Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Apr 2010 18:24 UTC
Apple Today, Apple held a special press event at its campus in Cupertino during which it revealed and demonstrated the new features that are going into the fourth version of the iPhone operating system. The company focussed on 7 'tentpole' features, the most prominent of which is... Multitasking.
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Wait, what?
by MattPie on Thu 8th Apr 2010 18:30 UTC
MattPie
Member since:
2006-04-18

I thought all the iPhone fans told us we didn't need multitasking? Man, I sold my Droid because the multitasking was unneeded and eating all my battery or something.

</sarcasm>, BTW.

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RE: Wait, what?
by Kroc on Thu 8th Apr 2010 18:42 in reply to "Wait, what?"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

It’s not real multitasking. It’s a freeze/unfreeze feature and a bunch of background daemons. Apple focused on the user experience, knowing that faux multi-tasking will serve the vast majority’s needs without any draw backs. Real geeks don’t matter to Apple, that much should be apparent already.

Everything in the announcement was exactly as I expected, Apple are iterating. The real surprises were the decent multi-tasking UI, and game center. No way did I see that. Apple are changing expectations of mobile gaming and Microsoft are nowhere to be seen in this space and Nintendo are pig-headed, over charging and very, _very_ slow to get with social networking and internet play.

Oh, and a computing platform where there can be no ad-blockers. Great, isn’t it?

Edited 2010-04-08 18:43 UTC

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RE[2]: Wait, what?
by Nelson on Thu 8th Apr 2010 19:02 in reply to "RE: Wait, what?"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Microsoft is nowhere to be seen..except that whole Windows Phone 7 XNA game development with XBox Live integration.

You know, the exact thing Apple did with OS4..except it's XBox Live..

Apple's multitasking implementation makes sense, it's a kitchen sink approach which will work well for the majority of situations.

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RE[2]: Wait, what?
by mtzmtulivu on Thu 8th Apr 2010 19:04 in reply to "RE: Wait, what?"
mtzmtulivu Member since:
2006-11-14

Apple focused on the user experience, knowing that faux multi-tasking will serve the vast majority’s needs without any draw backs. Real geeks don’t matter to Apple, that much should be apparent already.

"without any drawbacks"? i do not know you to be an apple apologist or a fanboy walking the partly line.

"real geeks" these days seem to be people who want features apple doesnt provide in their current iteration of their products.

and what will you way when they provide "real" multitasking in the future"? let me guess, the definition of "real geeks" will be redifined to sync up with apple tune again ..

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RE[2]: Wait, what?
by Timmmm on Fri 9th Apr 2010 09:12 in reply to "RE: Wait, what?"
Timmmm Member since:
2006-07-25

It’s not real multitasking. It’s a freeze/unfreeze feature and a bunch of background daemons.


Which is *exactly* what Android does. If you want your app to do something in the background you have to start a service (daemon); it can be killed as soon as it is non visible.

Try this: Open shazam, start tagging some music. Before it is finished open a web browser, and do some other stuff. Now go back to shazam. You'll find that the tagging *didn't* happen in the background because the app was stopped/killed.

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