Wednesday, June 23, 2010

iOS4

More than 24 hours later, I am enjoying my new iPod Touch more and more. Nope, I didn't get a new one - I upgraded its OS to iOS4 and my iPod feels brand spanking new!

I upgraded the OS yesterday before my trip to New York so I wasn't able to enjoy the new OS much yesterday. But during my hour-long train ride to the Big Apple, I was able to put my apps inside folders and changed my wallpapers - yes, there is an "s" there, one for the lock screen and one for the desktop. Now, playing with my iPod, it seems as if my iPod is faster than before it had the new OS. Mail is now much better with the new, unified mailbox; I was also able to add another Microsoft Exchange email.


I now have only two pages of Apps - one is the default apps that I access most of the time, the others are located inside folders which are, in turn, on the second page. I am a happy camper... :) By the way, you can only put a maximum of 12 apps inside each folder. Also, only 9 of the 12 are shown, as you can see below.







When you tap a folder, all the other apps, or folders, fade out and only the folder and its contents are clearly visible. (It's this attention to detail that made me really fall in love with Apple. How come others did not think of showing what is visible inside folders? Why show only generic pictures for all the folder that you have on your desktop?) This is Apple's Quick Look, I believe, for the iPhone.


iBooks was also updated from an iPad only app to a universal app so now I'll be able to read books from my iPod, though the Kindle app is still my primary mode of reading in the iPod Touch. This is because I am primarily reading from the Kindle itself. Now I am eagerly awaiting the Netflix app to land on my iPod Touch.

And then, of course, there's one of the most anticipated feature of the new OS - multitasking. So far, I was able to run 8 apps and I did not notice any slow downs with my iPod. Push the home button twice and you will be able to view all the apps you are running. The apps will become transparent and the running apps will be the ones that are in normal view. You can swipe left and right to view the other running apps and the left most set consists of iTunes controls.


If you want to kill a running app, just tap and hold any running app and a minus sign will appear. Tapping on the minus sign will kill the app.


One thing I noticed though is that there is no way, no old fashioned way to kill an app like from the old OS. That is, if I don't want an app to run in the background, there is no way to kill that right away. You will have to kill the app the new way. It may be a little thing but I wish there's a way to do it the old fashioned way.

For now, I will put my iPod more through its paces. I would have to observe if the battery life of my new iPod will be reduced by the multitasking apps or whether it won't be that great an effect, though I do noticed that it has been the fastest drain from 20% to zero after I have upgraded the OS. 

But as of now, I'm definitely enjoying the new OS and I hope to discover a lot more features.

Oh wait, I forgot to mention the best feature - the new OS is free! :)

-- Text written in my iPod Touch

3 comments:

  1. Wow, nice screen shots of your Touch. I also have iBooks, how can I access iBookStore though, I can't see it in the iTunes Store? I was able to sync a PDF file and view it on iBooks. Unfortunately, I only made it once and it always crashes afterward.

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  2. When you enter iBooks, you have two buttons at the top of the shelf, right? To the left is "Edit" while to the right is "Store". Just click on the "Store" button to enter the iBookstore. Though, I don't know if the iBookstore is already available in the Philippines. Check that out first. :)

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  3. Yeah, I just realized that you can only download the books thru the iBooks app and connected by WiFi. I thought I can get some in iTunes Store too. :) Anyway, if it's not available here yet, I'll just try some of the epub formats. I've already added the iPad manual from Macworld. Text are still very readable, I thought I'll have difficulty reading.

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