As we we know, iOS4.1 is on the way. We know that it's set to launch on September 8, which is this Wednesday.
We know much of what is coming with the new system, and some will emerge as it's released and more users find new additions.
Because of the Labor Day weekend (Which we hope you are enjoying, by the way) news is a bit slow today, we figured it would be a good time to take a look all the new things that are coming with the latest version of iOS.
Hit the jump for a list of updates:
That's right. Game Center is finally on the way. It's been a long time coming, and it was something we'd expected to see back in June when iOS4 launched. It's an online social networking service for games. According to Steve Jobs, it lets players check leaderboards, see what friends are playing, and if they "don't have any friends," the service will match them up with others playing the same games. Think of it as an Xbox LIVE or PlayStation Network for iOS.
Proximity Sensor Fix
This is another very welcome change to the new version. The proximity sensor issue has plagued users since the release of iOS4. It seemed to be a fairly widespread problem, but was almost completely overshadowed by Antennagate. In hindsight, maybe the antenna thing wasn't as big of an issue as most were making it out to be. After all, it had a very easy fix. But the proximity sensor can cause various problems with the phone's usability. For instance, hanging up a call mid-conversation, putting the call in speaker phone or even muting it. Each of these a major annoyance, and each of them causes your anti-Apple friends to say something along the lines of "Oh, I thought your iPhone was supposed to be some awesome phone!"
Many iPhone 3G users experienced a dramatic decrease in the phone's performance upon upgrading to iOS4. It became such an huge deal to users that even Apple had to acknowledge the problem. Luckily, they've been able to fix it. Though there aren't any published test results, a side-by-side comparison will quickly show a user that the speed has definitely improved in all the major applications such as Messages, Maps and Photos.
iOS4.1 addresses problems with Bluetooth connectivity. Though this wasn't as widely reported as the Proximity Sensor and the 3G slowdown (Which is probably because there are many iPhone owners who never use the Bluetooth features, so the issue doesn't come up.). Some users had problems with Bluetooth headsets in which the caller on the other end could not hear them. Others reported issues with the phone and their headsets disconnecting. The latest update should fix this problem.
Additional Bluetooth Features
Now Kid Won't Get Into an Accident While Looking For His Favorite Song From Every Time I Die, or Whatever He Listens To
Thanks to the upgrade the iPhone is now fully AVRCP compatible. This is a huge update for drivers, and will hopefully make for a safer time on the road. Now drivers can control the device's audio playback through a compatible car's dash rather than having to use their iPhone's touchscreen.
FaceTime via Email
This feature is what originally hinted at the possibility of FaceTime for the iPod Touch. Because the Touch doesn't have the contact list in which you store numbers like the iPhone 4, in which a user initiates a FaceTime call after making a regular phone call, the device needed its own way to launch the App. Now we have FaceTime via contact's email.
HDR Photos (iPhone 4)
High Dynamic Range Photos will be a part of iOS4.1. It was probably the biggest surprise of 4.1, but a welcome one. This feature snaps three photos when the user takes a picture. One is a regular picture, another is under-exposed and a third is over-exposed. The feature will combine algorithms of the three photos to create a higher-quality photo with better highlights and shadows.
HD Video Upload
The iPhone 4 can both record beautiful HD video at 720p. Unfortunately, the device couldn't upload HD video…at all. Users had to sync their device to their computer and upload from there. Now, users can upload directly from their device. The downside is that it only works over wifi, but many of us would rather wait until we get to a wifi access point to upload a larger video file.