iPhone OS 4.0 rumored to debut in tandem with Apple tablet

Following Apple's announcement it will unveil its "latest creation"--presumably the computing giant's much-rumored tablet device--at a Jan. 27 media event, Fox News is reporting Apple will also introduce version 4.0 of its iPhone operating system. According to an email invitation mailed out Monday, Apple will release an unspecified new product during an invitation-only event at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater on Jan. 27--citing a source inside Apple, Fox News states the spotlight will fall on the tablet, iPhone 4.0 and a new suite of iLife 2010 software. "While we won't see new iPhone hardware just yet, we will see the next-generation software," the report adds, while noting Apple is infamous for making last-minute changes prior to media events.

The Apple tablet and the role the iPhone OS will play on the device have been the subject of months of speculation. Late last year, Silicon Alley Insider reported some Apple developer partners were asked to prepare new, higher-resolution versions of their applications for a January demonstration: "They've told select developers that as long as they build their apps to support full screen resolution--rather than a fixed 320x480--their apps should run just fine," a source said. In addition, French website Mac4Ever is reporting some developers have already gotten their hands on a new iPhone 4.0 SDK beta including a simulator that promises to simplify adapting iPhone applications to different screen resolutions.

For more on the iPhone 4.0 speculation:
- read this Fox News article

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