Can't stand the IOS4 Multitasking

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Darwing, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. Darwing macrumors 6502

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    okay so ive previously used a Jailbroken multitasking app for my iphone before i upgraded to ios4. upgrading to iso4 i was happy to think that there would be a self sufficient stok multitasking that works seamlessly with the OS.

    Not only is this not real multitasking, but it doesnt save anything, it may as well just be shutting down the app and restarting almost everytime.

    Case and point: someone mesages me on msn messenger (ebuddy) with their number, so I minimize the ebuddy and add a new contact, but forget the last few digits of the number, so "multitask" to ebuddy to get the rest of the number and then "multitask" back to the contact add... NOPE it not only didnt save my spot of adding the contact it completely shut it down and acted like I just clicked contacts....

    This is prevalent in MANY of the apps, its not multitasking AT ALL, I'm tempted to downgrade and re-install MultiFl0w..

    how can apple get away saying this is true multitasking, its a mere "history" of what you had opened and doesnt even run in the background
     
  2. tico24 macrumors 6502

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    This is the fault of the app developer. They determine where the app's save points reside. I'd recommend that you write to the app developers in question and raise the defect.
     
  3. Mike225 macrumors 6502a

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    LOL I know. "Apple Multitasking" AKA "Task Switching"
     
  4. TruckdriverSean macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_0_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8A306 Safari/6531.22.7)

    If the app developer doesn't update their app to take advantage of the iOS4 multitasking features, then their app won't be doing any kind of multitasking.

    I think Apple figured most developers would be updating for iOS4 anyway, so why not. Unfortunately I've got apps that haven't seen an update since 2009, and others that just updated to be "iOS4 compatible", whatever that's supposed to mean.

    Irritating, but that's the way it is I guess. I just switch to apps that are up to date when possible. (r u listening skype?)
     
  5. FSMBP macrumors 68020

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    Apps have to been rewritten to take advantage of multitasking. Those apps would specifically say they can multitask (as a developer would want to mention this feature).

    For example: You can't use an App released in March of 2010 in multitasking as iOS 4.0 (which has APIs for multitasking) wasn't released to developers.
     
  6. redscull macrumors 6502a

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    I hate when people say this in response. I have the same problem as the OP with many apps, and you know what? All of the apps which interact poorly with iOS 4's multitasking are Apple's built-in apps, the ones that come with the phone. SMS, Contacts, Stock App, etc. These are all as un-multi-tasking as they always were, or in some cases, actually worse-off than they were prior to iOS 4.
     
  7. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Correct. Apple provided APIs to allow for multitasking and the developer must utilize them. If not, then the multitasking really just functions as a recents list.

    Is it true multitasking? I could probably argue both ways, but I don't think that was really the point of your post.
     
  8. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Apple never said it was true multitasking, you did.
     
  9. Pattycerts macrumors 6502

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    Yeah its pretty clear (if you read it) that he's talking about Apple's CONTACTS app, not e-buddy.
     
  10. TruckdriverSean macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_0_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8A306 Safari/6531.22.7)

    Ok, so "Contacts" jumps out of edit mode when switching apps. That's funny, but it seems it saves what you edited (or half-edited) and to return, just touch "edit" again?
     
  11. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Just because Apple makes the iPhones, doesn't mean they aren't using the same APIs as everyone else. They need to take advantage of their own features. Its known that all their apps have not yet been updated.
     
  12. WeegieMac Guest

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    Odd, my eBuddy works perfectly with iOS4's multi-tasking feature.

    I can double tap mid-conversation, go to Safari to check something, double tap again and return to where I was on eBuddy.
     
  13. ChazUK macrumors 603

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    http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html

    As your issue is with the contacts app, put in a suggestion you'd like to be able to jump right in where you left off when editing a contact.

    It can't hurt to let them know what is wrong. :)
     
  14. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    NO. You don't know.

    Apple has multitasking. The app developer has to write his app to run in the background. Whether it is for chatting or uploading content, the developer has to enable that in his app. This has nothing to do with switching between apps, which is, you know, switching between apps. Apple has enabled by default sleeping for apps, that's why when you switch to another app it opens at the same state it was before. This doesn't mean it was running in the background.
     
  15. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    Apple has been able to use multitasking in its Apps since iOS 1.0.
     
  16. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    NO. You don't know!

    The features the OP describes are not multitasking.

    Apple enables very little true multitasking in iOS.

    Fast App Switching isn't multitasking, nor is it "sleeping".
     
  17. Darwing thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes the apple made own apps don't even "multitask" properly, it's a damn shame they claimed to multitask.

    Computer multitasking - the apparent simultaneous performance of two or more tasks by a computer's central processing unit

    This is not apparent in even their own apps such as contacts.

    And I wasn't the one who said "multitasking" they were it is all over their website!
     
  18. Statusnone88 macrumors 65816

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    This. I still like this a lot better then what we had before (going from my iPhone 4 to my iPad is ********** miserable) but it's still pathetic to depend on the developers to update their apps.
     
  19. dojoman macrumors 65816

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    Even if you get true multitasking you'd be bitching now about battery life. Which one do you prefer? Shorter battery life or real multitasking?
     
  20. Statusnone88 macrumors 65816

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    Considering as iphone users we have SO MANY CHARGING OPTIONS... I'd take true multitasking.

    Seriously, I can plug my phone into any outlet, my computer, my docks, my car...
     
  21. Cynikal.Mindset macrumors 6502a

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    why not just copy the number via "copy/paste" in ebuddy and then just paste in in contacts...why use your head to remember??

    side note...I can half edit a contact, leave the screen and come back and its still where I was...the "multi-tasking" function seems to work pretty well I think...
     
  22. MCRunning macrumors 6502

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    This.
     
  23. kepner macrumors 6502

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    That's why they didn't call it "backgrounding".

    I'm think listening to Pandora, receiving GPS directions, and typing a text message all at the same time qualifies as multitasking. The fast-app switching is just an illusion, sure. But it works great (with apps that support it correctly).
     
  24. rans0m00 macrumors 6502

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    Not going to read every post but Apple already said its not true multi-tasking some apps can run in the background but the app has to be developed to. <rant>I wish they would allow us to disable what programs can be in that little bar though. Its pointless I can scroll through the list of more or less closed apps slower than I could just click on the icon on my screen and get the same result</rant>
     
  25. Brandon3003 macrumors member

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    Same here... I don't seem to have the same problem the OP does.
     

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