Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Mar 2011 20:22 UTC
Apple Yeah I was quite busy yesterday, and nobody else picked it up, so we didn't report on the launch of the iPad 2. Since other websites went completely bonkers over this, we'll keep it short: there's a new iPad out. It's thinner, has a dual-core processor, faster graphics, and has a "new" case developed by Incase Apple. Contrary to all the "later this year" announcements from the likes of HP and RIM, Apple is shipping this thing March 11.
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Finchwizard
Member since:
2006-02-01

I'm not quite sure what wonderful world of chocolate and unicorns you're living in.

But iOS does have multi-tasking.

I've been coming to OSNews for quite a while now, many many years.

And we've gone to actually a great site with lots of news on what was happening, to Thoms personal site to slam Apple at every possible turn.

It's not professional journalism. Keep the bashing of any product on your own personal blog so we don't have to read that nonsense.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

It's kinda more like task switching, but feel free to keep bashing Thom, like it's your own personal blog.

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David Member since:
1997-10-01

On the one hand, iOS doesn't really have true multitasking, so Thom is mostly right on that point. On the other hand, I'm not sure why a typical tablet user needs real multitasking, so I suspect that Thom's requirement that a tablet have it for him to buy it is mostly the kneejerk geek habit of wanting some kind of mental checklist to have a checkmark in that box.

As for OSNews being anti-Apple, if we don't get people accusing us of being anti-[whatever] at least a few times a day, we're not doing our jobs.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

PArtly, yes, but also the idea that application developers don't have to specifically take multitasking into account. On webOS, it's always been a core part of the operating system, interface, and developer mindset. On iOS, it's clearly an afterthought, and access to the list of "open" applications is cumbersome and not as easy as it is on webOS.

When I was still using my iPhone 3GS, I found it very annoying never to know for sure which applications properly saved state and which didn't - you simply couldn't know. Many applications would always bring you back to their 'home'screen when switching to them.

Multitasking on iOS is not multitasking in the way that the world has come to understand it. While it is perfectly adequate for most people, it isn't for me.

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jack_perry Member since:
2005-07-06

On the other hand, I'm not sure why a typical tablet user needs real multitasking...

I may not be a typical tablet user, but it would be nice to start a process and switch to another without that process quitting on me: even something as mundane as downloading a large web page, or a youtube video, or what have you.

Apple basically views tablets as glorified televisions, rather than computers with unusual input devices. I don't even understand why they felt compelled to revert to task-switching. It's bizarre.

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t3RRa Member since:
2005-11-22

AFAIK, most if not all those tablet platforms support "multi-tasking" in a form of "task switching". So arguing whether it is indeed multitasking or not is so retarding at best (since there were so many people have already argues so far)

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ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

I'm typing this on an iPad, I've used Windows since 1.0, MacOS since 1.0, Unix since SunOS 6, and Linux since 2.2. I'm sorry to have to break the news, but despite Mr. Jobs best efforts to redefine the word, the iPad does NOT multitask. And yes, it matters a LOT in many contexts.

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bloodline Member since:
2008-07-28

I'm typing this on an iPad, I've used Windows since 1.0, MacOS since 1.0, Unix since SunOS 6, and Linux since 2.2. I'm sorry to have to break the news, but despite Mr. Jobs best efforts to redefine the word, the iPad does NOT multitask. And yes, it matters a LOT in many contexts.


Would you like to make any argument to support your statement? Or are you happy with simple gainsay and opinion?

The iPad running the latest OS does provide the developer with APIs to support multitasking, it is up to the developer to use them.

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