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Apple's iPhone OS 4 - 10 best new features

There's more to iOS 4 than multitasking

Multitasking might be the biggest news in the latest version of the iPhone OS, but it has plenty of other useful features and refinements, too. Here's a hands-on look at our 10 favourites.

Improvements to the Messages app


The Messages app in iOS 4 has also received a few welcome updates. For example, you can now search through your old text messages by pulling down the main message timeline. And while you're composing a text message, a character count now appears above the Send button. The character-count feature is not enabled by default, though; you have to enable it manually from the Settings/Messages menu.

iBooks on your bookshelf

Access to Apple's digital-books store comes though the iBooks app, which is not bundled with the iOS4 update. To get it, you have go to the App Store and download it free of charge. If you're familiar with the iPad version of the app, you'll feel right at home with the iPhone app, which has the same interface.

You can buy and download books from Apple's iBooks store straight from your iPhone, or add your own PDF files by connecting the iPhone to your computer. If you have an iPad as well, iBooks will keep in sync your notes, your bookmarks, and where you left off for each book.

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  1. There's more to the OS upgrade than just multitasking
  2. Unified Inbox and threaded email
  3. Organise your apps in folders
  4. Improvements to the messages app
  5. Digital zoom and geo-location for your camera

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