Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Feb 2010 23:57 UTC
Apple "Whereas the iPhone is aimed at short, focused tasks, the iPad is more likely to lend itself to longer, more general tasks that involve using multiple apps, just as we're used to on the Mac. It's easy to imagine wanting to use an iPad to read text in Mobile Safari, copy some text to a Pages document, and send that document to a colleague via Mail. That specific example may turn out to be possible with the current iPhone OS, but it points toward needing more ways for iPad apps to work together in the future."
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Not really...
by thavith_osn on Wed 10th Feb 2010 06:59 UTC
thavith_osn
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2005-07-11

I don't really think an OS that doesn't have windows all over the screen, but instead allows/forces the user to see one application at a time doesn't really need multitasking.

On the iPhone, as far as applications are concerned, you only do one thing at once anyway...

So, for the most part, multitasking for user applications isn't needed.

Example...
I am using Pages on the iPad and switch to Numbers. As long as when I switch back (and the switching is fast) the content is as I left it, then I don't really need multitasking...

But...
There are cases where it would be very nice to have. The first of course is a chat client. I've used them on the iPhone with notification and to be honest I'm not a fan, seems to eat my battery anyway and it's slow (faster than not having it however ;-)...
If you had an application and you wanted to render something, then having multitasking would be nice too. While you wait or the render to be done, you could switch over and do something else.

I am guessing in 4.0 there will be limited multitasking, so maybe this is what they have in mind.

But for most things, as long as you can save state and switch back and forth quickly, then you don't really need multitasking. Remember, the iPad and iPhone don't use the concept of windows on the screen...

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