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iOS 6 includes new multitasking for navigation apps in the background

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iOS 6 includes new multitasking for navigation apps in the background
On iOS 6 you can still get turn by turn directions at the top of the screen while you are texting

On iOS 6 you can still get turn by turn directions at the top of the screen while you are texting

Background multitasking first hit the Apple iPhone in iOS 4. For example, some navigation apps would continue to give turn-by-turn directions on iOS 4 in the background while you were on a call. Now, with iOS 6 coming, Apple has developed a way for you to continue to receive directions when you are using another app while Maps runs in the background.. Besides the "click to return" banner on the screen enabling users to quickly return to the Maps application, you will be able to view turn by turn directions in a street sign format at the top of the screen while another app runs below.

For example, you can start getting turn by turn directions and decide to send a text or play some music. While the messages are flying back and forth, the directions are still coming to you on your iPhone screen.. The beauty of  this kind of multitasking is that it doesn't have to be limited to Maps. Third parties can eventually use that real estate to provide urgent messages, updates, or other messages that an Apple iPhone user might need to know about right away, even while doing something else on the phone.

Battery concerns prevent Apple from offering unlimited multitasking and someday we wouldn't be surprised to see Apple allow you to respond to a text message without leaving the app you're currently viewing. For now, knowing that you can multitask while using Maps gives users the chance to navigate to a friend's house that you've never been to before, text the friend to tell him/her that you're in your car and on the way and put on some tunes to sing to while you're driving, all without missing one turn on the way.

sourced: AppleInsider

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posted on 12 Sep 2012, 00:11 19

1. mas11 (Posts: 1032; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


More android features for iOS though Apple did take it a step further.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 00:27 38

6. MeoCao (unregistered)


To echo the late Armstrong:

"One small step of Android, giant leap for iOS" LOL

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:39 1

21. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


OmG! was reading principles of Microeconomics when i read this......this gave me the break i needed. Good one! LMAO

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 02:18

35. renegade626 (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


A leap over android in a couple weeks, sorry to say

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:26

57. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Baseless statement.. should check your footing before making yourself look too foolish.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 00:44 8

9. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


and still stealing more and more:
goo.gl/04pud

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 02:28 7

38. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5493; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


iOS multitasking is "limited".

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 03:38 5

43. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


limited indeed... remember what Steve jobs said in 2007 when first iphone came out? i remember it well, "iOS multitasks.."

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 00:12 20

2. sumitk593 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


innovative but kind of copy of galaxy s3

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 00:22 8

3. Quezdagreat (Posts: 427; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


here we go, fandriods who cry copy.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 00:24 30

5. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Here we go, an ifanboy who cries about fandroids.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 00:45 5

10. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


deal with the reality, do you stand that?
goo.gl/04pud
;)

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 02:31 3

39. gregoryyy3 (Posts: 154; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


Here we go, another android fan trolling in apple posts..

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 09:40

54. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Trolling by providing facts? Do you know what is "trolling"? Do you know what is "to provide"? Do you know "anything"? :)

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 00:23 12

4. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I'm not sure that any Android phones have done this specific banner action first, though I remember even my Droid X continuing to give me the voice directions in the background if I had to do something else on the phone.

Looks like a good feature of the navigation app though. Now let's hope it still doesn't have people drive off bridges.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:10 3

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5921; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Or into the bay when there aren't a sufficient number of GPS satellites visible to get an accurate position.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 04:45 3

46. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Well, if iFans drive off bridges, then there'll be less iFans...
;D

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 00:31 6

7. Raptor9142 (Posts: 41; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


Previous release iJobs
Latest release iCopy

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 00:34 13

8. shamatuu (Posts: 148; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


Android already does that. Not new

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:01 3

11. Lift_Off (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


iOS does it better :)

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:12 10

13. whysoserious (Posts: 317; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


By what, faking multitasking?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:26 4

