Apple FAQ: When is the iPhone 4.0 keynote again?

A quick guide to current Apple rumors and options for an iPhone 4.0 liveblog.

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    Apple CEO Steve Jobs will introduce the iPhone 4.0 operating system Thursday at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.
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Fresh off the rather successful debut of the iPad tablet, Apple is ready to introduce the iPhone 4.0 operating system.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. That's 1 p.m. here on the East Coast.

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This updated operating system will impact the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the brand new iPad. Currently, all three take advantage of different parts of the iPhone OS 3.0 and there's little reason to think Apple would change that setup.

So, what can we expect from iPhone 4.0? Rumors suggest that the new OS will offer some multitasking features. Right now, only music, calls, and a few other core functions can run in the background. Such an upgrade could boost productivity and open up new possibilities for cool apps. But multitaking can also overwhelm a processor, slowing down the whole experience. Plenty of people have complained that running multiple apps at the same time on the Palm Pre drags down the phone.

Other scuttlebutt points to a print feature for the iPad. That would save people from the chore of emailing text to a full PC in order to create hard copies.

In typical Apple fashion, the keynote is only open to select media outlets. Good thing so many of the invitees liveblog. The Monitor will have plenty of coverage after the event. But if you need up-to-the-second news, check out Wired, Engadget, Gizmodo, or CNET. In the meantime, what do you think about the iPad sales numbers? Best Buy said that it completely sold out of the Apple tablet. Share your thoughts in the comments about the iPad or what the iPhone OS 4.0 might hold.

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