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Saturday 25 November 2017

Apple to announce iPhone 4 OS

New operating system is likely to introduce multitasking and run on the new iPhone to be released later this year

Apple's latest iPhone, the 3GS, currently runs OS 3.2. Photo: Apple
Apple's latest iPhone, the 3GS, currently runs OS 3.2. Photo: Apple

Matt Warman

Apple’s iPhone 4.0 software will be unveiled at an event in California on Thursday, 8 April.

The company is expected to release a new version of the popular iPhone handset later in the summer, but it will give software developers a preview of the operating system this week.

The features revealed are likely to indicate some of the characteristics of the forthcoming handset.

The company has invited US-based media to the event at its Cupertino campus, and is widely expected to announce that its new OS will support multi-tasking for all applications.

The event is unusual for Apple, however, because it comes so soon after Saturday’s US launch of the iPad tablet.

That machine runs a unique version of the iPhone OS, 3.2, while iPhones currently run version 3.1.3, which was released to fix an issue with the battery.

It is based on version 3.0, which introduced cut-and-paste to the handset, among other new features, in 2009.

Although the iPad was reported to have sold 300,000 units over the weekend, Apple’s iPhone OS has in recent months been challenged by a range of new handsets, mainly running Google’s Android operating system.

The iPhone is still regarded as the most advanced mobile phone, however, because of its significant App Store, which offers users approximately 160,000 additional programmes for download.

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