17. renegade626 (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


By multitasking, no... By being able to conveniently be abe to switch between apps and not have to constantly kill tasks snd clear ram like im the freaking rainman of cellphones just so my battery doesnt die half way through the day.. Yes

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 02:14 5

34. whysoserious (Posts: 317; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


What kind of Android are you reffering to, my friend, the Alpha version? I don't even have any task killer on my Android phone, nor kill any tasks manually cuz Android does the job.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 04:46 2

47. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Lol, you don't have to do that. All you do is just swipe away your apps when you're done. It's all in the recent apps menu and is probably the easiest thing to get to on your Android phone running 4.0 onwards. It's a great multitasking system.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:41

22. shamatuu (Posts: 148; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


so what still not new. doesn't matter if it does it better, besides why would you want to do anything else when driving to navigate. That will be a distraction if you are doing 2 things at one time.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:57 3

28. E.N. (Posts: 2357; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


lol, you guys are so ridiculous. I find it interesting that you don't care if it does it better, but who does it first.

As for distractions, obviously you shouldn't be driving and texting/web browsing,etc. but you could be using the music player while driving. People also walk to their destinations. And I have both given directions as a passenger and received directions as a driver. Use your imagination.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 02:01

29. renegade626 (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Um.. My last post has nothing to do with doing 2 things at once. And it completely matters if they do it better (why else is apple the most valuable company in history?). The article does not say they claim to be doing something completely new. What if this ends up being a way to make people less distracted when using gps because people are going to use it anyway?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 03:18

42. Mittal (Posts: 434; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


mayb the passenger with the driver will be using the phone

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:13

14. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Does this release fix the "Orientation Change Zoom Bug"?
On iOS4/5 userrs were told to hold the device correctly. For those who want to know what this BUG is all about pl refer:

http://filamentgroup.com/lab/a_fix_for_the_ios_orientationchange_zoom_bug/

Not known if Apple considers this as a Feature so kept refusing to fix it. So is this fixed in iOS6?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:21 3

15. renegade626 (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I typically am agnostic when it comes to android vs ios stuff (heck i own an iphone 4s and a galaxy s3).
My take is that android many times does things first, but apple is the first to do things correctly and make it user friendly.

Maybe im preaching to the wrong choir on this site but from my experience, it is cool to be able to multitask gps with other things on android but its more often annoying. I bet everyone here has had the experience when you leave the car and walk into an establishment the gps is still blabbing away or i get overly distracted trying the exit a gps session in the car i almost get in a crash. I would bet money Apple will remedy these issues.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:23 7

16. wendygarett (unregistered)


Vice versa... Google also correct the Apple mistakes... Such as Google now :)

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:30 1

19. renegade626 (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Good point.. But google now sounds like everything ive been able to do with my Lumia (that i am near regretting giving up for the s3). Maybe microsoft will end up being a true dark horse when the dust settles

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:36 3

20. 23nikki1 (Posts: 45; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)


can you be specific as to how exactly your lumia competes to google now? does it have offline voice recognition? Does it automatically detects that you are in airport/railway station? does it returns results in the form of cards?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:43 2

24. wendygarett (unregistered)


Dude chill out... A lot of reason why he choose lumia... Not because of the features, but the reliability of the OEM... Do you understand?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:51 1

25. renegade626 (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Well.. Imy lumia doesnt have cards but it does have live tiles. I did have a tile that would update me with my commute time based on live traffic data. I had a tile would update me with the metro and had easy access to all of that information. I had a tile that would update me with appointments for the day. I had a true GPS system with offline maps developed by navteq. I am able to translate both voice and text into just about any language with 1-2 clicks...

