Guide to iPhone 4 - Software Features
When the iPhone 4 was first released, Apple also released the latest iteration of its device OS - iOS 4. As of today, iOS 4.2 is already available for the iPhone 4. iOS 4 is a big leap up from previous iPhone OS versions as it brings more advanced features as well as software bundles which make the iPhone 4 an even more powerful multimedia-capable smartphone. Among the new software that the iOS 4 brought there's - iBooks, iMovie, and the Face Time video calling capability.
Video calling was a much desired feature by iPhone users and Apple finally gave it to iPhone 4 users via FaceTime. This feature allows iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 video calls via Wi-Fi. This is the reason why the iPhone 4 has a front-facing camera. What's quite unique about Face Time is that it also lets you show what's in front of you to the person you are talking to. While many have criticized this feature, it's still quite a revolutionary feature for the iPhone.
Another important iOS 4 app that we need to mention is iMovie. Since the iPhone is capable of capturing HD-quality video, it also lets you edit those videos right away on your iPhone. While Face Time comes default in every iPhone 4, iMovie should be installed separately and is available for free from the iPhone App Store. This app lets you edit videos, add background music (which you can get from your iPhone's iPod application) and add effects to your videos.
Finally, another noteworthy iPhone 4 app is iBooks. Apple's answer to Amazon Kindle and its take on the flourishing e-book market. iBooks brings in colored e-book reading, seamless book page turning and other great features that certainly rocked the Amazon Kindle's dominance of the market, although there is a Kindle iPhone app.
Equally important is the iPhone 4's multi-tasking feature. This is was one of the most demanded features by iPhone users especially since other smartphones have this feature. Folders for apps is another important new feature that the iPhone 4 and iOS 4 rolled out to the iPhone community.
Recently, when iOS 4.1 was made available, another notable new software feature was the introduction of the Game Center app. This is Apple's take on the mobile and social gaming sphere. Although, online leaderboards and community interaction among iPhone users through the Game Center is yet to take off, this is quite a significant new feature.