Apple will release the first major software update to its iPhone operating system, iOS 4. We take a look inside to see what the updates mean for you.
Some of the major changes you will find in iOS 4.1 include the addition of HDR (high dynamic range) photography, a new Game Centre for social gaming, HD video uploads and fixes for some major bugs.
iOS 4.1 brings with it Apple’s Game Centre, a social gaming hub that automatically matches you with friends or strangers around the world when you want to play (selected compatible) multiplayer games.
Budding photographers with an iPhone 4 will be able to automatically capture HDR photos on their device and upload the high-definition videos they take to YouTube or MobileMe via a WiFi connection.
Users who have been struggling with the proximity sensor when making a call (letting their cheek decide when to end the call) will be happy to know Apple has finally addressed the issue in iOS 4.1. iPhone 3G performance issues have also been addressed.
In May Google released its Android 2.2 OS (aka Froyo), an update which included tethering, mobile hotspot functionality, support for Flash Player 10.1, a Google Search Bar, and higher quality YouTube video viewing.
The next Android update (Gingerbread) is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Apple’s iOS 4.1 is a free update. It is expected to become available for most iPhone and iPod touch devices on Sept 9, however not all features are supported on all models.
For more information you can head to Apple’s iPhone software update page (bit.ly/aLnjHi) or watch the keynote announcing the OS update here: bit.ly/98VpXe. — Relaxnews
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