Sounds an awful lot like google now without having an app inside of an app, or a mobile of igoogle (which is getting shut down soon)

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:56 1

27. wendygarett (unregistered)


Wow that's nice... Guess I shouldn't judge it without using it :)
Have fun with your lumia

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 02:07

31. renegade626 (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I would say that windows OS has plenty of development to go, but they have the Bones to really make something great (expecially with what windows 8 is going to bring). Microsoft just has to be very carefully how they implement and market to the masses

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:28 1

18. alan_1230 (Posts: 77; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)


I hate how this website types all this without giving credit where it's due Google is the Almighty ! Apple is late to the game but no you guys give apple so much credit like wtf !

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 02:23 2

37. E.N. (Posts: 2357; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


dude calm down. I'm sure it was no one's intention to offend Google the Almighty.... come on, no one's That crazy! They're just letting us know some of the features to expect in iOS6.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:41 3

23. Quezdagreat (Posts: 427; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


You guys cry about apple being steps behind but when they do add something android may have already, you guys are quick to scream copy. Nobody said apple had it first so shut up.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 01:52 2

26. renegade626 (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Amen!

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 02:22 6

36. whysoserious (Posts: 317; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I wonder, which company started the fuzz about Android being a "copycat?"

Hypocrites... hypocrites everywhere!

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 08:38

51. Quezdagreat (Posts: 427; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


I never said that android is a copycat. Ive said that samsung is a copycat, and if you say they're not then you're absolutely nuts

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 09:32

53. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


The issue is that Apple will implement these features into their phones and call them "REVOLUTIONARY!" and "NEW!".. like nobody else had ever thought of it.

I think that's what irritates people more than anything.

Personally, I think this is a good idea, in a limited fashion. for Nav, it's great!

I see it getting abused too, the last thing I want is for 3rd party apps to be able to pop up messages left and right when I'm trying to do other things on the phone.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 10:04

55. Quezdagreat (Posts: 427; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


i never seen "revolutionary" and "new" terms used in any advertisements

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 02:03

30. Luuthian (Posts: 218; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


So Apple is basically creating the ability for you to text while driving? Oh, that's brilliant... As if driving while texting isn't dangerous or anything -_-.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 02:08

32. renegade626 (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


This has nothing to do with texting while driving

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:54

56. Luuthian (Posts: 218; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Of course it does. If you allow a driving naviagtion app to work while you text, you're basically asking people to text while they drive. Sure you can simply pull over and text someone, but this is giving people an easy excuse.

I can just see a news article five months from now where someone crashes while driving and texting because they were getting directions in the background. I'd love to see how Apple responds.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 02:13 2

33. twens (Posts: 697; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Isheeps will always make Soo much fuse about every new feature they have been introduced to. Oya! You guys should keep quiet and let us rest. Multitasking gps is no news no matter how well it's implemented. It's still the same thing,your gps will not go off on you in the background. Let's have some peace from you isheeps. You guys are just pathetic, I pray you never get to enjoy a screen above 4".no super amoled,Bluetooth and file manager for you guys. Amen.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 03:57 1

44. E.N. (Posts: 2357; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Who's making a fuss? You guys are making a fuss, you crazy person. And you're making the biggest fuss in this whole entire page. "You guys should keep quiet and let us rest" - great words of advice, ever consider actually following it? Thanks for your prayer btw

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 02:36

40. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1008; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


good job apple supporting text driving

that's not a very smart idea

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 03:11 2

41. Savage (unregistered)


One app supports multitasking. Great :D
What about the rest 649,999?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 08:45

52. Quezdagreat (Posts: 427; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


We're ok with the "fake" multitasking we have now. We love our phone not crashing and our battery not getting drained

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 04:37

45. RGreen (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Jul 2012)


got to luv it

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 06:28

48. bucky (Posts: 1558; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I do like how it shows directions in the header. Nice touch.

Also, for those screaming copy, I believe there were navigation apps for iOS in the app store long before google released their navi. Im sure google maps is better though.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 06:45 1

49. djoscar4u (Posts: 59; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


and i say bye bye to my android!!

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 08:06 1

50. jimjam (Posts: 242; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


Great - deaths on the road to be caused by apple

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