iPhone OS 4.0 To Bring Multitasking

March 12, 2010 by Ryan Ray 

Can you believe it is already time for the 4th iteration of the iPhone OS? We celebrated and rejoiced when we finally received copy and paste in iPhone 3.0, so what’s going to make 4.0 special? Of course the rumor mills are churning and churning as the time for a new iPhone and new software is getting near.

The big feature that seems like everyone wants is multi tasking, surprised? Nope, I wasn’t either. The iPhone already does some multi tasking in the background. You can continue to play music from the iPod app as you do other things. Also email is always running, it checks to see if you have mail based either on push notifications or different time intervals you already setup in the settings. So why aren’t people happy with this, and what will true multi tasking look like?

Both of those questions I’d love to know the answers to. Obviously the idea behind true multi tasking would be to be able to keep any apps that you wanted to running while checking out other apps. I’d guess and hope that Apple puts a limit on the number of open apps based on battery life and resources of the phone itself. It doesn’t have a ton of RAM nor does it carry any Core 2 Duo processors. I do expect the next iPhone for summer 2010 to be pretty beefed up if Apple is going to drop multi tasking on us. Let’s just speculate that you can have up to 5 3rd party apps open at a time. The next question is how does the iPhone go about handling this. There are some big interface questions to be asked. The current way the iPhone handles something like this is to push the screen down and have a colored bar across the top. That happens when you are on a call and hit the home ¬†button, or when you are tethering.¬†Other ways include being able to tap the home button twice to bring up the iPod controls.

If there was true multi tasking a new interface for switching and closing the open apps would be necessary. I have faith in Apple since they are some of the best user interface designers out there. Apple has already bagged on Microsoft for their horrible task management, so it’s going to have to be great. It’ll be interesting to see if Apple brings multi tasking what kind of pretty interface they are going to wrap it in, and just how it works in general is going to be another problem that Apple will have to solve.

We all want multi tasking, but is it truly necessary? I love my iPhone and we’ve all made it thus far without any major multi tasking. I don’t ever think to myself, dang I wish I could just switch apps. But maybe this is one of those situations where Apple needs to tell me what I want? I’d love to hear your opinions on multi tasking and why you want. Drop a comment below and start the discussion! Thanks for reading.

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