Caught out with Chrome Incognito and iOS 7

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by slink, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. slink macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2013
    Thought I'd post an interesting "issue" my 2yr old son discovered today on my iPad (and it's the same on the iPhone)...

    So I'm using Chrome on the iPad iOS 7 with an incognito tab (obviously planning a birthday party - what else would I possibly be doing? :p). I was using it in landscape mode. Finished what I was doing and closed the tab and put the iPad away for the night.

    Next day my son has it in portrait mode switching between apps, then while he is sitting next to me he turns it to landscape and goes to switch apps again (double press on the button) and WHOA!!! What the hell is that?! There is the image of my Chrome incognito tab before I closed it as the image for switching to the Chrome app!!! My son wonders what the hell he's seen and clicks on it, Chrome pops up and briefly displays the last contents of my incognito tab before it gets replaced with the current tab that is actually in Chrome. Not good!

    So, the buffer for the app switching images can hold an image of your last incognito tab for all to see. Just wanted to point that out, It has to do with changing orientation as you switch our of Chrome. You can replicate it:

    • In Chrome, go to a new incognito tab and load up a webpage for testing.
    • Turn the iPad to landscape mode if it isn't already.
    • Switch to any other app while in landscape.
    • Stay in landscape and switch back to Chrome using the double-click on the home button method - this puts the incognito tab contents into memory
    • Close the incognito tab
    • Stay in Chrome and put the iPad in portrait
    • Switch to any other app
    • Put the iPad in landscape mode
    • Switch to Chrome using double-home press... argh! The image of the incognito tab!
    • In Chrome it will load up a different tab but guess what...
    • Put the iPad in portrait
    • Switch to any other app
    • Put iPad in landscape mode
    • Switch to Chrome... It's still there! It could stay there for days until you switch out of Chrome and back into it while in landscape.

    Incidentally, you can do the same thing with keeping tab loaded in the portrait task manager, just reverse the orientations. It's not the orientation that matters, it's having the incognito in memory and then switching out of Chrome in a different orientation to that stored tab. Safari doesn't appear to have this problem.

    Fortunately my 2yr old didn't see much...
  2. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    When you say "Switch to Chrome" do you mean that the incognito tab you had previously closed reappears in the app or that the image cached by iOS in the Multitasking UI appears?

    I can't reproduce this on my iPhone 5 with iOS 7.0.2

    The part in bold:

    suggests that your iPad is running low on memory.
  3. c0LdFire macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2013
    No worries, he'll forget all about his surprise birthday party by the time the day comes!....
  4. bchery21 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 3, 2009
    Boston, MA
    That stinks man, now your son knows all about that cake fetish you have:D
  5. djtech42 macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2012
    West Chester, OH
    I've had this issue where old snapshots of the app show up in multitasking. When you go to the app it changes from the old snapshot to what is actually in the app.
  6. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006
    This is a pretty serious issue. Happened to me with Safari Private Browsing back in the beta days, haven't noticed it recently but the issue could still persist.

    iOS should be set to take the image from the app once you push the home button to close it. It seems like it takes the snaps preemptively which not only isn't as useful but can be dangerous.
  7. djtech42 macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2012
    West Chester, OH
    I think sometimes it doesn't take a snapshot if the device is running out of memory, which it shouldn't if iOS's multitasking system works. It's been really wonky for me.
  8. 7thson macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2012
    Six Rivers, CA
    Hey OP. don't sweat it. A 2 year old doesn't know what porn is.

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