Why no multi-tasking for iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by SchneiderMan, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    Maybe I missed the answer to this but why did the iPhone get multi-tasking and the iPad did not?
    Why not add this simple function?
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    1) It's not at all simple. It's complex

    2) It's coming in Q3 when the iOS 4 update is released for the iPad.
     
  3. celticpride678

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    It will be coming in iOS 4. iOS 4 will be released in the fall for the iPad.
     
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  5. cleric macrumors 6502a

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    Cause people using iPads aren't capable of doing multiple things at the same time. :p
     
  6. BigHungry04 macrumors 6502

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    Hey look over there a squirrel!
     
  7. wolfpackfan macrumors 68000

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    Surely, you're kidding. Anyone who know's anything about the iPad and iOS, knows the iPad isn't getting iOS 4 until the Fall.
     
  8. HiRez macrumors 603

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    Multitasking "simple", LOL. You are obviously not a programmer :rolleyes: It's one of the more complex problems in software development, especially for mobile devices. Adding it is one thing, making it work well is another.
     
  9. SchneiderMan thread starter macrumors G3

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    I feel stupid, yes I now remember this from the keynote lol.
    Thanks!
     
  10. Piggie macrumors 604

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    Well, it's not really multitasking so not quite the same.

    It only really just freezes an app and allows you to switch to another app, then when you move back to the frozen app it restarts it where it was.

    Which is handy, but not exactly multitasking like we had as far back as the Amiga with only a 8 Mhz cpu.
     
  11. JordanNZ macrumors 6502a

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    This isn't entirely true....
     
  12. wyneken macrumors regular

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    But still, it's cool to know there are still Amiga aficionados out there. I feel great nostalgia for the old BBS threads about the great Mac killer.
     
  13. Peterson8765 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a feeling why Apple is waiting until Fall to released iOS 4 for the iPad, it will be kick ass.
     
  14. holyjohn macrumors regular

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    Huh, I missed it. Where? Where???? :eek:
     
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  16. Piggie macrumors 604

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    If Apple had owned Amiga and Commodore has owned the Mac. I think Apples history would have been a lot more exciting :)
     
  17. aimee25 macrumors member

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    Eh... Now what was I looking for again...ooooh shiny iPad.
     
  18. arctic macrumors 6502a

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    This and its previous post made me spew coffee all over my mac.
     
  19. Bozola macrumors regular

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    My iPad is so fast.. you mean it's not multitasking?
     
  20. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a

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    To get the benefit of multitasking with the upcoming iOS 4, does that mean current iPad owners simply update their iOS to version 4 when its released, or do you have to buy the next generation iPad hardware? I have a feeling you have to buy the next generation iPad.
     
  21. holyjohn macrumors regular

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    You are updating only the software so you don't need to buy the next generation iPad :)
     
  22. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a

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    Whew! Thanks. In reading the news about what may be offered in the next generation iPad hardware, looks to me that unless one wants a camera, gyroscope, etc., this first version should be fine for most people.
     
  23. huskerchad macrumors regular

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    This isn't accurate. There is full, pre-emptive multitasking, but developers have to take advantage of it (with background tasks, for example).

    It's true that apps don't just keep running in the background--but as has been pointed out in a variety of sources, this is a poor model for mobile devices with limited resources (including battery life).
     

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