iPad do we need true multi tasking in ios?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by rowspaxe, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2010
    An interesting feature of windows 8 is true multi-tasking. Unfortunately MS has decided upon a weird 1/4-3/4 fixed split screen ratio that is not greatly useful, despite the ability of win 8 apps to wrap within the 1/4 screen space. I think true multi tasking in ios would be very useful. Imagine having an ocw video and pdf app opened side by side. Do you see true multitasking coming to the small screen, or is it somehow not aligned with ios's emphisis on functional simplicity
  2. macrumors 68040

    Jul 18, 2011
    I have yet to find a legitimate use for true multitasking in my iPhone or iPad. Can anyone provide some examples of how it might be useful or practical?
  3. macrumors 65816

    Apr 21, 2004
    Hope not. It kills my battery life and I'm not about to "quit apps" on my phone or ipad, or else my battery will die fast. I means do out browsers need to work on the background? I like how curtain apps have access to multi-tasking but quits intelligently when you stop using it, ie podcasting apps I use. I don't have to clear memory and all that. Same thing with GPS related apps that can run in the background but quit when not actively using it to navigate so you don't waste your battery life.


    If u use am alternative gps mapping, music, and some downloading services such as downloading apps or movies from the rotten tomatoes app... It's limited and it quits when your not using it. I think it's the best solution given the technology we have and the limits to battery life.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2011
    That's a very good question. "Need" is a strong word. There have been times I've wanted the ability to do more than one thing at a time.

    This may sound petty, but I can't listen to my own music while playing Jurassic Park builder.
  5. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Watching Hulu while browsing the web.

    Researching something in a browser while typing in another app.

    Side by side apps are very handy.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2010
    being able to play video whilst you browse the internet should be considered a basic human need ;-)

    my galaxy s3 does this really well. I can't understand why they don't allow it on my ipad mini
  7. macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2010
    Very handy for things like Colloquy. Your conversations don't log in the background.
  8. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    In one sense its probably not needed in a tablet but yet in another I saw how the Galaxy note II was doing it and was very impessed.

    For instance, you're watching a video and someone texts you, you can set the video to a window and keep it playing while you switch to the message app and respond to the text.

    Is this a real world possibility, maybe, maybe not but its cool.

    My $.02 is I really don't think I've felt a need to have full multitasking in iOS, other then background music playing while I do other things on my iphone, iPad
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2003
    The only multitasking I'd definitely want to see is the ability to watch any type of video while doing something else in a different app or just browsing through the homescreen. A true Picture-In-Picture-Out feature would be welcomed! I hope Apple does this soon. Sucks not being able to do this.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    Obviously you've never tried to type a research paper on an iPad. Pointless having Internet based research like journal databases on an iPad unless you intend to handwrite and waste time typing again.

    There are plenty of use cases. I'm sure you've used two programs on a Mac/PC before so it shouldn't be too hard to fathom.
  11. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 10, 2006
    I would need multitasking before I switched back to iPhone for sure. Guess what, for those out there that don't use it, you don't have to! If it's there to be used by those that want it then all the better. Just because people don't need a certain feature doesn't mean it shouldn't be available, I would want a larger screen first though, there's no way I'm multitasking on the comparatively tiny 4" display.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2004
    Manchester, UK
    Surely the answer to that is - don't?
  13. macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2011
    I personally hate multi-tasking. I am an iPod touch 4g user and I would like to see the option to disable multi-tasking completely as all I use it for is to bring up the menu to close the app I was using. I rarely even find myself multi-tasking on the computer let alone. When I do something like play Minecraft; I usually close the browser then open Minecraft leaving no programs open. I think multi-tasking on a mobile device in anyways is worthless. Why would I need to play Angry Birds and open my e-mail at the same time? No reason at all; it is just completely worthless to me and I wish I could disable multi-tasking so I don't have to remember to close apps and waste valuable resources. So a simple answer is NO it is not needed at all.
  14. macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    I don't think true multi-tasking is as big a deal as it could be. What iOS needs is a true task scheduler that apps can use however, and some more backgrounding APIs.

    For example, I want a podcast app to download content overnight while my phone is connected to wifi without me having to get involved or even have the app running. That should be possible.
  15. macrumors 68040


    May 10, 2010
    Would be really great for having a browser and Pages/Keynote together on one screen ; or similar apps; helpfull for all kind of content creation with referencing to other system for information gathering
  16. macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    When your device has 256mb of ram and a 800Mhz Cortex A8 (your ipod) i can see why one would be turned off to multitasking. With more horespower though, it really is handy. And if you don't want it. You don't have to use it. It is silly that apple doesn't have an option to turn it off though.


    I guarantee when Apple updates iOS to be able to do real multitasking. It will be treated as if it's the second coming of Christ.

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