it can't sue
its rival smartphone makers out of existence, it appears that
Apple plans to at least catch up to them.According
Apple will finally be bringing a "full-on solution" to
multi-tasking with iPhone OS 4.0 which is set to debut this summer.
Presumably that means that third-party apps will finally be allowed
to run in the background on the phone. The sources were scant
on details about how it would remedy performance, battery life, and
security issues, but they did say that the multi-tasking would use an
interface similar to that in the Mac versions of OS X.Apple's
iPhone is among the best-selling smartphones and is second
in market volume only to the incredible successful
Blackberries from Research in Motion. Apple's massive developer
community and gigantic collection of apps make a phone that would
otherwise be seen as just beneath top hardware offerings seem like
the top of the pack.However, Apple has slipped behind the
bleeding edge of the competition, even as its app offerings have
flourished. Its competitors -- Palm, Symbian, Research in
Motion, and Google (makers of Android OS) – all support
multi-tasking in their smartphone operating systems. Apple's OS
X distribution on the iPhone artificially prevents third-party
application backgrounding (multi-tasking), only allowing push
notifications as of iPhone OS 3.0.There have been a few major
exceptions. Currently, the iPhone's phone, SMS, email, iPod,
voice recorder, Nike+ apps and a handful of others can run in the
background. This means, for example, that you can use apps and
play music at the same time (but only using Apple's built in music
player).Apple has previously stated that backgrounding apps
represents a security risk. The iPhone's OS kills apps when you
accept calls or return to the home screen, rather than sending them
to the background. That makes it harder for spyware, adware, or
viruses to run on the phone without the user's knowledge.The
security comes at a cost though -- third-party apps that are
available at all times (run in the background) like instant
messaging, location-aware apps, internet radio, etc. are not able to
be supported unless you "jailbreak" your iPhone, running
software to hack the OS and remove Apple's restrictions.One
of the big problems is that multi-tasking could hurt gaming on the
iPhone if resource management isn't implemented perfectly.
Currently the iPhone rivals
the PSP Go and Nintendo DSi as a mobile gaming platform.
Its smartphone rivals though have been unable to muster much gaming
success -- titles tend to be limited by either inefficient
multi-tasking and/or by requiring the apps to be run by abstraction
layers, such as Adobe Flash/Flash Lite, Microsoft Silverlight, or Sun
Java/Android Dalvik runtimes.Despite these shortcomings, many
iPhone users have demanded multi-tasking. Multi-tasking was
rumored to be coming both in iPhone OS 2.0 and iPhone OS 3.0, but
never came in full form. Thus its reasonable to be wary about
whether iPhone OS 4.0 will truly bring multi-tasking to the table at
quote: And there was me thinking the success of the iPhone stems from all the choice and alternatives in the app store
quote: Probably not user friendly enough, otherwise why would they prohibit it?
quote: One simple open standard/open source based browser like Safari is more than enough and it makes platform more simple and hence more user friendly.
quote: Opera is probably not worth the trouble because its pros do not outweigh its cons as an iPhone browser.
quote: There's a huge principal difference between Big Brother and Apple's App Store policy. While Big Brother watched you and decided what you should or should not do depending on what HE, the Big Brother, deemed necessary, Apple only deals with customer or client complaints. Apple is not the Big Brother in sense that they don't care what people run UNLESS people start complaining about some app. Then Apple may remove it. See the difference?
quote: It is extremely user friendly, looks fantastic and is a joy to use
quote: by your logic Internet Explorer is also more than enough as it makes Windows more simple hence more user friendly?
quote: What was all of this about then?
quote: Apple IS big brother when it comes to the App Store
quote: s IE open source? No?
quote: It is based on an Open Source engine
quote: Apple claims to be a freedom loving company
quote: Neither is Safari. It is based on an Open Source engine. Rather than me putting links, you can google yourself.
quote: still doesn't make me want an iPhone
quote: As long as Apple's strict app submission policy stays in place iPhone will keep its momentum.
quote: YOU on the other hand are pretty well served by more niche more geeky phone like Android or WinMo.
quote: Why would any developer want to spend time and energy developing for a platform
quote: the more open and free OSs like Android and Windows will quickly outstrip Apple
quote: I just like products that treat me like I'm smart enough to decide what is and isn't appropriate for me to look at or do with a device
quote: Doh! Who cares about YOU? What matters is gazillions of average Joes snatching those phones in droves and bringing Jobs and shareholders a Big Green Nirvana, you know what I mean?
quote: His opinion is just like mine, both are worthless for Apple or MS
quote: arbitrary rules
quote: That was the first time I ever uprated Pirks. Kudos.
quote: Pirks has posted a total of 3882 comments at DailyTech, the average comment rating was 0.81.
quote: Apple is not allowing Flash just as they do not allow all sorts of emulators
quote: Why should any company be allowed to mandate what it's customers do with their products. Imagine a car company demanding no one has sex in their cars because someone complains about such activities
quote: don't believe the hyperbole about it being in the interest of the consumer