April 9th, 2010 → 12:01 pm @ Josh Andrews
Imagine a world where you can stream your favorite public radio stations on your iPhone while you check your inbox, text your bff, and surf the web. Folks, the future is now! (Well, technically…later this year).
Exciting news from Apple yesterday as CEO Steve Jobs previewed the new iPhone operating system, OS 4.0. This new OS will allow the Public Radio Player to run in the background (aka multitasking) while other features and apps on the phone are utilized. This is, by far, the most popular feature request we hear from fans of the Player and a big, big deal for the future evolution of the Public Radio Player.
Ah, but there are a few caveats. First generation iPhones and iPod Touches will not be able to install the new OS. Also, the much desired multitasking feature will only be available on devices 3GS or later (a 4G phone is expected this summer). Apple has released an SDK 4 for developers and the OS is expected to roll out in the Fall (details on Apple.com). You can read more about the Apple announcement on MobileCrunch.