Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 4th Apr 2010 21:23 UTC, submitted by kragil
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "There is a lot of misconception around support for multitasking in the iPhone and its giant cousin, the iPad. What follows is my analysis of the situation. I am not privy to any insider Apple information. Moreover, while my knowledge is certainly colored by my work on Android, I'm not drawing a comparison or using any Google-specific knowledge." Interesting stuff about how Android does multitasking.
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RE: Good article, but...
by karunko on Mon 5th Apr 2010 09:05 UTC in reply to "Good article, but..."
karunko
Member since:
2008-10-28

For the majority of that audience multitasking is the ability to be logged in to MSN, have some music playing and be surfing the 'net or checking email, and guess what, iPhone and iPad can do that.


No, they can't. You can't have Pandora or Last.fm, Skype/Fring/Meebo/whatever and a Twitter client running at the same time -- unless you resort to jailbreaking.

Push notifications try to improve things somewhat but in my opinion the current implementation is rather poor and, again, it can't help for applications that really need to be running all the time.

That said, the linked article was talking (or at least trying to) about the technical aspects of multitasking on constrained devices, not about the needs (perceived or otherwise) of the mythical "majority of audience".


RT.

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RE[2]: Good article, but...
by mrhasbean on Mon 5th Apr 2010 23:01 in reply to "RE: Good article, but..."
mrhasbean Member since:
2006-04-03

"For the majority of that audience multitasking is the ability to be logged in to MSN, have some music playing and be surfing the 'net or checking email, and guess what, iPhone and iPad can do that.


No, they can't. You can't have Pandora or Last.fm, Skype/Fring/Meebo/whatever and a Twitter client running at the same time -- unless you resort to jailbreaking.
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You make a good mate for Thom - quoting something that isn't there. Read my original comment and tell me what the iPhone or iPad can't do that I said it can. You CAN be LOGGED IN to MSN, be playing music and surfing the 'net OR checking email. I didn't mention ANY of those other apps, but hey, don't let facts get in the way of your agenda...

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RE[3]: Good article, but...
by darknexus on Tue 6th Apr 2010 00:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Good article, but..."
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

You CAN be LOGGED IN to MSN, be playing music and surfing the 'net OR checking email. I didn't mention ANY of those other apps, but hey, don't let facts get in the way of your agenda...


No, you can't at least not in the sense that most people mean. Play music and do another task, yes. Play music and do two other tasks at once, no. You see, you cannot remain logged into MSN as long as you wish, you are limited by the push time of your messenger program of choice. IN other words, you must set how long you will remain active on *their* servers, which in turn talk to the IM servers in question, once you close the app. You cannot keep your MSN app running in the background, remaining logged in from *your* device as long as *you* wish to, if you want to switch to checking your email or browsing the internet. Once you close the IM app, the timer begins counting.

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RE[3]: Good article, but...
by karunko on Tue 6th Apr 2010 09:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Good article, but..."
karunko Member since:
2008-10-28

I didn't mention ANY of those other apps, but hey, don't let facts get in the way of your agenda...


...agenda?!? Damn, my plan has been thwarted again... whatever it was! ;-)

Yes, you can use the iPod app while surfing the web and you could even play a plain MP3/AAC/AAC+ stream with Safari in background (thus losing the ability to check any other web site) and even use that travesty of push notifications to keep in touch with your MSN buddies, but that doesn't change the facts: you can't run multiple apps on the iPhone *yet*.

However, Apple will offer a sneak peak at iPhone OS 4 during an event scheduled for April 8th so, hopefully, this is going to change soon.

Oh, and about your other remark:

The majority of users couldn't give a rat's hindquarter about multitasking


Culd be, but only if you ask the wrong question. I mean, people don't even know what a web browser is (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4MwTvtyrUQ) what do they know about multitasking? ;-)

But try asking if they'd like to run this, that and that other app at the same time instead. What makes you think they'd say no?


RT.

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RE[3]: Good article, but...
by JAlexoid on Tue 6th Apr 2010 19:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Good article, but..."
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

be playing music and surfing the 'net OR checking email

I have iPod Touch(without volume buttons), so if I'm using some application and want to adjust volume... I have to exit the application and restart it. And that is extremely annoying! That is the cost of multitasking, not multiple running programs at the same time, but returning to the same state where you left off.

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