. Whether you're charging/discharging 500 million times a second (500MHz) or 1 billion times a second (1GHz), the same tasks requires the same number of charges/discharges whether it happens in 1 second or 2 seconds. The same amount of energy to perform the work is used. However, as mentioned before, to make a chip run faster, you'll have to also up the voltage and/or use leakier (but faster) transistors.

    In fact, the argument for dual-core being more power efficient is that in the case where 2 cores running at 500MHz doing the same amount of work (assuming you're running, say, 2 tasks that would otherwise be context switched in the same CPU) as 1 core at 1 GHz, the 2-core solution would draw less power since a core running at 500MHz uses less than half the power of a 1GHz core.

    You are absolutely right in that the limitations of multitasking has to due with power efficient CPU's and it is a compelling argument for multi-core cell phone SoC's and perhaps even heterogeneous multi-core SoC's. Luckily, we'll be seeing those soon enough in the next year or so.
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  • Matt Campbell - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    Angry Birds is a great game - but why do you have both the Lite and Full version installed in the screen shot? :)

    So far, my biggest likes of iOS4 are the responsiveness (3GS definitely feels faster) and the email threads, which really help on my Exchange account. I read a lot of eBooks on Stanza and will probably stick with that for the short term.
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  • SunSamurai - Friday, June 25, 2010 - link

    Because he tried it before he buyed it? ;) Reply
  • Polizei - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    I love that Anand is bumpin the 50 cent during his Iphone interview. Funny choice :D Reply
  • synaesthetic - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    Anyone know if these ads show up on the iPod touch 3G upgraded to iOS 4?

    If so I probably won't buy a Touch...

    I don't understand why *anyone* would prefer ads to paying more for software. Seriously, it's not worth it to me. TV commercials are bad enough.
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  • SunSamurai - Friday, June 25, 2010 - link

    You dont understand why people dont want to spend money when they dont have to? Reply
  • jasperjones - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    tbh, I somewhat doubt it... Reply
  • jay401 - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    iAds will probably be enough to keep me from getting the new iPhone to replace my current cell phone. i just don't trust Apple with that sort of power over my user experience.

    i dont want ads interrupting and distracting me from my task. i want to get my chosen task done efficiently and quickly.

    "If it wanted to Apple could even sell ads in books."

    Yes, if Apple wanted customers to drive to Cupertino to punch the iAds team directly in the face.
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  • SunSamurai - Friday, June 25, 2010 - link

    Get over it. Its either ads or no free apps. Reply
  • robco - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    AdMob isn't blocked from the iPhone, nor does Apple have a monopoly. Since AdMob is owned by Google, a major competitor with Android, there are some analytics Apple won't allow AdMob to access. If you think about it, this makes perfect sense, why give a competitor access to information on potential customers (who are presently your customers)? Developers can still use AdMob if they wish, they just won't get as much data.

    So far I haven't had many issues. I think we're still waiting for developers to catch up to the new OS. But it works like a charm on my 3GS. Folders is a little clunky, but I'm happy not to have to swipe across multiple home screens to access apps. As for the iPhone 4, the only real compelling feature for me is the new camera with flash. Since I have a 3GS, I'd have to pay through the nose to "upgrade" and I won't do that until LTE is rolled out and the iPhone supports it. Oh, and it's available on a network that isn't AT&T.

    Android is looking good, but Google does a horrible job with UI. I know they have UI designers working there, but it appears nobody at Google listens to them. Stock Android looks like Windows 3.1.
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  • anandtech02148 - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    iAds sounds yuck, i'll keep my 3GS and the old os3xxx. another reason why iphone 3gs is so popular because it has a pirate community, reminder to the pc system where you where you have a vibrant thriving hacking community for warez, gamez,. apzz., Google Droid can go to hell, a billion dollars in marketing from verizon won't save you.. Look at Google trying to get back into China. what will hapen to Symbian ^3? nokia N8 looks appealing from hardware standpoint..but their software really needs refresing idea like Palm OS. Intel and Nokia are great hardware companies but software they really need a saviour. Reply
  • haplo602 - Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - link

    wow, so Apple is finaly introducing basic features into it's sofware ... how suprising and inovative ...

    seriously ... I gave up in the middle of the article. there's nothing interesting in it. just the shock at people thanking Apple for providing basic features (ipod playlists FINALY editable, now that's groundbreaking).

    my age old HTC Herald can do all these things already a few years. Sure the HW is old and slow, but the functionality is still there.
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    That a customer (and tech reviewer) can (blindly?) trust a company that is worth over half a trillion USD to look out for him is astonishingly naive, stupid, or malicious, possibly all 3 and even more.
    A company that has a proven record of shady decisions (we will ban this app, oh wait, it gets media attention, let's actually allow it!), shady handling of the press (accidental leaks, rumors, investigations), shady handling of its competition (violating patents, very closed system) should have the end users best interest at heart? Are you insane?
    After reading this and the Froyo article, I have deleted my AT bookmark and will refrain from coming here in the future.
    Good bye
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