During a special media event held today in Cupertino, Apple unveiled details about the next major update to the iPhone OS that powers its iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad mobile devices. Slated to arrive sometime this summer for the iPhone and iPod touch, the update will give developers access to over 1,500 new APIs to improve and extend the capabilities of their apps, as well as give users over 100 new features like multitasking and improved enterprise support.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs detailed seven major new features that he described as “tentpoles” for the OS. Addressing the number one request of most users is a new app multitasking system. Jobs explained that implementing multitasking is easy if battery life and application performance isn’t a concern, but Apple has taken its time to develop a system that it says avoids these common pitfalls. “We weren’t the first to this party, but we’re going to be the best,” Jobs said.