iOS 7: multitasking for all apps arrives

iOS 7: multitasking for all apps arrives

Apple blew the roof with the new iOS 7 looks and features, catching up in one fell swoop with the more frequently refreshed mobile operating systems these days. Along with features already present on Android, like notification bar pull-down from the lock screen and others, Apple now opens up more to multitasking.

Double-click on the home button and you have snaps of all your running apps, and you can swipe and choose between them. The operating system will monitor your usage and run your most used ones in the background automatically, so that they launch for a split second when needed.

This keeps the news feed fresh in your RSS reader or Facebook for instance, but the system will still manage things intelligently to save on battery life, like downloading app and system updates in the background at once, and let you know when it's done.

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38 Comments

1. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Multitasking looks exactly like androids.....looks aren't everything apple....

22. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

And the task switcher looks like WP8.

25. picka_vi_materina

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

What are you guys smoking? Multitasking is a direct copy of Symbian Belle FP2. UI with the transparencies, blur, and font is a direct copy of Jolla's Sailfish OS. Well done Apple.

29. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

My apologies. I'm from the US. We never really saw a Symbian phone.

34. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

When did Symbiam Belle FP2 was lauched?

37. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

You can't see "multitasking"; what you see is the task switching UI. All I hope is that Apple's way of multitasking won't be a battery hog like Android.

2. MartianMe unregistered

looks like Android ripoff to me...and they're still going to sue anyone who try to copy this...HAHAHHAHAHAHAAAAAA .....what a joke!!!

3. bittertruth247

Posts: 36; Member since: May 03, 2013

Wow, it's 2013 and Apple Iphone's are finally doing multitasking! Interesting considering Palm, Windows ce, and Android have all been doing that feature for over 4 years!! Welcome to the party Apple, I guess better late than never! I wonder when or if Apple will ever let people download free music like android does or are they going to continue to rip people off by charging for something everyone else provides for free?

10. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm a note 2 owner and I chose to support the artist by actually purchasing their music as opposed to downloading "free" aka pirated music. But to each their own.

14. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

What are you talking about?!? Apple Invented multitasking! They just waited to bring it to you at the perfect time.

32. theuwilliam

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

If they invented that multitasking, why didn't they release it from the gecko? Their only multitasking was holding down the home button and clicking the "x"

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

And now it will be time for everyone who owns an iToy that has less than an A6 CPU to upgrade their iToy. Benefits and costs.

4. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

SO..................What makes iOS7 look innovative?? Android has done that for a while now. Whatever makes Apple customers happy is what they're after. I'll stay with Android and call it a day

5. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Wow. The first multitasking mobile OS. Innovation as usual. When Android steals this idea several years ago, Apple should sue. Same for Windows Phone. And Blackberry.

11. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I can't tell if being sarcastic or true....

12. 90ninjas unregistered

"When Android steals this idea several years ago..." This should make it obvious.

21. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 560; Member since: May 26, 2011

Sarcastic my friend because it's the first multitasking mobile OS and also because Android stole this idea from Apple several years ago, which neither of those are true.

6. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Lmao .....it's still android all day everyday !!! Welcome to 2013 apple lol

15. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

More like, "Welcome to 2009." Better late than never I guess. I am actually interested in this because competition is great and it will push android and other operating systems to continue to innovate (and lead the way).

24. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 560; Member since: May 26, 2011

It was always inevitable for Apple, they just were motivated to do so because highend android phones didn't have the hardware necessary to take full advantage of multitasking when it first got introduced to the android os. What I mean by taking full advantage of multitasking is not just being able to run simultaneous apps at once, but to be able to do so and have the user experience remain very smooth and/or snappy.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gotta admit tho bro. They did a good job.

7. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

androids long press home button....did apple already patented double click on home button??? If yes, probably they will sue google as long press is in their sight similar to double click.

8. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Android Google litigate this rotten fruitâ„¢

16. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

The last thing the industry needs are more lawsuits.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Awww hush and enjoy ios7.

9. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Well, that is great, if it looks exactly like Android; now you can have the OS without the clunker, and lag that is Android.

13. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

not quite... but they are trying... top Android phones are still way ahead the iPhone...

17. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1345; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

The old adage is "copying is the best form of flattery". So I guess Apple is admitting Google, Microsoft, Blackberry etc. had it all right. it is about time. Good move on their part but not revolutionary.

31. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 560; Member since: May 26, 2011

It will only be revolutionary to iPhone users who have deprived themselves of the Android ecosystem for the last several years.

19. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Come on people. Yes, other operating systems already have this, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't include it. You're supposed to improve on your deficiencies. Stop being such fanboys and learn to view things objectively. Beside, this looks and functions a hell of a lot more like WP than Android. The fact that you don't know that just confirms your fanboyism and lack of knowledge of anything outside of Android.

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