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Illusionsary multitasking

Only for 3gs. And no 4.0 on the original iPhone. Very disapointing.

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The 3G will be 2 years old when 4.0 comes out.

The original iPhone will be 3. Will a three year old PC run Windows 7? Will a 2 year old one run all the aero glass features? Of course not. This is no shocker or really all that unusual (will those first gen android G1's run 2.1?).

The OS4 announcements were mostly nice additions but I am really disappointed by one big thing: the notifications interface received no changes at all. This is one of the most annoying things about the iPhone OS in my opinion, way more annoying than no multitasking.

Its bad enough that you must constantly be interrupted by a blue box that obscures what you were doing, demanding a response from you each time you get an SMS or an alert from some minor program fucntion. Android, Palm, and almost every desktop OS gets this right (show a discreet popup and then let it disappear gracefully). Why is apple so ham-handedly simplistic in their approach? Its bad enough on a small screen but its really going to be absurd on the iPad's larger screen.

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The 3G has the same CPU and ram as the original iPhone, and is still infact being sold as a new product in the 8GB. There is no technical reason the original iPhone shouldn't have the same OS as the 3G.

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Like the forking of android phones and OS's

I'm pretty sure this development could present a problem.

But then again, most people I know who bought the 100 dollar iPhone (which, in my opinion, is not a good value when you look at how much you will spend over the life of that 2 year contract) , are not tech savvy enough to be aware of half of the iPhone's possibilities, much less know what multitasking is in the first place There are different levels of iPhone users out there and from what I've seen, these people are not what I'd call "power users". So maybe this won't be such a big deal. We'll see.

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But that's a technical limitation the 3G and 2G iPhone have the same CPU and ram. Which isn't much, the iPhone OS struggles to fit in it's 128MB. So it's not too surprising the 3G doesn't get multitasking. What I'm complaining about is that both the 3G and 2G have the same performance and ram they should both be able to run 4.0 without multitasking. To drop support for the 2G has no justification other than greed.

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