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iPhone 4.0 OS to bring multitasking?

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iPhone 4.0 OS to bring multitasking?
Apple has come a long way to make up for some of the shortcomings of the iPhone. One major function that the handset cannot do is multitask, but with the release of the 4.0 OS, that might no longer be a problem for users. Tipsters with a track record of being on target in predicting Apple's technological advances are saying that Apple has developed the technology to allow for simultaneous running of third party apps. The Cupertino based firm has developed a method to handle things like security, memory and battery life in a way to make multitasking feasible. Part of the solution is being lifted from the Mac OS X  operating system. The word is that the iPhone 4.0 OS still has a way to go before being ready for the handset and more workneeds to be done before the software is released..

The current iPhone OS prevents third party apps from running in the background. This is why the phone cannot multitask. Apps that come bundled with the device can run in the background while another app is running. The problem is that the iPhone OS' security model is designed to close open programs whenever the user returns to the home screen or answers a phone call. This prevents malware, spyware or viruses from running without the user knowing about it. Of course, it also prevents the phone from multitasking. In the past, other OS upgrades were rumored to contain a multitasking function, but it never came to fruition. Perhaps this time will be the charm.

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source: AppleInsider

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45

1. theGodpapa (Posts: 181; Member since: 15 Dec 2009)


lmao. congrats, I am so impressed, I am sure Steve will blow us all away with this revolutionary feature EXCLUSIVE to apple....because they will file suits against anyone using this from here on in. LMAO

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 15:48

11. spoonb1 (Posts: 77; Member since: 02 Jan 2010)


agreed... i just wish everyone else in the handset maker market would team up against apple to shut them up...

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 17:28

16. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Keep wishing...

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 23:54

23. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)


Hahah lol that's funny (guy with first comment) did apple patent all forms of multitouch??? Really??? It seems like they want to keep that tehnology exclusive to themselves. I wonder if this OS is gonna be released for iPod touch.

posted on 12 Mar 2010, 00:25

24. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


Actually Android could sue, they revolutionized muti-tasking. Now Apple wished they could multi-task. Wilson can't say anything in commercials anymore because this article proves the iPhone couldn't muti-task in the first place. Apple will now have to catch up to Android. Android = FTW Apple = RAZR burn

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 13:47

2. blackirish24 (Posts: 15; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)


4.0 will have enough upgrades to make the people that have the "old" IPHONES to upgrade to the new one. But will still not have all the features of phones that have been out for quite some time. Multitasking huh??? Does someone hold the patent to that? lol....Anyway, I am interested in seeing what Jobs introduces to compete with the devices that are out and successful currently. You know it will be marketed very well, have everyone interested and fanboys drooling at launch.

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 14:29

3. E.N. (Posts: 2280; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


You don't need the new iPhone to rum iphone OS 4.0

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 14:35

4. sleepyjohnny (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Dec 2009)


true, but newer iphones will run it more effectively. you can expect to see older models using it to be even slower than when they had the 3.0 software because multitasking can do that to a phone not ready for it

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 14:36

5. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


Another iphone article that is purely guesswork as opposed to an actual announcement. Notice how every article title about the new iphone ends in a question mark? Please stop posting these articles that are nothing but conjecture

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 14:48

6. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)


Another question is will the iPhone hardware be able to handle multi-tasking at ease. I have a feeling that Apple did not allow it due to their hardware, such as CPU speed, RAM, etc, was not capable of handling it

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 15:49

12. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


600mhz Processor could have handled it for sure...

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 15:55

13. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it should be able to. its a 600mhz(ish) processesor. Android runs multitasking on 528 mhz, and Windows has been doing it for a long time.

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 14:55

7. Legacystar (Posts: 131; Member since: 31 Dec 2009)


the 3GS can handle it but the problem is it shares the same OS with the 2g and ipod touch which don't have the harware to run mulitasking very well. also programs will have to be rewritten to utilize multitasking. so do you really think apple will abbandon there current system of the same OS on all devices and all devices can run the same apps. i doubt it, they are kind of stuck in the rut they made

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 15:47

10. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Not so true. Apple runs the same os on all iDevices but has features exclusive to some. Voice control and compass functions are exclusive to the 3GS even though the itouch 3G and 2G are running the same firmware. So apple very well could put multitasking on one or 2 devices and not all. Easily too. Also as far as app developed having to write it into their apps, well apple would write an API that could easily be inserted into the code. They required every app to be 3.0 ready, and they will require every app to be 4.0 ready regardless of what new features will be added. Apple may keep their system closed but since they eased up on the SDK NDA they have made it very easy to develop with the tools they give developers. Which are plenty

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 15:17

8. easytochris (Posts: 126; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)


i will buy an iphone the day it has multitasking, a good processor, and is put out by a company that closes every door to open development

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 15:28

9. crappypunk (Posts: 131; Member since: 15 Aug 2009)


way to follow the crowd apple

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 16:34

14. Cali_E (Posts: 196; Member since: 24 Sep 2008)


they're being such bitches about the multi touch screen. i hope someone sues them if they do put multi task in they're os.

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 16:50

15. Ray (Posts: 62; Member since: 30 Apr 2009)


why not just just become an android phone thats exactly the direction apple is taking the iphone cuz droid does so iphone follows..

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 18:20

17. theman414 (Posts: 130; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)


Sounds like a bunch of haters who wish the iphone was on their network. Get over it.. Verizon dropped the ball when they passed it up.. Maybe they'll get it in the future!

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 19:21

18. Legacystar (Posts: 131; Member since: 31 Dec 2009)


dropped the ball to put the money into the network so they could get a phone like the droid and have zero issues. good trade off in my opinion since the iphones now playing catch up here.

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 20:55

19. theman414 (Posts: 130; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)


Looks like every phone that comes out looks more like the iphone, besides numbers don't lie. Check the sale numbers! How many Droids were sold and how many iphones were sold in the same time period.

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 21:09

20. Legacystar (Posts: 131; Member since: 31 Dec 2009)


iphone sales are world wide tard droid is usa only. and no the milstone numbers are not factored into the droid sales, they are different phones. and the droid looks nothing like the iphone in any way

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 22:07

21. theman414 (Posts: 130; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)


I'm specifically talking about US sales

posted on 11 Mar 2010, 22:09

22. Legacystar (Posts: 131; Member since: 31 Dec 2009)


Link your source because vzw doesn't release sales numbers

posted on 12 Mar 2010, 01:26

25. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


First of all, Verizon didn't drop the ball on the iPhone. Verizon didn't want Apple controlling a device on their network, there have been plenty of articles that prove Apple is a bit controlling. 2 - Apple has more sales in US and worldwide because the iPhone has been out longer than Android, give it time and Android will be seen in every country too. The exclusive contract with AT&T won't last forever, soon everyone will have it...this is just like the RAZR all over again.

posted on 12 Mar 2010, 02:47

26. mattkl (Posts: 173; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


And this is exactly why I believe Apple and At&t will continue their exclusive contract together. Because no other carrier will put up with Apples rules. I think At&t is starting to feel the cons of the deal with the new backflip. Even with the income from the iPhone I'm sure At&t would love to have the diversity of more Android devices for their customers as well. I expect to see Apple in the near future suck it up and loosen their hold somewhat. I don't have a lot of information about it but I know T-Mobile sells the iPhone in Germany, I wonder how that is going.

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