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AppleInsider reports that it has received information from sources claiming that iPhone OS 4.0, likely scheduled for release later this year alongside new handset models, will support multitasking by allowing multiple applications to run simultaneously. The report, however, offers no details on how this will be implemented beyond noting that it will take advantage of interfact technology used in Mac OS X.
People with a proven track record in predicting Apple's technological advances tell AppleInsider that the Cupertino-based company has developed a "full-on solution" to multitasking on the iPhone OS but offered no specifics on how the technology would optimize resource conservation and battery life -- two of the most critical issues surrounding the matter, alongside security.

From a user-facing perspective, Apple plans to deliver a multi-tasking manager that leverages interface technology already bundled with its Mac OS X operating system, according to those same people. It was requested that specifics be withheld at this time, as the iPhone Software 4.0 remains under development and reportedly has a quite 'way to go' before it's ready for prime time.
A separate report several months ago indicated that iPhone OS 4.0 will include multitasking, although the OS was at the time expected by some to be introduced at Apple's late January media event where it introduced the iPad.

Apple last year implemented Push Notifications as a means to allow applications to offer information to users without requiring that they be running.

Article Link: More Claims of Multitasking in iPhone OS 4.0
 

Zeos

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One approach looked at (according to my subcontractor friend) is that active apps would have a small indicator on their respective icon, but that there would also be a set of pages reserved solely for apps that are active so that you don't have to search. This set of pages would be accessed by flicking up or down to go to the "active app" set of pages.
 

trip1ex

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Jan 10, 2008
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Jobs is giving us permission to like multi-tasking now. Go out and spread the word.
 

Stately

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I'm growing tired of playing guessing games. Maybe I would be a little more excited if after such long waits for releases, that the products actually included the things a majority of people want. The last two Apple releases, have honestly disappointed me greatly. Ipad is bringing a little tear to my eye, sheesh and not one of joy . .
 

Santabean2000

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I hope they get it right, because battery life sucks as it is already.

Should be good upgrade from 3G!:D
 

dashiel

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i wonder what the iphone/ipad haters will move on to as their primary complaint if this is true?
 

coolpal

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Oct 27, 2006
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Glad I skipped the 3GS. Can't wait for the new iPhone!

I was glad I skipped the 3G and went straight to 3Gs from 2G... but I would have been pissed to skip 3Gs, especially, couldn't live with that laggy everything for this long.. might have jumped the ship to android or something.

pal :)
 

coolpal

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i wonder what the iphone/ipad haters will move on to as their primary complaint if this is true?

maybe customizable themes or something similar... how about an FM radio... there's no shortage of complaints. I love my iPhone tho' :)
 

jholzner

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Why? You missed out on over a year's use of the 3gs, and any new OS will work on the 3gs as well - it's a software feature.

Well, there's no way of knowing if Apple will allow this feature for previous models or only the newest one. Kind of like MMS, Video recording, Voice dialing all being excluded from the original iPhone (and some of those from the 3G even).
 

Dae

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Apr 30, 2009
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Voting "negative". Who needs multitasking anyway? iPhone is all about simple interface!

...


(just kidding :D)
 

AliClifton

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hmmm no thanks, my iphone 3g sometimes stutters/struggles to play high bit rate music and check my emails/texts

Wouldn't want multi tasking until there's some (even)better hardware in the iphone
 

coolpal

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Bah. Never missed multi-tasking, probably won't use it when it arrives.

Good for you.. but maybe you'll discover how valuable it is when apple finally releases it. I for one really miss the ability to play pandora while playing FlightControl or browsing the internetz :(
 

dwd3885

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If this is true, it's about time. Now I'm sure Apple and fanboys will start talking about how multitasking is awesome instead of, 'it kills your battery mr. nexus one'. It's amazing how we will see people instantly switch their opinion on this just because apple seems to be finally doing it.
 

TheSpaz

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I was glad I skipped the 3G and went straight to 3Gs from 2G... but I would have been pissed to skip 3Gs, especially, couldn't live with that laggy everything for this long.. might have jumped the ship to android or something.

pal :)

Your iPhone didn't have to be laggy... you just chose to install 3.0 on it. I'm running 2.2.1 on my iPhone 3G and it's smooth as butter.

Just saying. You don't HAVE to have lag.
 

0098386

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i wonder what the iphone/ipad haters will move on to as their primary complaint if this is true?

There's plenty to "hate on" with the iPad, but yea this is a big boost for the iPhone if true. So long as it doesn't impact performance of other applications or the battery that is.
 

dmcaudio

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Feb 10, 2010
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I can already multitask on my iphone 2G

Just install Backgrounder from Cydia. It does it wonderfully and it's easy to toggle for an app to run in the background, and easy to toggle it to close.

APPLE: Don't re-invent the wheel. Take a bucket of gold, give it to the Backgrounder app maker, take his code, and use it. No problems.
 
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