Come the release of iPhone OS 4.0, the iPad may gain the ability to print. Per Daniel Eran Dilger, Apple has hinted at the prospect of printing being an included feature in iPhone OS 4.0 via support pages for iPad's Pages, Keynote, and Numbers apps each note that "printing directly from iPad is not currently available," rather than simply stating that the apps do not print.
For the time being, Apple is directing its users to send their documents to a desktop computer that can print them, either via email or using iPad's new file sharing feature in iTunes.
Apple has begun sending out invitations to members of the press, inviting them to attend a preview of iPhone OS 4.0. The event is set to go down in just three days, on April 8th at 10AM Pacific in Apple's Town Hall at their HQ in Cupertino.
Based on rumors from the past few months, iPhone OS 4.0 will likely include some form of multitasking, which the iPhone OS has been lacking for third-party applications. We've also heard rumors of big user interface changes, more multi-touch gestures, and a universal inbox.
You can check out an image of the invite below!
According to AppleInsider, iPhone OS 4.0 will finally include support for running multiple third party applications at the same time. The rumor suggests that by hitting the home button twice, users will see an Exposé-like interface displaying the icons of running apps, allowing the user to quickly switch to any of those apps.
Rumors are abound today suggesting that iPhone OS 4.0 will offer multitasking in the near future. AppleInsider quotes "people with a proven track record" as saying that we may see multitasking this summer. 9to5Mac is showing off comments found in the source code within the latest SDK. The information from AppleInsider reads like a guess, presented as fact. But if the screenshot from 9to5Mac is real, there is not only support for multitasking, but it even presents the method for displaying the multitasking dialog box.
We're just hours away from Apple's press event where we're expecting to see Apple unveil something incredible. Most signs point to a tablet, but we're also expecting them to unveil some new iPhone software. It's also possible that we'll see a Verizon announcement, and even iLife 2010.
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Boy Genius Report claims to have some details about iPhone OS 4.0 from "a guy." According to them, 4.0 will include multitasking support, a new user interface "to make navigating through the OS easier and more efficient," OS-wide multi-touch gestures, and "some brand new syncing ability for the contacts and calendar applications." Their source also notes that iPhone OS 4.0 will only be available for the iPhone 3G and 3GS, but it should "put them ahead in the smartphone market because it will make them more like full-fledged computers."
BGR doesn't say whether the new OS will be shown at the January 27th event, but we're assuming that we'll be seeing a preview then.
FOX News technology personality Clayton Morris claims to have word from reliable sources from within Apple that claim the media event next week will "likely" contain announcements of the rumored tablet, "iPhone 4", and iLife 2010. Unfortunately, he says new iPhone hardware won't be part of the announcements. The news follows a previous rumor that Apple has been working on a multitouch version of iWork, as well.
A prominent developer has revealed that they have already submitted an app for approval for the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0. Apple will be holding a media event at the end of this month, and we're pretty sure based on all the rumors that they'll be announcing some kind of tablet, as well as iPhone OS 4.0 to run on the device and iPhone 4.0 SDK to build apps to run on the new OS. If that's true, Apple could be giving developers a heads-up to get updates submitted ahead of the release of the new OS.
According to a recently released patent from the U.S. Patent Office, Apple finally thinks adding contacts to the home screen as icons is a good idea, as they have filed for a patent for doing that on touchscreen cell phones. That's pretty funny, because a certain developer also thought it was a good idea two years ago when he made SpringDial, an app that does exactly that very thing for jailbroken iPhones. Fortunately, the appearance of this patent is pretty solid evidence that it's going to happen in the next major update of iPhone OS that Apple releases.
The latest report from WSJ's Digital Daily claims that the Apple media event rumored for late this month is confirmed, and that it will include a pretty big announcement. Word has it that they will be hosting an event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on January 26th. Now they say it will be on the 27th instead. Meanwhile, a french Mac site says the event will also include a new iPhone SDK.