Facing the Issues of the iOS 4.0 Multitasking Capabilities
Apple has continuously brought some of the best applications for its products over the years and yet another is being introduced that maximizes the multi-tasking capability of any iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4. This is the iOS 4.0 and it is bringing, to the user, the capability of the iPhone to enable the running of several applications, or apps, simultaneously as well as keeping other open apps suspended until closed by the iPhone user. This ultimately helps the user run apps (especially those compatible to this new feature) by reducing the opening and closing of new apps one at a time. Instead, it leaves them open and running and you can shift from one to another with more smooth movements.
Since it is created for the iPhone, it allows for one-handed operation. It basically works like this: when you have iOS 4.0 installed, all you have to do is the go to the Home button and double-click it. This will open up a bar for multi-tasking while your entire screen scrolls up and a translucent screen conceals it. On the multi-tasking bar, expect to see the apps that you have used, and they will also show on the bar in the sequence that you used them, making for easier scrolling and tapping to re-open them.
To date, though, there are just a few apps that are created to be compatible with the iOS 4.0, so many iPhone users may have to use specifically Apple-made apps to be able to use the iOS 4.0 to the best of its abilities and functions. Many iPhones also have apps not created by Apple, and there is a high chance that they will not work well with this new little mini iOS.
But even then, as Apple approves the apps that are iOS 4.0-tested, as of now, there are only about 225 applications that can fully take on the multi-tasking capability. Some of the apps that are quite popular that have worked well so far with iOS 4.0 are apps like How to Cook Everything, the ESPN Score Center, and Pandora Radio, that have continued to function simultaneously and flawlessly when the iOS 4.0 is activated.
The only downside of the whole thing (and hopefully this is only true because this nifty application was just recently released) is that searching for compatible apps on Google search may not get you the full results you want to see. This is probably because not all the compatible apps have been indexed yet to reveal that they have multi-tasking capability, so that a simple search would reveal that thoroughly to the world.
The biggest issue at hand right now is wondering if all apps programmers are willing to program their useful iPhone apps in a way that will make it work well with the new iOS 4.0. It would be a big shame if this great program came out and you couldn’t manipulate it smoothly on your iPhone as you anticipated it to. This may be a frustrating discovery for many, especially those who will not research into this function and expect it to work as well as it is marketed to work.
One would just have to guess, wait, and see to find out if programmers will pay attention to that, especially now that the development of the equally-competent Android phone is starting to make waves in its new releases.