new OS seems to arbitrarily close background apps

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by magicsoft, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. magicsoft macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2011
    Has anyone else noticed that apps they leave running in the background don't always seem to stay open in iOS 5?

    For instance, I have Words with Friends and I leave it open on a given game board. I go back to the home screen. I open the app and of course it goes right to the game board I had left it on -- most of the time.

    But I've noticed that sometimes (usually after it's been in the background for a few hours at least), when I open the app, it goes through its entire startup sequence, as if it had NOT been running in the background (as if I had specifically forced it to close from the task manager).

    I NEVER noticed this happen before iOS 5. Anyone else see this happening?

  2. diamond.g macrumors 603


    Mar 20, 2007
    I am fairly certain it has always done that. If you look at your diagnostic logs you will see that when the device runs low on memory it closes applications that aren't currently being ran. I believe it tries to close the application that are consuming the most RAM, but am uncertain.
  3. r2shyyou macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2010
    Paris, France
    I've noticed this but I don't think it's arbitrary, per se. The below is from another thread:

  4. darbyclash34 macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2007
    iOS has always done this, but it does feel like it's more aggressive in iOS 5. It actually is a good thing in my opinion, seems like it leads the device to feel faster most of the time.
  5. magicsoft thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2011
    wasn't aware of that

    I wasn't aware that it would do that due to memory, although it certainly makes sense. However, it still seems odd to me because this never happened to me before iOS 5 and I don't believe I am running any additional apps lately.

    But thanks for the replies and info.

  6. iWaldo macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2008
    I've noticed the same thing. Background apps seem to get quit more often.

    My best guess is that iOS 5 or some task specific to it is using more memory than iOS 4 used to.
  7. Xenomorph macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis

    On 256 Meg devices you have to close things more often. Waiting for the OS to close apps results in extra long waits when you least expect them (like opening the Camera).
  8. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    Definitely check the log.

    Safari is the main culprit on my iPhone 4 for causing a low memory situation.

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