iPad / iPhone Multitasking Hack
I’ll bet this isn’t what you’re looking for, but . . .
NEWS FLASH: The iPhone OS that runs iPod Touch, iPhone and the newly released iPad already does multitasking. Anyone who continues to suggest it doesn’t–is an idiot.
Why? Well, I can listen to music, surf the Internet AND take an incoming phone call, get IM message updates, etc. This means that ALL of these components are running simultaneously; i.e. the OS is multitasking the applications. THUS, the iPhone OS is not only capable of multitasking, it does it.
If you want to persist in saying it doesn’t prove me wrong. And I’m not looking for “well I can’t run Pandora in the background”. That’s really irrelevant. Prove to me that the iPhone OS doesn’t do multitasking and THEN, we’ll talk about what it doesn’t *allow*.
Speaking of Pandora–Pandora and Skype seem to be the most talked about applications that require multitasking support. Really? You want to stream Pandora on your iPhone? Maybe you should have just sprung for a bigger iPhone and put some music onto it instead of filling it with porn. It’s a friggin’ iPod. Plus, really, what kind of battery life do you get streaming Pandora on your phone? I know I can listen to the music on my iPhone for many, many hours without barely touching the battery, but I’ll bet streaming Pandora probably kills the battery in a few hours at best.
Skype? So, you want to spend the minimum $60/month for an AT&T cell phone so you can make free phone calls? Um, Ok. I suppose you have international friends that you need to stay in touch with via voice and don’t want to pay international phone rates. Once again, why use a phone as a phone when you have unlimited data bandwidth to chew up? And people wonder why AT&T service is so horrible in places like New York and LA–it has nothing to do with phone calls–it’s people streaming Pandora and using Skype. Not that I’m defending AT&T–it just points out that people don’t really think about what they are doing and the impact it might have on others.
The real proof that multitasking is a red herring for people who just want to find some major flaw in one of the most successful consumer electronics devices and mobile phones is highlighted in the recent iPhone OS 4.0 announcement. Apple announced that they were opening up the API’s to allow 3rd-party apps to multitask just like their own. In this case, things like Pandora can tie into the same services that the native iPod component uses; problem solved? Of course not–now everyone wants to complain that Apple is ‘controlling’ their ability and limiting it to only certain services. DUH! The reason this devices has been so popular is that, by and large, it simply works. It is one of the most stable devices out there and its performance is consistent. This didn’t happen accidentally–it’s entirely because Apple has limited how 3rd-party developers can interact with the OS.
This is the same reason people keep calling the iPhone OS a proprietary and closed system–because Apple won’t allow unrestricted access for people to do anything they want and put any code on the device. That’s funny–because there are literally thousands and thousands of third-party apps available–and this “limitation” doesn’t seem to stop a lot of people from making money selling them or a lot of users customizing their phones for their needs. Yes, I’ll agree that some of Apple’s decisions about which apps are allowed on the app store are completely out of line and total BS; BUT, the limitations they put on what those apps can do is perfectly reasonable. Some people just don’t like being told no; guess their parents must have been those dumb yuppies who thought ‘time outs’ were enough to raise socially responsible people. Nope–it just raises arrogant, self-centered idiots who think their ‘rights’ are more important than everyone else’s; but I digress. Yes, this would allow some innovations to happen more quickly–but at the risk of instability. The new “folder” feature in iPhone 0S 4.0 is a perfect example. This is a feature many “jail-broken” iPhones have had for a while; and, it did cause many people problems when it first came out. Now, all of us will be able to enjoy it, but only after it is much more stable, reliable and certainly less likely to break our device. This is what consumers need; they aren’t all as technically adept as many of us and don’t want to be.
In the end–if all you people who continue to persist that the iPhone does not multitask and is a “closed system” got your way–it would be exactly 1 day before every iPhone on the planet was consumed by viruses, locking up, shutting down and flat out not working. Not only is that bad for Apple–it’s bad for the general public who don’t care about what you think you should or shouldn’t be able to do–they just want a friggin’ phone that works. In my opinion, EVERY OS would be designed this way. No application would be able to get, or need, Ring 0. If that were the case–we’d have a lot less computer problems in the world and things would work a whole lot better.