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iPhone OS 4.0 Includes Screen Orientation Lock And Quicker Access To iPod Controls

May 4th, 2010 05:44 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

iPhone OS 4.0 features

We had just reported that Apple had released iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 3 to developers of its iPhone Developer Program and had pulled it due to an issue with the installation of the revised SDK tools.

However, folks at 9to5Mac have managed to get their hands on the new beta version and have discovered several new features as part of the multitasking feature.

9to5Mac has discovered that the multitasking feature introduced in iPhone OS 4.0 also includes quick access to iPod controls, as well as an option for locking the screen orientation in either portrait or landscape mode.

These options show up when you swipe to the left on the multitasking "dock" manager similar to the way you access Spotlight feature from the home screen.


iPhone OS 4.0 features - Screen Orientation Lock And Quicker Access To iPod Controls

This is fantastic news, as many users have been requesting for the screen orientation lock for quite sometime as the accelerometer feature can get quite annoying when you move around in the bed while reading, as the screen keeps rotating.

Apple has addressed this issue in the iPad by replacing the mute switch just above the volume control button on the side of the device with a "screen rotation lock".

The quicker access to iPod Controls from within an iPhone app will also a useful feature.

Though the implementation of the screen orientation feature in iPhone OS 4.0 is quite neat, I still prefer the functionality offered by the SBSettings Toggle – Rotation Inhibitor for jailbroken iPhone. How about you?

[via 9to5Mac]

Source: iPhone OS 4.0 Includes Screen Orientation Lock And Quicker Access To iPod Controls

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