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iPhone OS 3.2: Video Calls, File Downloads, Pseudo-Multitasking?

Based on an SDK which doesn’t differentiate between the iPhone and iPad, folks at Engadget say they’ve confirmed that the iPhone OS 3.2 has “rudimentary” support for video calling and file downloading. Too soon for any excitement at all?

File downloading and local storage in the browser could be great. Just imagine finally being able to grab a song off the internet and actually save it on your iPhone. The daydreamer in me wants to believe that files downloaded in such a manner would be accessible by all applications. I’d download a cheesy tune from an artist’s website, attach it to an email to my lover, upload it for posting on Twitter, and force my musical preferences onto the whole world without ever needing to set down my iPhone.

The suggestion of multitasking comes from the fact that there appears to be a function to run video calls in “either full screen mode or in just a portion of the screen”. Engadget is interpreting this as meaning that you’ll be able to “chat and do other things at the same time”. We suspect that it’s more likely that this function is related to the manner in which a new call comes in. Just as a contact’s picture can pop up with a call, a video chat could begin in partial-screen mode. Debate about the actual potential features aside, what’s the point of video chat capabilities in devices without front-facing cameras anyway?

With all this way-too-early excitement, an important thing to keep in mind is that the SDK this information is being pulled from is the same for the iPhone as it is for the iPad. It’s tough to tell which features would apply to which device. That and the fact we’re talking about an SDK and potential options. There’s no guarantee that we’ll see any of this in the iPhone OS 4.0. Or ever. [Engadget]