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iOS 4 And iPhone 4: What They Mean For You

The Technologist perspective on today's iAnnouncement.

Apple today presented the new iPhone 4. With features like the new Retina display, a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash, HD video recording, and Apple’s A4 processor, it’s hard to even imagine what this means for pro audio.

iPhone 4 comes with iOS 4, the newest version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system, which includes over 100 new features and 1500 new APIs for developers.

iOS 4 features, among a multitude of other new features, Multitasking, which is certainly going to make my life as well as countless others much easier when we’re out in the field.

The use of Apple’s A4 process will also certainly be a boon to developers and users alike, as apps will be able to tap a more powerful processing core on the go.

Said Apple CEO Steve Jobs, “iPhone 4 is the biggest leap since the original iPhone. We have been dreaming about…these breakthroughs for decades.”

This is easily believable, and though I’ve not been one of the lucky ones to hold an iPhone 4 in my hands as of yet, all accounts are that it’s a finely tuned machine that screams past not only the competition, but previous generations of the phone as well.

So what does all this mean for the future? More power, finely tuned features, and a better user experience. All good things when you need something to “just work.”

With developers of audio apps out there like Studio Six Digital who are delivering product that require more and more processing power (i.e., Smaart), it’s good to see Apple delivering a better and faster host device.

However, better still are the little things that affect our day-to-day productivity.

The improved camera is perfect for documenting session and gig setups, and the addition of video only enhances that functionality.

FaceTime? It may seem silly at first, however, for anyone who’s spent time on the road, adding the ability to easily connect with loved ones on the go is bound to be met with open arms.

With hundreds of new features in iOS 4 and iPhone 4, we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface, however, this latest device by Apple will once again not better our productivity and quality of life, but will shape the market while doing so.


Apple Press Releases: iPhone 4, iOS 4.


The Technologist, a.k.a. Kyle P. Snyder, is an audio engineer with innumerable credits in the public and private sector, writing about audio engineering, recording technology and a multitude of other topics as Associate Editor of ProSoundWeb. Find out more about Kyle at his website and blog

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