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January 20, 2010

Another Apple Rumor - iPhone OS 4.0 To Be Released?

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Rumors and mis-information are flying thick and fast over Apple's (News - Alert) 'special event' on the 27th in San Francisco regarding whether they'll introduce Tablet and if so - for how much. A Republican winning Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat in Massachusetts, what do we need around here... I know, another Apple rumor!

Fox News's Clayton Morris has reported

There you go. The inside scoop or more of Apple's legendary misdirection?

As Morris points out, last September, Apple shocked people by 'suddenly removing the camera from latest generation iPod Touch just before the Fall iPod event.

As a result, the big stories from the September keynote were Steve Jobs (News - Alert) back on stage after liver surgery and a Nano with a camera - not a powerful new Touch.'

Might we be in for some more pyrotechnics along those lines this year?

Industry observer Jason Ankeny writes

The speculative site also has heard of 'a few new ways' to run applications in the background - multitasking, as well as 'many graphical and UI changes to make navigating through the OS easier and more efficient. We haven't had this broken down, but we can only hope for improved notifications, a refreshed homescreen, etc.'

Ankeny also says some developers have already gotten their hands on a new iPhone (News - Alert) 4.0 SDK beta including a simulator that promises to simplify adapting iPhone applications to different screen resolutions.

, 'the Apple tablet and the role the iPhone (News - Alert) OS will play on the device have been the subject of months of speculation.'

Speculation was kicked into another gear late last year when Silicon Alley Insider's sources told them, 'Apple has been telling some app makers to prepare apps for a demo next month... They've told select developers that as long as they build their apps to support full screen resolution -- rather than a fixed 320x480 -- their apps should run just fine.'

And for the experts on Apple rumors, let's turn to MacRumors: 'There will be multi-touch gestures OS-wide. Would make sense for, that as the rumored OS for the iTablet is close if not the same as the iPhone.' that he spoke to a source at Apple who told him the event 'would likely focus on three projects: “The tablet device, iPhone 4, and a new round of iLife 2010 software. While we won't see new iPhone hardware just yet, we will see the next-generation software.'

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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