iPhone OS 4: orientation lock, iPod controls in fast app switcher

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Today's iPhone OS 4 beta 3 update has brought with it some interesting new features, including a soft-version of the iPad's orientation lock and iPod controls added into the fast app switcher (multitasking) UI.

When you double click the home button to bring up the fast app switcher, you can now scroll all the way to the left to get the new orientation lock and iPod controls. The default on the orientation is off but a tap will turn on, or turn off, the lock. (Home screen doesn't sound like it rotates, however).

iPod controls include back, play/pause, and forward, with the name of the current track written beneath.

The background for the app switcher (and for folders) has also changed from the rubbery, pock-mocked, dark gray of beta 1 and 2 to a new cross-hatched medium gray.

Video after the break! For more check out our complete iPhone OS 4 beta preview and feature walkthrough.

[Thanks anon!]


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Wait, the home screen can be oriented now? :O or the ipod can be in landscape mode via the multi-task menu? I'm lost. :/

A screen lock?? THANK YOU STEVE JOBS!!!!! So tired of have to flip this thing back and forth all the time. If this is 3, and we have about a month to go, think we will see 5 beta's??

Why am I getting the feeling that apple is going to clutter up the multi-tasking UI with way to many features.
Though I do have some suggestions, if Apple is listening :-
1. Add Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode & Location Service (on/off) switches there.
2. Every app with a badge (sms, mail, phone and every app that uses push notifications) shows up in there, so that would take care of the notification, simply get rid of the modal pop-ups.

Verdammt ist das GEIL!
äähhh..
This is really nice!
We will see what the next beta will bring to us..
But I hope we will see more cool stuff in this beta.

Now its time for apple to change something on the "Folders"
My thought is,
you can delete a complete folder by deleting it like a normal app on the homescreen and ALL the apps in there, will be smashed on the homescreen again.
But you still can delete specific apps inside a folder.
Good or buh?!

But if iPhone 3G doesn't have multitasking, does ir mean we wont have the screen lock either??
Please can somebody tell?
Thanks!

Wow! Another innovation brought to you courtesy of the jailbreak community. Now let's see if they can copy SBSettings so I can finally stop jailbreaking.
Oh who am I kidding, I'll always jailbreak!!!

So will the homescreen and appswitch rotate? Seems a little ridiculous that you'd have to read it sideways to turn it on!

I bet that the iPod controls and icon will change to Pandora if it's running (just like the controls on the lockscreen can control Pandora) :)

@m1n0r Your kidding right? Some of you people kill me you ask and ask for stuff you get it and it's to much? O-K then.

You should have to slide to the right. Kinda like on the home screen to get to the Search iPhone screen.

My last reason for jailbreaking was rotation lock. Now, with a stronger battery in the 4th gen, I'm just going to always leave everything turned on so I don't have to access the Settings and finally stop jailbreaking.

"The background for the app switcher (and for folders) has also changed from the rubbery, pock-mocked, dark gray of beta 1 and 2 to a new cross-hatched medium gray."
What are Apple, morons? they had a cool looking background that kinda matches the background of the Settings icon and switched it with a bland, dull one that no longer looks cool.
Nice step backwards in UI design, hope it will eventually be changable via WinterBoard at some point.

I wish the cover flow view of my music had iPod controls, not just play/pause. I'd love to be able to skip to the next song.

You know, I find that Apple can do no right in some peoples' eyes. It's sad how jaded some people are. Yes, some blindly follow Apple and love everything they do, but as an objective person I find that this is a GREAT improvement.

"Why am I getting the feeling that apple is going to clutter up the multi-tasking UI with way to many features. Though I do have some suggestions, if Apple is listening :- 1. Add Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode & Location Service (on/off) switches there. 2. Every app with a badge (sms, mail, phone and every app that uses push notifications) shows up in there, so that would take care of the notification, simply get rid of the modal pop-ups."
WiFi + Airplane mode switch +1
They could put those and the ipod controls on one or more lines above the running tasks. Use the screen, instead of wasting it on grayed out icons!!

One thing I'm amazed Apple doesn't have on the iPod or the iPod app on the iPhone is Manual Equalization with at least a 7-band equalizer. So simple to implement it almost seems purposefully left out. Presets are too basic and not enough for true audio enthusiasts.

@zero credability
it helps, but just having a wifi toggle, like the screen lock toggle, would eliminate a lot of back and forth.

Please help me Guys !!!
I've an iPhone 4 and the iPod just lose that slider control (on top) when we can go forward/backward in the playing music.
Now just appear the music's information (name, album and music style).
I'm a junior user so I need help because (perhaps) I made a mistake on my iPhone 4 setting up (definitons).
I'll be glad for any help - if it's possible by email : cstumpo@sapo.pt.
Besta regards,
Carlos Stumpo - Lisbon / Portugal

I had accidentally deleted the protrait orientation lock in multi tasking mode. How to reinstall back the app?

I had to buy a new iPhone 4 after mine went in the ocean. I haven't synced it yet to compare functioning of all the apps; I'm assuming it's the same phone, but maybe with software updated since my last sync on my precious phone.... One major difference (please correct me if im wrong, because I have an iPad, & I might be confusing the behavior of that w/ my phone)--- orientation can be standard portrait (home button on bottom) or landscape, when turned to either side.... It CANNOT be "upside down portrait" w/ home button on top. It just won't go that way. I thought my previous phone changed no matter which way I turned it (again, could be assuming based on confusion w/iPad). So, is this normal,& I just never noticed this on my other phone, which I had for 10 months? Or is this a change to the iOS?

I savour, cause I found exactly what I used to be looking for. You've ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye