UK iPhone 3G S owners will be able to use multiple apps simultaneously from June 21st, Apple confirmed last night at the World Wide Developers Conference.
Improved multi-tasking is coming to the current-generation iPhone with the arrival of the latest version of Apple’s operating system, which will be free to download.
Previously dubbed iPhone OS, the software was officially renamed iOS4 yesterday at Apple’s annual press event and contains 100 new and upgraded features.
These include easier file and advertising management as well as support for wireless keyboards.
Users will also benefit from the option to organise applications into folders using drag and drop and a simplified, more intuitive mail system whereby a single inbox is utilised for all accounts.
Furthermore, in keeping with Apple’s e-book push, the new OS brings its iBooks e-book download store to the iPhone, enabling users to buy and browse titles in much the same way as iTunes does for music.
Further software announcements made at the expo included the imminent arrival of a new paid-for Apple app dubbed iMovie, which will retail for $4.99 (about £3.50).
This offers improved video editing capabilities, with the addition of 1,500 new features. Among these is the option to add effects and music from iTunes and the ability to edit 720p HD footage.
Just weeks after iOS4 launches, Apple is unveiling the iAd mobile advertising network. Landing on July 1st, the platform enables smartphone users to browse advertisements without quitting applications.
According to Apple, iAd offers advertisers a “powerful new say to bring motion and emotion to mobile users” and will team "emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of internet advertising”.