Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Jan 2010 19:45 UTC
Apple In what everybody already saw coming for weeks (months) now, Apple has just unveiled its latest product, a tablet called the iPad. Basically a bigger version of the iPhone, Steve Jobs presented the iPad during a press event in San Francisco. The most interesting news? It's powered by... An Apple processor, called the A4. The most shocking news? The price.
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Am I the only one to reckon that the iphoneos is structurally multitasking ? It's based on BSD and it runs a dozen/hundred process in the background (this IS multitasking). They decided to restraint the ability to run several non builtin app simultaneously, ok, but that's an arguably and arbitrary choice totally unrelated to multitasking. Have anyone tried an android phone ? Once 3 apps are started you dont know how to switch, which one is Still resident or not, and it ends up with a task manager ;)
Regarding the iPhone it doesn't bother me, for the iPad it might be an issue, but for god's sake it's not a question of multitasking ;)

Android doesn't have a good multitasking paradigm, it's really disappointingly like Windows Mobile, everything multitasks by default and half the time the only way to stop something is a task manager. Something more like WebOS's "cards" is very good, needs no task manager, and scales well. (Palm's latest WebOS phone can run over 50 apps at once!) iPhone needs something like WebOS's cards, though I hope for the sake of Palm they don't do it. ;-)

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