Errr, what? Music and surfing - multitasking Q

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  1. MacHiavelli macrumors 6502a

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    Hey

    Got a few Macs, but not an iPod/iPhone (yet).

    Have read people say that you can't multitask with the iP-family products.

    So if I get an iPod Touch, or iPhone or iPad, I can't surf the net whilst listening to music? I can't read a book on the iPad whilst listening to tracks?

    Really?

    Sorry if this is a dumb question. Just seems too illogical to be true.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You can listen to music and browse the web on the iPod touch.
     
  3. diabolic macrumors 68000

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    You can listen to your iTunes music and run safari at the same time.

    I'm sure you'll get a response complaining they can't listen to music using Pandora while surfing.
     
  4. MacHiavelli thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    At the same time? Hurrah!!!!!!!!!! ;-)

    Thanks for the answer. What do people mean then when they say you can't multitask?
     
  5. diabolic macrumors 68000

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    Currently, third party apps can't multitask. You can run the Apple apps while listening to music.
     
  6. MacHiavelli thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Many thanks. It makes sense to be able to ;-)
     
  7. MacHiavelli thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Again, many thanks for the help - appreciate the answer.

    Now I have to decide on iPod/Pad/Phone.

    Cheers :D
     
  8. cakbar macrumors regular

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    I'm sure you know this, but for the thread starters benefit, you can also listen to your iPod music while running most third party apps, it doesn't have to be just Apple apps. You just can't run third party apps simultaneously with each other.
     
  9. Mr.Goodbar macrumors member

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    well i would recommend getting the phone or ipod because really? who needs to carry around the ipad when you can do all of the same stuff on the phone/touch
     
  10. daze macrumors 6502

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    Why make a choice -- get all three. ;)
     
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  12. TheAshMan macrumors regular

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    Good question and good answers.

    Perhaps we should point out the reason that Apple does this is for the stability, reliability and security of the device. "Multitasking" on any computing device demands more resources from the hardware which is no big deal on today's powerful computers, but on such a small computing device with more limited resources like the iPhone which runs on a battery that could be problematic. The more processes and threads running simultaneously the more likely the device is to perform poorly, have apps crash, and the battery will run out of power sooner. Over the years our group has tested numerous devices like Pocket PC/Windows mobile which allow you to multitask and the battery life is a joke. Simply put, restricting what can run increases the stability and performance of what IS running on a device and increases battery life. Rememb that the thing also runs wireless communications for voice and data all the time (amazing what we have in small devices these days) those are major tasks.

    Apple has thus far chosen this route so that things are simpler, run better, and last longer. That being said you can still listen to your music or talk on the phone while doing other things on the phone. Say, look up a map while talking. Others like Palm Pre and Android allow unlimited multitasking which is fine and suits some people better, but I don't really care about doing so much at one time on a small device. I think it is a bit silly to be honest, I mean how much can you do on a 3" screen? It is a legitimate requirement for some to be sure, but I think you can make a pretty good case that the restriction is a feature and not a flaw.

    Everyone else is copying the iPhone in Apple's wake and that complaint just doesn't hold water for me. It is an amazing device and they absolutely smoked every one else with it, even Blackberry.

    Missing Copy/Paste was a huge hole in the iPhone, now THAT was a true flaw.
     
  13. MacHiavelli thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't know that - much appreciated. Getting better all the time. :D
     
  14. MacHiavelli thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Think I will wait and see what an iPad is like. I nearly always carry a messenger bag as I carry a camera and book most of the time, so slipping an iPad in that would be okay. Like the idea of a bigger screen to read books on and to type into iWork. Could be perfect for me.
     
  15. MacHiavelli thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have to save just to buy one . . . think I will need lady luck to smile on me to get all 3. :eek:
     
  16. MacHiavelli thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  17. MacHiavelli thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Can understand about preserving battery life. Makes complete sense.

    But glad I can listen to music/audiobooks/podcasts and read ibooks/email/the net at the same time.
     

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