In a few short (read: unbearably long) days, Apple’s new iOS4 and the shiny new iPhone will be released into the wild. Apple just approved the iOS4 compatible version of Evernote (v 3.3.5). So, while you won’t be able to take advantage of many of this update’s goodies just yet, you can still get excited about what awaits you come Monday. In addition to iOS4 support, this update also improves image handling on iPad and synchronization on all devices. Here’s a rundown of what’s new and notable:
Where was I?
iOS4 supports fast app switching, which means that whenever you leave an app, you’ll be able to return to where you left off. Evernote supports this feature, so you can leave the app while creating a note, viewing a note, doing a search, or just about anything else and you’ll come back to the same exact spot.
In the background
The new operating system allows applications to continue performing certain tasks even after the user exits the app. In Evernote’s case, the following operations can occur in the background:
- Download note headers: notebooks names, note titles, tags, and other meta data for the note list
- Sync new notes: the app will upload any new or edited notes that are in your pending queue
To ensure that Evernote does not hog your battery and bandwidth without your knowledge, the application does not perform the Premium offline notebook sync when the application is closed.
Audio notes now continue recording even when you leave the application. This is useful if you begin recording and audio note and need to reference something you have in another application. To end the recording, simply tap on the red Evernote bar to quickly return to Evernote.
About this release
Keep in mind, the iOS4 features will only be available on devices that support iOS4. Don’t fret if your device doesn’t run the new operating system, this update is full of under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements that will make using Evernote better for everyone.