We were off by a day, but thank the almighty powers that be, iPhone OS 4.0 SDK will be announced this Thursday. Many news outlets are reporting invites to the event, which will be held on Apple’s Cupertino campus. It’s not too often that Apple holds an event on a Thursday, but at this point, we don’t care. We’ve commented that Apple needed to announce an SDK if we were really going to see something new come out this summer. Lo’ and behold, it’s this week.
Some are complaining that it’s too soon after the iPad launch. We find that laughable. If anything, customers are going to be happy that there will be more functionality on their brand new devices. The biggest rumor surrounding the new OS is multitasking. We honestly are among the few that don’t really miss it, but we’re sure that the added capability will become something we can’t live without. Many iPhone users have been begging for multitasking ever since iPhone OS 2.0 came out with third-party application support.
We may also see advanced MultiTouch gesturing that will allow for an “exposé-like” experience on the Mac. We’re hoping that Apple goes one step further and allows a dashboard to live in the background that can hide our simple one-task applications like Stocks or Weather. In return, we’d have more room for productivity or gaming apps on our home screens. There have been a few rumors that we’ll see a complete re-write of the user interface… but we’re pretty skeptical and wouldn’t expect it.
The last rumor we’ve heard surrounds the built-in Mail application on the iPhone and now the iPad. It’s never had a unified inbox like its desktop cohort. Developing a unified inbox for the iPhone could be a challenge, but the screen size on the iPad would make it ridiculously easy. We’re glad to hear that a unified inbox is likely coming with iPhone OS 4.0. This software update could make the iPhone and the iPad the devices we were hoping for from the beginning… minus the Flash content.