Think, Prepare Before Downloading iOS 4

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-06-21 Print this article Print


5. The enterprise should be happy

The enterprise could have made out best with the unveiling of iOS 4. Not only does it include multitasking-a must-have for any company-but the software also includes secure VPN support and better support of Exchange. And with the addition of folders, enterprise users will be able to decide where they want different files to go when they're working with the software. Apple might not be willing to offer all the features RIM has in its BlackBerry OS, but it's doing a much better job in iOS 4 of appealing to corporate customers.

6. Spell-check is finally available

One of the biggest issues with previous versions of iOS was that Apple's word-suggest feature automatically changed a word that it believed was misspelled when users hit the space button. It caused too many revisions after typing out a document or e-mail. To fix that problem, Apple has added spell-checking functionality to iOS 4, so users can go back in Mail, Notes and other applications and quickly fix those words they misspelled. According to Apple, words can be fixed by simply tapping on the misspelled word and choosing the desired spelling.

7. iPhone 4 comes with iOS 4-and then some

Those who currently own an older iPhone model that will not support iOS 4 should know that iPhone 4 will ship with the software when the device launches on June 24. The iPhone 3G S also runs Apple's new software. But before choosing the cheaper alternative, consumers should know that iOS 4 running on the iPhone 4 will feature FaceTime, Apple's new voice-calling feature. The software will not be included in iPhone 3G S models. If consumers are looking for that kind of functionality, waiting for iPhone 4 is the best way to go.

8. Bugs, anyone?

As with any new software release, early adopters should be prepared for bugs when they download iOS 4 for the first time. According to developers, the software is quite robust and they have seen few issues. But as people start downloading the mobile operating system, all that could change. No newly released operating system is perfect. And sometimes, even operating systems that display reportedly robust performance experience major issues later on. Consumers looking to download iOS 4 need to keep a watchful eye out for bugs. It's par for the course on new mobile operating systems.

9. Closing apps will take some effort

Now that Apple's new mobile software boasts multitasking, iPhone owners who expect to simply close an app by hitting the "home" button will be surprised to see that it will take more effort to close apps than it did in the past. In fact, to close applications in the new operating system, users will need to open up the software's App bar, which shows all the programs that are open at that time. From there, they need to hold their finger on a particular program's icon until they're given the option to close the program. It should be interesting to see how that functionality will be received by users.

10. Backing up is a necessity

Before downloading iOS 4, users must remember to back up their current iPhone data. A key issue with installing a new version of any operating system is that sometimes, something can go awry and users lose all their data. To prevent that, current iPhone owners should back up their information to their computers before downloading the software. If something goes wrong, they will have the data they need on their desktops and can quickly add it back on their smartphones. Those expecting to have the iPhone 4 on June 24 should back up their data as well. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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