IPhone 4 for health professionals

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The New iPhone 4
A comparison chart of iPhone features
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The iPhone4 was replaced by a major upgraded version of the iPhone in 2012, and is now called the "iPhone5." The current iPhone features two cameras, one on the back with an improved megapixel image capture, flash and high-definition (HD) video capture at 720p. A front-facing camera adds the ability to do video chatting/conferencing. An improved display brings higher resolution (960x480) and brighter colours. The iPhone 4 is 9.3 millimetres thin, 24% percent thinner than the 3GS. Steve Jobs calls the iPhone 4 the "thinnest smartphone ever."

Coinciding with the release of the new hardware, Apple will be releasing the fourth version of its operating system, iOS. The new iOS allows for multitasking and running more than one application at a time; this is generally seen to be of benefit for physicians and librarians (and regular users) -- especially those wanting to search, read and write at the same time. Apple applications can be organized into folders and the new iBooks bookstore (now only available on iPad) will be accessible to the iPhone 4. iPhone users (including those with 3G and 3GS iPhones) will be eligible for the upgraded iOS.

iPhone for research purposes

  1. Books and articles in academic libraries should be searchable via mobiles & smartphones
  2. Requests for library items should be able to be sent using QR Codes
  3. Any copies of articles should be easy to view or sent
  4. Abstracts and articles can be shared with colleagues, residents or medical students
  5. College textbooks for students - http://www.coursesmart.com/iphone
  6. Patient monitoring, x-ray viewing, charting are emerging trends

Mobile devices & librarians

App evaluation & web pathfinders

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