A river of innovation that could if not transform the iPad and the iPhone, if nothing else, cancel several of the criticisms that the two devices, including the most recent one (as often happens when launching a new Apple product), have collected and continue to collect. Here is what would be hidden in the iPhone Os 3.2 code made available in conjunction with the presentation of iPad and now subjected to a real vivisection by the most expert 'coders' in the world, working hard to begin to lay the foundations for new applications and a little out of curiosity, in looking for information not revealed by Apple but an indication of traces of the future.
The most detailed and exhaustive of the articles appeared to date on the Internet that published this night by Engadget who with the help of some developers has compiled an impressive list of features made possible or simply probable by what is seen in iPhone Os 3.2.
The operating system has, just to mention the most important elements: spelling and grammar check support (the latter for now only in English) in the text fields also in Web applications (such as Safari), possibility to add words by the user, support to a USB host, MobileStorageMounter (an element that could be used to mount external disks), ability to directly recognize an external display and select its resolution, possibility for an application to modify the standard version of the copy menu and paste ', support for sending point-to-point images, support for a much more sophisticated version of font management with equally sophisticated management of text formatting, traces of preliminary support for uploading files from Safari, advertising capable of interpreting the location and then show an ad based on where you are, possibility from the applications that have access the maps function to do the same thing, initial support for handwriting input.
To all this is added also other information collected by Engadget himself according to which an "extreme trust" would have ensured that the video call is one of the functions foreseen for the future. The new firmware would in fact contain code thanks to which it would be possible to manage a web cam and orient the display of the video. A system would also allow viewing of the video in a smaller portion of the screen with potential multitasking features, although it is not entirely clear that this is the prelude to the preparation of a complete multitasking environment.
Also interesting is the support for downloading files and browsing them via the web: this could potentially mean the possibility of using files on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, by downloading them from a web browser (a lack typically complained of by Symbian and Windows users Mobile). In addition we remember that practically confirmed that iPad can manage a "public" folder in which to save files produced by applications, files that can then be exchanged with a computer, a procedure that seems to be useful in view of launching applications for office, like iWork.
Raw support for features such as sending and receiving SMS would have been identified in the iPad.
From what you can guess, the firmware 3.2 could therefore only be a temporary step, before the release of the most complete and complex version 4.0. In March 2008 and 2009, Apple organized special events during which revisions of the iPhone OS signatures were presented, typically presenting the final versions at the same time as the conferences reserved for developers. This could be the case again this year, taking into consideration that at the end of March also the date set for the commercial launch of the iPad on the occasion of which other surprises could emerge, as happened with the iPhone of which not everything had been said at the time of its introduction official, only to reveal it shortly before the actual marketing.
(By Mauro Notarianni)