Apple adds iOS 4 application section to App Store

Following last week's release of the new iPhone 4, Apple quietly added a new section to its App Store virtual storefront reserved iOS 4 appsexclusively for iPhone and iPod touch applications powered by the new iOS 4 operating system. As of 5 a.m. ET Tuesday, there are 48 applications featured under the heading Awesome iOS 4 Apps, including social networking services Twitter and Loopt, navigation solution TomTom USA and music app Pandora Radio.

Apple began accepting iOS 4-powered application submissions just two weeks in advance of iPhone 4's June 24 retail release. Apple unveiled iOS 4 at the beginning of the month in conjunction with the official announcement of the iPhone 4--touted by Apple CEO Steve Jobs as "the most advanced mobile operating system in the world," the new OS includes 100 new features and 1,500 new APIs, highlighted by the introduction of multitasking, folders, a unified inbox and expanded search options.

iPhone 4 itself boasts enhancements like Apple's new FaceTime video calling solution, the new Retina display, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, support for iBooks, Apple's A4 processor and a three-axis gyro that should herald significant strides in mobile gaming. Apple reports sales of the new smartphone topped 1.7 million during its first three days at retail.

For more on the Awesome iOS 4 Apps section:
- check out the App Store

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