Will Apple Address The Multitasking Issue With iPhone OS 4.0?

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number1punjabi

They've implemented multi-tasking on the iPad so let's just hope they do it on the new iPhone. I jailbroke my iPod touch and use backgrounder to multi-task, but it drains my battery and at times crashes the system.

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The iPhone/iPod Touch & iPad DO USE MULTITASKING. The iPhone OS manages what applications/services can run in the background, largely due to limited resources (screen size, CPU) and to conserve battery life (which on the iPhone is already poor, so why make it worse?). If anyone here has ever used anything with Windows CE/Mobile (good riddance) on it, you may remember constantly closing background apps to conserve CPU resources in a user environment that is impossible to multitask across apps due to limited ability to do two things at once anyways. The other reason is for security reasons: to prevent malicious software from doing whatever it wants in the background while other apps are running.

All that is required is more push notification apps, or perhaps a better way to implement/enrich notifications. Multiple apps running simultaneously would also mean the need for an Expose or maybe even Spaces analogs.

The iPhone is popular because it does a limited number of things in a simple & elegant way. If you add too much clutter, it would distract from how enjoyable these devices (NOT computers) are to use. The same applies to the iPad since it uses the same user environment.

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Rigelian

I use the Nexus One. Multitasking can raise some issues, however, there are Android applications that make it rather easy to detect what is running and shut them down or if you choose, automatically shut down some apps and not others. Or if you want you can adopt the apple model and have them shutdown all apps running in background. They're not very klunky.

Here's the question, what if one wants to listen to baseball, npr, pandora, in the background while checking email or surfing? There are some of us who like to do such things, and they're not all geeks. As you said before, multitasking exists for some apps on iphone, all apple apps. It's kind of hard for me to believe that Apple is the only company in existence that can think of making apps capable of multitasking that can bring some benefit to users. I think that applications such as Pandora, NPR, etc., are practically made for a multitasking environment.

I think that Apple, for competitive reasons, is going to extend multitasking to some third party applications. It may not be the free-for-all that is the Android environment, but it's likely to come in some Apple controlled form.

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jameskatt

The problem for multitasking is the need to EASILY be able to determine which apps are running and the need for a way to turn those apps off, particularly when one has a small screen.

This is not a simple problem. For example, on Android, there is no way to determine and select which app to turn off. One has to download and use a clunky Microsoft-Windows-like app to do this.

Multitasking is already possible with some apps on the iPhone. These are Apple's apps. These address most people's needs for multitasking. For example, one can talk on the phone and use any other app - such as a calculator app or a restaurant guide. One can already listen to iTunes music while using most other apps.

The need for multitasking is not there for the vast majority of iPhone users. Thus multitasking may not necessarily be high on the totem pole as a problem to solve. It is primarily a geek interest. Copy-and-Paste is a similar problem that Apple did not have to solve in a hurry since the vast majority of people do not need it to use the iPhone.

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SpaceTrucker

It may not be needed on devices such as the Touch and iPhone but, iPad has a real need for this sort of thing. Besides what good does it do to put a Dock at the bottom of the screen if it's of no real use. iPad Home Screen from Apple.com

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selio

Apple is going to allow the new iPhone, and posssibly the iPad to multitask, since they have the battery power to handle multitasking. The OG, 3G and 3GS models won't last long enough.

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its DLANTZ again....

While I agree that the lack of multitasking isnt as big an issue as others want it to be, but there are times when it would come in handy, such as the ability to reply to an SMS without closing the app I already have open...

SMS Quick reply has given me this feature on my jailbroken iPhone, but if Apple were to add this feature to the next OS update, that would be great!

If it were up to me, I would add very limited multitasking to the iPhone, like allowing messaging programs to run in the background while I surf the web, but not not the ability to have a game or whatever processor intensive app do the same.

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sbwolves72

I read these articles all over the web that the iPhone needs this feature, but i remain unconvinced. My iPhone 3gs is plenty speedy switching between apps and using only one at a time keeps me focused. having so many open at once is just overkill. We are already doing 14 things at once in our lives, giving me the ability to up that number is just not important to me.

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WaltFrench

“…i remain unconvinced.”There are some fairly simple, and obvious uses.;Fr'instance, I listen to Sirius Radio over my iPhone — especially their live opera and Jazz programs that are far removed from buying iTunes music. (I subscribed w/o ever getting a satellite receiver; works great.) But I can't surf or manage my email or anything else while doing so. Many others like similar arrangements with NPR Radio, Pandora, … Don't say it's weird to want your own choice of music while you do other things.Or how about keeping my Citrix session back to my corporate office while I check an item from my personal Mail, addresses, or whatever? While it's quick to start up most iPhone apps, not all of em start where you left off, and some, such as my Bloomberg trading tool, or remote access, SHOULD require secure logins that make switching downright cumbersome.I've seen the Pre dinged for lousy battery life due to having multiple apps running; the concern is real. And a big part of the iPhone security model is that it's damn near impossible to install keystroke loggers or other theftware. But that doesn't mean we don't have good reasons to want it.

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bazaarsoft

Oh, yeah, managing which apps are running on Android is soo intuitive.If Apple adds multitasking to the iPhone/iPod touch (and I'm not convinced they should), I hope it's in a much more user-friendly way. Digging around on my phone trying to figure out why my battery life sucks isn't my idea of a device that "just works".

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