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Video shows iPhone multitasking, folder creation

updated 09:05 pm EDT, Thu April 8, 2010

Firmware expected sometime in summer

A YouTube video posted by the Polish site MakoweABC shows the iPhone OS 4.0 beta, including the new multitasking features and folder creation. The host demonstrates how to launch several apps and bring up the multitasking toolbar with a double press of the home button. Each of the app icons are listed on the bottom of the screen, allowing users to terminate each app by tapping and holding on the icon.

To create a folder from two game apps, the host taps and holds one of the icons to move it on the screen. Instead of rearranging the icons, the app is placed atop another icon to create a folder which can then be renamed.

The iPhone 4.0 firmware is expected to be available for the iPhone and iPod touch sometime in the summer, although the multitasking functionality will be restricted to the iPhone 3GS and third-generation Touch.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Tim

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    Joined: Apr 2010


    iphone 4.0 beta

  1. Marook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wow.. just like Steve did!

    So, they make a video to show the same stuff Steve did during the keynote - what a news story!

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A guess at how "folders" are created.

    Looking at the icon and the call out clicking on it generates, I cannot help but be reminded of stacks on OS X. I believe that these apps do not go into an actual folder but rather they are tagged somehow by meta data like a label which associates them under one stack.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: A guess

    I cannot help but be reminded of stacks on OS X.

    Except Stacks in OS X do not work that way. Which is what makes Stacks in OS X so worthless. All they are is just another way to show folder content (and only if you don't have too much content, otherwise you don't even get stacks).

    The way you describe was how Stacks were first envisioned/demonstrated years and years ago, and it would be so much more useful. Like tagging mail in GMail or keywording photos or music and making smart playlists. Of course, the original stacks could also be on your desktop, not just in your dock. You can kind of fake it by making a folder and making a bunch of aliases to files in there, but it's a lot more work and not as useful.

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