7 Most Useful New Features of the New iPhone 4

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The world’s greatest gadget is getting a major upgrade. iPhone 4 has a better display, a better camera, and tons of new goodies. The new iPhone OS update, the renamed iOS 4, will be one of the biggest improvements the iPhone has seen in a long time.

The new OS is optimized for the brand new display technology for the best smartphone, and features many new tricks to perk up your old iPhone if you aren’t ready to get the newest model. You can see Apple’s press for it at http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/, but here’s a breakdown of its coolest features.

1. Multitasking

The biggest innovation in the new OS is multitasking. This may sound small, but this feature decidedly improves everything about how you use your iPhone. Instead of having to close down everything you’re doing every time you want to switch to a different task you can keep multiple apps running and switch between them.

The biggest concern most users had about multitasking is that it could potentially eat your battery and slow the phone down. While select services like music and GPS are the biggest consumers of iPhone power, they’ve been streamlined for maximum efficiency, and the other methods of keeping apps frozen in the background means that the iPhone 4‘s multitasking is the best possible implementation for efficiency, computing power, and battery life.

2. App Switching

Some apps run in the background while you do more interesting stuff. You don’t really want to watch your phone upload 10 photos to Facebook when you could be texting, right? For other apps, like memos, recipes, and other reference apps, you can freeze an app in place and let it sit in the background without draining your battery or slowing down your phone.

3. More Camera Improvements

The iPhone 4 features a high-definition 5-megapixel camera with a built-in LED flash. The flash automatically fires when needed, as Apple continually works hard to take all the guesswork out of using the phone and making it as easy and natural as ever to take a photo of anything, any where, any time.

4. HD Video Recording and Editing

The brand new 5-megapixel camera is able to record and edit HD video, and a $4.99 app for movie making will be available at launch. The built-in LED light helps adjust the contrast for varying light environments, and a simple tap on the screen refocuses the video to emphasize whatever object is in the region you tap. It couldn’t be simpler.

5. Cameras on Back and Front

While the 5-megapixel back camera is there for top-quality image and video creation, the front-side camera makes it easier than ever to take photos and videos of yourself without having to guess whether the phone is in the right place. Plus, all of these images can easily be shared via text, email, or upload directly from the phone.

6. App Folders

Easy, intuitive organization of your apps into groups is no longer exclusive to jailbreakers. You can now organize your apps the way you want them for faster, easier access.

7. Enhanced Mail

The iPhone 4 makes it easier to use multiple accounts. Your inbox can be unified, you can have multiple Exchange accounts, track email threads instead of individual messages, and navigate your inbox more easily than ever thanks to improved search features and more robust attachment support.

These are just the highlights. For more information on the thousands of new features, visit Apple’s website.


Vishal Gaikar

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