Can iOS Handle Multitasking(iPhone)?

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  1. macher macrumors 65816

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    Was wondering if the reason why multitasking can't be offered is because iOS can't do it?
     
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  3. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Well that depends what you're classing as multitasking. Playing a game whilst your mail fetches in the background? Or running split screen applications?
     
  4. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    You have to be more specific. Do you mean pip? Split screen? Or simply two apps running simultaneously? The iPhone does the latter.
     
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    Very well I might add.
     
  6. macher thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I don't think the iPhone runs apps simultaneously. For instance when I'm listening to a song on YouTube and I get a text I can't respond to the text and listen to YouTube simultaneously / at the same time. Or if I'm listening to a training video and need to take notes when I leave the video to take notes and go back to the vid it stopped playing.
     
  7. Fuchal macrumors 68020

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    That's how Youtube is programmed, to upsell you to Youtube Red.

     
  8. macher, Feb 1, 2017
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    macher thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Can be done on Android without RedTube.

    Is iOS on the iPhone capable of true multitasking?
     
  9. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    So download the program that actually supports it. You're talking about Google's refusal to add background music support, I use ProTube instead.

    iOS has had multitasking for years.
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    What is "true multitasking"?

    If you're talking about side by side apps, no, because it's an awful UI on such a small screen. iOS does support it in the form factors that it makes sense however.
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    ....You realize Google develops Android and put explicit support for background audio in Youtube on their own platform but has refused to do so on iOS right? This is not an iOS problem, it's Google's.
     
  10. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Android is made by Google and Google owns YouTube. Google Maps also didn't have turn-by-turn navigation in iOS 5, yet it did on the Android OS of the time. That didn't mean to say an iPhone wasn't able to have that feature, or iOS couldn't handle it; Google just didn't implement it.

    An Android phone doesn't have iMessage, but that's not the fault of Android. You'll find that exclusivity helps encourage people to stay in a certain ecosystem.

    If you want to listen to music on YouTube while doing other things, access YouTube in Safari. When you exit Safari, swipe up and press the Play button. This will continue playing the music.
     
  11. macher thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Not asking about YouTube specifically was just an example.

    Can iOS in the iPhone handle true multitasking. NOT having apps opened but they aren't running like on the iPhone.
     
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    You're the best, didn't know that trick, thank you! :)
     
  13. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Provide an actual example of what you're asking then, you have a funny definition of multitasking.
     
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    Yes, it can. For example, you can listen to music, have maps give you driving directions, have an application uploading photos to the cloud and browse a website all at the same time

    What iOS doesn't allow is uncontrolled multitasking and apps that want to multitask have to follow specific rules. This is to prevent a runaway app killing your battery
     
  15. macher thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I consider multitasking split screen. Of course it can be done by jail breaking but it's not stock.
     
  16. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    So no, iOS on iPhone can not do split screen (because it's a terrible UI decision, not because the OS in incapable of it). iOS definitely can, because the iPad does it and has the screen size where it's not a stupid design choice.
     
  17. macher, Feb 1, 2017
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    Why is it a terrible and stupid design? I think we should at least have the choice and if one thinks it's stupid and terrible then don't use it. It's not stupid and terrible on the Pixel XL. It's such a basic feature.
     
  18. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    There's been years worth of back and forth on this topic. Search for them.

    The redundant question you've asked has been answered, I'm not going to go any further in debating bad UI design or whether user's should be able to opt-in to bad design.
     
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    To the OP: the iPhone doesn't handle multi-tasking the same way as Android...at least not completely.

    Certain functions/apps can be simultaneously executed irrespective of each other, but not all.

    So for example, you can play Spotify in the background while browsing in Safari.

    Your question should be more specific...did you have particular apps in mind that you would want to ask if Apple supports running simultaneously?
     
  20. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Seems like until this post you were talking about multitasking as it relates to apps being able to do things in the background while you are perhaps doing other things. Now it's about split-screen. Those are related but different things.

    iOS has slit-screen support, but so far only for iPads (as they have more screen area). iOS also has multitasking support where apps can do things simultaneously or in the background, but it works within certain guidelines and in some ways a little differently compared to Android, for example, as various posts have pointed out in more detail.
     
  21. borgsauce macrumors regular

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    Even the regular Youtube app on Android doesn't play in the background. I recently switched from Nexus and I know for a fact that as soon as you minimize the Youtube app it puts whatever you were viewing on Pause. Same as on iOS, it's a limitation set from Google. It could be done for instance on Android if you're rooted and same can be said for iOS if it's jailbroken. Also with regards to split screen you have to understand that Android apps are designed to work on different screen dimensions unlike iOS apps that were made specifically for the limited no of iDevices. That makes it difficult as split screen would mean having the ability to resize split screen ratio.
     
  22. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    That's the whole gist of Android.
     
  23. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    I've actually liked the Material Design overall. I'll never use Android because I don't like Google as a company, but design wise it's night and day better than where it was during the honeycomb days.
     
  24. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    At it again:rolleyes:

    You have been around here long enough to know what the iPhone will or will not do.
     

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