Apple iOS 4

iPhone 4 launch day came and went and Number Four has taken over. Today, as the dust settles, we hope to move away from the hype and take a clear-headed look at what’s new in the iOS4. No, this isn’t a full-featured iPhone 4 review, nor is it intended to introduce you to the OS basics.

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Apple iOS 4

Instead we’ll stick to the new stuff. And Apple promised lots of that: multitasking, homescreen wallpapers, a revamped email app, and more. Here is our brief scoop on all the new stuff and all that’s still missing.

What’s new:

  • Homescreen wallpapers
  • Folder organization of the homescreen icons
  • Multitasking and fast app switching
  • Google/Wikipedia search in Spotlight
  • Bluetooth keyboard pairing support
  • SMS character counter
  • SMS search
  • Email threading
  • Unified Email inbox
  • Email archiving is now available when you setup Gmail
  • Spell checker
  • iPod music player can now create, edit and delete playlists
  • 5x digital zoom in still camera
  • Touch-focus in video capture (for video enabled iPhones)
  • Keyboard layouts span over QWERTY, QWERTZ, and AZERTY
  • Minor icon design facelifts
  • Video call support (only in iPhone 4 and only over Wi-Fi)
  • iBooks e-book and PDF reader

What’s still missing:

  • No Flash support in the web browser
  • No true multitasking for all applications
  • iOS4 for iPhone 3G has limited new feature set
  • Poor performance on iPhone 3G
  • No quick toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or 3G
  • No social networking integration
  • No info widgets on lockscreen or homescreen
  • SMS tones are still not customizable
  • No mass mark emails as read
  • No proper file browser or access to the file system
  • No USB mass storage mode
  • No vibration feedback when touching the screen
  • No Bluetooth file transfers to other mobile phones
  • Contacts lack a swipe-to-delete or mass delete feature
  • No SMS/MMS delivery notifications
  • No smart dialing (but Spotlight is a somewhat of a substitute)
  • No DivX or XviD video support and no official third-party application to play that
  • The whole iPhone is too dependent on iTunes – you cannot add the same type of content (video, photos, apps) to the phone from two computers, a regular file management interface would have been much better

With the iPhone it’s never about what the phone can or cannot do. The iOS 4 however seems finally determined to catch up with most of the today’s smartphones. You’re not to expect miracles though – such as a file browser, USB mass storage mode, web Flash support, and other stuff that seems irrelevant to Apple.

Anyway, we’ve tested iOS 4 on both an iPhone 3GS and a 3G. It’s worth noting that a lot of the new features aren’t available on the now discontinued iPhone 3G. Worse yet, the iOS 4 is heartbreakingly slow on the 3G. We somehow feel though that the average iPhone user is way more likely to go straight to Number Four than bother install the latest OS on an older device. Or at least that’s what Apple would prefer.

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Asia Internet Usage and Population Satistics

Internet usage

Internet usage

ASIA INTERNET USAGE AND POPULATION

ASIA

Population
( 2008 Est.)

Internet Users,
(Year 2000)

Internet Users,
Latest Data

Penetration
(% Population)

(%) Users
in Asia

Growth
( 2000-2008 )

Afganistan

32,738,376

1,000

580,000

1.8 %

0.1 %

57,900.0 %

Armenia

2,968,586

30,000

172,800

5.8 %

0.0 %

476.0 %

Azerbaijan

8,177,717

12,000

1,035,600

12.7 %

0.2 %

8,530.0 %

Bangladesh

153,546,901

100,000

500,000

0.3 %

0.1 %

400.0 %

Bhutan

682,321

500

40,000

5.9 %

0.0 %

7,900.0 %

Brunei Darussalem

381,371

30,000

176,029

46.2 %

0.0 %

486.8 %

Cambodia

14,241,640

6,000

70,000

0.5 %

0.0 %

1,066.7 %

China *

1,330,044,605

22,500,000

253,000,000

19.0 %

43.7 %

1,024.4 %

East Timor

1,108,777

1,200

0.1 %

0.0 %

0.0 %

Georgia 4,630,841 20,000 360,000 7.8 % 0.1 % 1,700.0 %
Hong Kong *

7,018,636

2,283,000

4,878,713

69.5 %

0.8 %

113.7 %

India

1,147,995,898

5,000,000

60,000,000

5.2 %

10.4 %

1,100.0 %

Indonesia

237,512,355

2,000,000

25,000,000

10.5 %

4.3 %

1,150.0 %

Japan

127,288,419

47,080,000

94,000,000

73.8 %

16.2 %

99.7 %

Kazakhstan

15,340,533

70,000

1,400,000

9.1 %

0.2 %

1,900.0 %

Korea, North

23,479,089

0.0 %

Korea, South

49,232,844

19,040,000

34,820,000

70.7 %

6.0 %

82.9 %

Kyrgystan

5,356,869

51,600

750,000

14.0 %

0.1 %

1,353.5 %

Laos

6,677,534

6,000

100,000

1.5 %

0.0 %

1,566.7 %

Macao *

460,823

60,000

238,000

51.6 %

0.0 %

296.7 %

Malaysia

25,274,133

3,700,000

14,904,000

59.0 %

2.6 %

302.8 %

Maldives

379,174

6,000

33,000

8.7 %

0.0 %

450.0 %

Mongolia

2,996,081

30,000

320,000

10.7 %

0.1 %

966.7 %

Myanmar

47,758,181

1,000

40,000

0.1 %

0.0 %

3,900.0 %

Nepal

29,519,114

50,000

337,100

1.1 %

0.1 %

574.2 %

Pakistan

167,762,040

133,900

17,500,000

10.4 %

3.0 %

12,969.5 %

Philippines

92,681,453

2,000,000

14,000,000

15.1 %

2.4 %

600.0 %

Singapore

4,608,167

1,200,000

2,700,000

58.6 %

0.5 %

125.0 %

Sri Lanka

21,128,773

121,500

771,700

3.7 %

0.1 %

535.1 %

Taiwan

22,920,946

6,260,000

15,400,000

67.2 %

2.7 %

146.0 %

Tajikistan

7,211,884

2,000

19,500

0.3 %

0.0 %

875.0 %

Thailand

65,493,298

2,300,000

13,416,000

20.5 %

2.3 %

483.3 %

Turkmenistan

5,179,571

2,000

70,000

1.4 %

0.0 %

3,400.0 %

Uzbekistan

28,268,440

7,500

1,745,000

6.2 %

0.3 %

23,166.7 %

Vietnam

86,116,559

200,000

20,159,615

23.4 %

3.5 %

9,979.8 %

TOTAL ASIA

3,776,181,969

114,304,000

578,538,257

15.3 %

100.0 %

406.1 %