iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4 Released; Includes iPhone Tethering, Default Utilities Folder, New Wallpapers And More

iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4

Apple had seeded developers of its iPhone Developer Program with the fourth beta version of iPhone OS 4.0 but seems to have pulled it after two hours.

Apple has released a new beta version of iPhone OS 4 every two weeks (Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3) since it gave a preview of the next generation iPhone OS at a special event in early April.

iPhone OS 4.0 includes 100 new features for iPhone users such as multitasking, folders etc and more than 1500 new APIs for app developers.

It looks like Apple has made several changes to networking behavior for suspended apps for the multitasking feature, which is relevant to the developer of the iPhone app based on initial reports from developers who were able to download the latest beta version of iPhone OS 4.0 SDK.

As you would expect, the new beta version of the iPhone app includes many bug fixes.

We will let you know if the latest beta version of iPhone OS 4 beta 4 2 and SDK reveals any interesting new features.

Apple might announce the release date of iPhone OS 4.0 during WWDC 2010 Keynote address.

Update 1:

MacStories is reporting that iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4 includes the following changes:

  • It has a default Utilities folder to reduce the clutter on the iPhone home screen. As you can see in the screenshot the Utilities folder includes iPhone apps such as Calculator, Clock, Digital Compass and Voice memos. 
  • iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4
  • It includes some new wallpapers.
  • iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4
  • The GPS button in Maps now uses the same icon that will be used to indicate apps that use location in the status bar (Reader Bert has commented that this change was observed in previous beta versions as well, thanks Bert).
  • iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4

Update 2:

  • There is an option to toggle off the ability to send group messages
  • iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4

Update 3:

Gizmodo has discovered a new option in the setting menu to enable Internet tethering. So looks like despite reports that it might not be available soon, AT&T customers will finally get the iPhone tethering feature with the release of iPhone OS 4.0, which was introduced by Apple in iPhone OS 3.0

iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4

[via MacStories, Gizmodo]