"Free Memory 1.3"

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  1. iParis macrumors 68040

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  3. DMoney0023 macrumors member

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    what apps are closed when you hit the free memory key?
     
  4. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Not too sure, probably depends on if you were recently using them or if they're taking up unnecessary amounts of ram. Often, it won't close the app but instead will just shorten the amount of ram it takes up. For the longest time I've been using it I have not have a probably with it closing something I didn't want it to.
     
  5. rburly macrumors 6502a

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    I've been using this app since I found it as well.

    I like being able to see the battery charge percentage, but freeing up RAM was the extra part that made it a "must have" for me.

    I see it's currently the #1 Utility App, and up there among all apps.
     
  6. vandy1997 macrumors regular

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    If this is a top app, I hope that Apple realizes that (i) it needs to make a phone with more RAM, and (ii) it needs to make a Task Manager as an application on the phone!! I'm not sure why it missed the boat on so many basic aspects in terms of what a phone needs. I know that it wants to make everything simple, but different people use the phone differently. Some people just want it to make phone calls and send SMS messages, but others are power users, and the latter will need to close out apps at some point!! Therefore, there should be a Task Manager to close out specific apps or all apps. And for people who don't want a complicated process, the app should also have a button that just says "Free Up Memory" or something basic. If they tap that button, it will do what it can to clean up processes that are not being utilized. It's too bad that Apple wants to be so different from Microsoft that it won't include a Task Manager app with the phone. But that app can be useful often if the user is a power user. Hopefully some of these issues will be addressed in later iterations and generations of the iPhone!! However, this should have been done by now, as it's an issue that can be resolved for the most part through a software application!!
     
  7. FearlessFreep macrumors 6502a

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    NOTE TO FREE MEMORY USERS:

    The app's screen states that Apple is making them take the battery meter out for the next update. So that is going away when 1.4 is released.
     
  8. notintheleast macrumors 6502

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    Well that sucks. It was the only reason I had this app. I guess I'll stick to just iStat now, as it is better at freeing memory than this anyway...
     
  9. Lara F macrumors 6502a

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    Ugh - I won't want to update then, but it'll be annoying to have it listed in the App Store (and not be able to click on "update all"). :mad:
     
  10. Telp macrumors 68040

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    That will suck. But that's my favorite part of the app. That's why I keep it even though I have iStat.
     
  11. kwyn macrumors regular

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    How does this work????

    What can possibly be freed up????

    If this is a 3rd party app itself, then no other 3rd party apps are running? Right???

    The only thing that would be running would be like mail/phone/ipod???

    What am I missing here?
     
  12. chr1s60 macrumors 68000

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    That just means I won't be updating to the new version unless there are some great new features that I really want.
     
  13. WPB2 macrumors 6502a

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    Apple specifically bagged on the task manager idea on the iphone
     
  14. Saladinos macrumors 68000

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    Nope, they just need to plug the leaks in the APIs.
     
  15. Telp macrumors 68040

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    Look if you have any questions about the app, go to the
    HTML:
    http://recessionapps.com/Free_Memory_FAQ.html
    FAQ.
     
  16. rburly macrumors 6502a

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    I just saw a new app in the Store called "Memory and System Info" (no I'm not affiliated with them) that has used memory and free memory available along with the ability to "Free Memory", as well as disk capacity and used, and WiFi info.

    I don't need this because I have Free Memory and iTunes tells me of my storage capacity. I also see in their second screenshot that it shows running processes as well.
     
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    It seems like the marketing for this kind of app is growing. Not to mention they have a Wifi connect feature :cool:
    I still haven't tried any of these yet, reviews reviews reviews...
     
  18. Slipg macrumors newbie

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    This app is basically a scam.

    The app uses up all the excess memory on the device to cause the program to throw a low memory warning, and free the memory.

    Every app should have this behavior built in, without the developer doing anything. There is no reason to buy this app.
     
  19. yalag macrumors 65816

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    This guy speaks the truth. Too bad he is making $12000 a day. He retires in a month thanks to stupidiy of the average user.
     
  20. Slipg macrumors newbie

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    I know. Color me bitter. A very rich man for about twenty minutes of work.
     
  21. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I noticed that too. But it does free memory on stuff other than the app.
    Actually, I've never seen Free Memory get any memory freed.
    A reason it probably takes up so much is because it has to go into the OS and pull out all the processes.
     
  22. Slipg macrumors newbie

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    Well, yeah, but it's the the Free Memory app that's doing that. It's the iPhone OS, when the memory warning is called.

    When you press the button, free memory will start to allocate lots of junk data, until a memory warning happens, and all that memory is released, and the iPhone OS reacts and stops apps too, so that the free memory app can continue to run.

    So, every other program will give the same warning, and cause the iPhone OS to do the same thing. It happens when the system needs it. Using this free memory app causes it to happen when the system does not need that memory.

    As to listing the processes, there is one C command that gives you the running processes. Really, this app should not have taken more than twenty minutes to develop, and it serves no real purpose.
     
  23. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    You mean in the future. For the time being the battery percentage is really helpful.
     
  24. Slipg macrumors newbie

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    That may be of dubious usefulness. Batteries are a very old technology. I don't think there is a currently useful way to accurately determine the amount of power left in a battery. To be accurate you need to take into account the battery age, temperature, discharge, and discharge-charge cycle history. I'm fairly sure the phones API doesn't do that. And that's why it only measures to about five or ten percent. That may be whey Apple keeps that API hidden. Because it's only so accurate, and they currently display the most reliable information available. If free memory is displaying it to one percent accuracy, you can bet it has a margin of error of five to ten percent.
     
  25. rburly macrumors 6502a

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    Free memory usually shows me with 20+-40+% memory available, so I usually don't need to free memory. Occasionally I get below 20% and I free it up, but as I said, usually not.

    I can confirm that the battery level indicator will be gone in version 1.5. I got this today:

    Hi,

    Yes, the battery level will be removed in version 1.5. However, version 1.5 will contain a Game Mode that will allow freeing more than 35 MB of memory and the crashing/hanging/resetting problem when memory was less than 4 MB will be fixed. If Apple allows us to show the battery level, we'll add it back in.

    Thanks.

    RecessionApps Support.
     

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