Apple just made my iPod Touch even more useful — not

Today Apple (well, Steve Jobs) announced a num­ber of things at WWDC (Apple’s World Wide Developer­’s Con­fer­ence).

The one caught my atten­tion  was the announce­ment of iOS4 — the oper­at­ing sys­tem pre­vi­ously known as iPhone OS. Sure, there was a new iPhone, and a bunch of oth­er stuff, but I have an iPod Touch (2nd Gen­er­a­tion) and want to keep using it… so was look­ing for news that would let me keep my Touch hum­ming along. And I found it.

Or so I thought.

The Apple iPod Touch page is big on prom­ised fea­tures, but at the bot­tom, in the stand­ard dis­claim­er grey area the text pulls back some of the lovely bene­fits men­tioned above.

Not all fea­tures are com­pat­ible with all devices. For example, mul­ti­task­ing, cus­tom wall­pa­per, and Bluetooth key­board sup­port are avail­able only with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and the third-gen­er­a­tion iPod touch (32GB and 64GB mod­els from late 2009).

So, the cool fea­tures that I’ve been look­ing for­ward to will not work on my iPod Touch. Bluetooth Key­board, Multi-task­ing, Folders…all very cool fea­tures. And my device does sup­port them — if I Jail­break it. But not using the offi­cial update.

Well then, it is a free upgrade, and I’m sure I’ll get *some* bene­fit from it, but I’m not ready to retire this iPod Touch yet. Maybe Jail­break­ing is the way to go.

Published by Brad Grier geek.hack