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Apple posts iOS 4 update

updated 01:15 pm EDT, Mon June 21, 2010

iOS 4 launches for iPhones and iPods

Apple as promised has made iOS 4 available for iPhones and iPods. The roughly 378MB update adds several critical features, including a limited amount of multitasking, folders, iBooks and GameCenter. Many other minor updates are onboard, such as more advanced photo sorting and better HTML5 video support.

Multitasking is off-limits for the iPhone 3G and second-generation iPod touch, as neither has the memory to handle it well, according to Apple.

The update currently works for the iPhone 3G and 3GS as well as second- and third-generation iPod touch players. iPads get the update later this year. Both the original iPhone and first-generation iPod touch are ruled out as their hardware isn't capable of handling the update. Patching requires iTunes 9.2 and checking for an update in the device's general setup pane.

by MacNN Staff



  1. prl99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    installed on Touch

    I wish the ordering of my daughter's iPhone 4 went so easily. It took 12 minutes or so to download the file and is just finishing up the installation and restoring process (takes another 15+ minutes).

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    How long before the "iOS 4.0 broke my ....." comments start flying?

  1. djbeta

    Joined: Dec 1969


    3.1.2 ?

    Does anyone know if you have to upgrade a 3.1.2 phone to 3.1.3 before going to 4 ? I am on 3.1.2 and don't yet see the 4 update available in iTunes.

  1. facebook_Michael

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jun 2010


    iBooks for iPhone 3GS?

    Hmmm. Backed up my iPhone, downloaded iOS4, and all seems well. Can't seem to find iBooks though. And, now that I see folders, I wish we could assign a color or background to them to tell the folders apart a bit easier.

  1. Xinnix

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Blurry Photos!

    Updated and everything went good. But all my iPhotos are now fuzzy or blurry?

  1. Nostromo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "so...How long before the "iOS 4.0 broke my ....." comments start flying?"

    About as long as it took for the "iTunes 9.2 broke my downloaded videos" comments...which, for me, was about 20 minutes after I ran the updates.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    You have to download the free iBooks app. Maybe only for U.S. for now.

    You can get the 4.0 firmware here:

    I wish it broke testudo. Wait it didn't? What a disappointment

  1. spotkat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iOS 4 Broke My...

    I'll be the first! I would rather have my double-click home button function take me to my phone favorites and perhaps triple-click or something else takes me to multi-tasking.

    And if I don't shut down an app every time after I'm done using it, how much faster will my battery die when I forget to close Facebook every time I use it? Multitasking is nice, but I would like to have an easier way to quit applications than to double-tap Home, hold my finger on the app, then tap the quit button.

    Just because I look at Facebook doesn't mean I want it running all the time!


    Joined: Dec 1969


    iOS4 Works Great

    Updated my 3G and it took time - almost an hour start to finish. Went through with no issues and everything is working great.

    One thing to watch out for. The update reset the passcode to off.


  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Breaks Voicemail

    It breaks your voicemail. If you click on voicemail it dials to the voicemail box.

    To fix this:

    Call your phone leave yourself a message then it will prompt you for the voicemail password and after entering that it works like it is supposed to again.

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