The iPhone screen orientation – where the iphone flips the screen depending on the way you are holding the device, can be very useful, but equally it can be a huge pain. The worst crime it commits is rotating when you don’t want it to, usually because you are using your iPhone in bed or on the sofa. In certain positions it is next to impossible to write email or surf the web without tilting the iPhone one way or another to prevent the screen from rotating.
Well we can finally rest easy, a solution is on the way. In iPhone OS 4 which is currently in beta 3 (testing) if you swipe your finger to the left on the multi tasking pane you get the option the lock the screen orientation as well as some nifty iPod controls. A wonderful and much needed feature, which seems to operate the same way as the hardware orientation lock for the iPad only it’s a software lock on the iPhone OS.
Some blogs are calling this a widget, we are not so sure, Apple seems to be against placing information widgets on their iPhones, despite their usefulness.
Another one of those ‘CEO replies to a customers email’ story. Apparently a German iPhone user sent an email to Steve Jobs, the Apple CEO, asking if they will be supporting the iPhone 2G in the future.
The answer, a resounding NO. Short a sweet as usual, but if this is a real email it looks like those looking forward to OS 4.0 on their first generation iPhone will have to splash out on a new device, no OS 4.0 for you!
Is Apple supporting/updating the iPhone 2G in the Future?
Hi all, we cannot be at the iPhone OS 4.0 event but we will be carefully watching the internet for details of the event for you. You can watch our live stream below starting at around 6pm (Ireland), or you can simply follow us on Twitter.
We were shocked too, but Apple is indeed holding an event which will be a “sneak peek of the next generation of iPhone OS software.” Apple is really keeping the rhythm going…
What new functionality is to be expected? Will we finally have multi tasking? The good news is maybe, the even better news is it’s only a few days away! We will be watching this one with interest and hoping they take this opportunity to launch the iPad Wifi version internationally too!