It’s rumored that Apple’s iPhone will get OS 4.0 tomorrow and there are a lot of rumors flying around about what it may include. It’s sort of funny to break down the feature set, as you immediately realize how far ahead BlackBerry is in terms of smartphone capabilities. Just so you know, the Apple even takes place tomorrow at 10AM PDT if you’d like to tune in.
Here are some rumored features with OS 4:
- Multitasking: I’m running 3 third party apps as I write this. It would be cool to see an Exposé-style multitask screen, but I would be surprised if you can’t develop an app for BlackBerry that mimics this feature.
- Homescreen Contacts: Apple might be implementing something like Iconify.
- Advertising Service iAd: This will be a mobile advertising service that sounds a lot like the advertising APIs already announced by RIM. These were supposed to be launched right around now, but at least we know they’re coming.
- Bluetooth/WiFi Printing Feature: Cortado already has a great cloud print service for BlackBerry.
- Global Inbox: Oh right, it’s a pain to manage several email accounts on an iPhone. That must be really annoying.
- An Improved UI: I have a new improved UI regularly; it’s called a theme.
It’s not that I don’t respect what Apple has done for the smartphone industry, it’s just that recently it seems people have lost sight of the fact that BlackBerry has been doing a lot of what Apple will announce for ages. RIM has been accused of keeping up with the Johnsons and tomorrow’s announcements will show they’re not as far behind in the consumer space as people would think.
The above features were discovered by AppleInsider.