iOS 4 launched by Apple for iPhone and iPod touch

iOS 4 brings multi-tasking to Apple handsets

Apple's elephant in the room finally gets shown the door

iOS 4, the new operating system for Apple’s range of portable devices has gone live bringing multi-tasking to the iPhone and iPod touch.

The free update brings over 100 new features to Apple’s portable devices including the ability to create folders, iBooks and enhanced mail amongst many others.

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The availability of iOS 4 as a free download comes just days ahead of the launch of the first handset to come pre-loaded with the new operating system, the Apple iPhone 4.

Due for release on Thursday (June 24th) the Apple iPhone 4 will include the multi-tasking capabilities and all of the other new functionality associated with iOS 4 direct from the box. The new handset will also be the first Apple smartphone to offer users the option of video calling through the front-facing camera and FaceTime software.

To install the new iOS 4 on existing iPhone 3G and 3GS mobile handsets, and iPod touch devices users must first ensure that they have the recently updated iTunes 9.2 installed on their desktop of laptop computers.

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