Do you really think Steve Jobs will allow multi-tasking on OS 4.0?

Multi-tasking on OS 4.0, will Steve Jobs allow it?

  • Yes, we will finally see multi-tasking on OS 4.0

    Votes: 85 55.2%
  • Nope. There will be no multi-tasking on OS 4.0, either!

    Votes: 69 44.8%

  • Total voters
    154
  • Poll closed .

agkm800

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Personally, I don't think Jobs will allow it on OS 4.0, either.

What say you?
 

MikhailT

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Personally, I don't think Jobs will allow it on OS 4.0, either.

What say you?
I believe 4.0 will have multitasking for iPad only, it's powerful enough to be able to handle it. I just think they are taking forever with 4.0 because they want to get the iPhone OS on iPad first before overhauling 4.0 for it.
 

agkm800

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You didn't put an option for "not sure" in your poll! :(
No offense, but I thought "not sure" people don't even need to vote. I am only interested in people's yes or no. I wouldn't even have asked the question if I just wanted to hear "not sure".
 

stridemat

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Imho

I think 4.0 will allow multi-tasking, but I also see the iPhone getting a faster processor in the next upgrade, which will be capable of multi-tasking. Multi-tasking will be the big selling point this year.
 

MikhailT

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I think 4.0 will allow multi-tasking, but I also see the iPhone getting a faster processor in the next upgrade, which will be capable of multi-tasking. Multi-tasking will be the big selling point this year.
CPU isn't the problem. Even current iPhone is well capable of multi-tasking as shown with jailbreaking. It's the memory capacity as well as having an optimized API hooks for third party applications.
 

colmaclean

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I believe 4.0 will have multitasking for iPad only, it's powerful enough to be able to handle it. I just think they are taking forever with 4.0 because they want to get the iPhone OS on iPad first before overhauling 4.0 for it.
They're not really taking forever with 4. iPhone OS 2 was announced in March 2008 and 3 in March 2009. I guess 4 will be coming soon...

I think 4.0 will allow multi-tasking, but I also see the iPhone getting a faster processor in the next upgrade, which will be capable of multi-tasking. Multi-tasking will be the big selling point this year.
Agreed, it would be just like Apple to suddenly announce multitasking as the most "amazing" feature having pretty much ignored it for years.

I wonder what the chances are that you'll need this year's iPhone to use multitasking, too!
 

bobob

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I voted no. I believe the lack of multitasking is an OS design choice based on a philosophy of ease of use. Simplicity.

Here's an interesting article on uni-tasking.

It really comes down to controls and simplicity. If you have multitasking in place, you need to put controls on the device, or use parts of the multitouch screen for controls that manage the multitasking.
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The whole screen and functionality of the device (yes yes, with some exceptions) is given over to you once the user starts your app. No gestures are reserved for switching apps, no menu will cover what you put on the screen. It’s all yours, once the user has given you the go by launching your app, and asked you to transform their iphone into a car key, a GPS device, a camera, a todo list application or a koi pond.
 

VenusianSky

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Aug 28, 2008
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CPU isn't the problem. Even current iPhone is well capable of multi-tasking as shown with jailbreaking. It's the memory capacity as well as having an optimized API hooks for third party applications.
Right on.

However, if Apple does implement multi-tasking in 4.0, I would not be surprised if they limit that functionality to the iPad and the next iPhone.
 

marksman

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My suggestion for multitasking has always been to allow people to slot one or two apps to be run in the background.

I think you will see a modified solution like that eventually. I don't know if they will just open it up for people to run 20 apps at once any time soon.
 

sassenach74

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As much as I'd like to see it implemented (well) I don't think we will see it, not in the sense that we think of it now anyway. I'd be willing to eat my words though.
 

JonHimself

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I'd even be happy if it was limited multitasking - as in you could only have 2,3, whatever apps running at the same time. I really just want to be able to stream music (sirius, slacker, simplify, etc) while doing something else.
 

pvmacguy

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I do think multitasking is coming... It took apple a while for push notifications for the iphone so multitasking will come.. :)
 

njvan

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Doubt it. Even having a few pages in Safari open on my 3GS can cause hangs.
 

MythicFrost

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I don't see multi-tasking ever coming to the iPhone OS, unless there is some way of freezing a state of an application and resuming it from where it was. I think that had been posted here as an idea, it's the only way I can think multi-tasking would ever work.
 

greygray

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Hopefully so. Multi-tasking is as long-desired by users as cut, copy and paste. So hopefully Apple addresses this and gives us multitasking in 4.0. Nobody knows for sure, though.
 

Niiro13

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Doubt it. Otherwise it would only be on the iPad with the touch bezel...if not, then it'd pretty much impossible to implement without changing anything else, interfering with third party applications, and making it easy and intuitive.

Backgrounder is definitely perfect for what I need. However taking another think at how it's done...doesn't look at all what Apple would implement when thinking about everyone.

Apple could technically get away with a four finger swipe as I don't know of any application that uses that, but you never know.
 

fishmoose

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I'd even be happy if it was limited multitasking - as in you could only have 2,3, whatever apps running at the same time. I really just want to be able to stream music (sirius, slacker, simplify, etc) while doing something else.
This is what I want, I hope Apple will work something out. Streaming radio while browsing the web would be cool.