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Multitasking in Symbian OS 5.0 (on the S60)  (Source: Maximum PC)

Both the Palm Pre (shown here) and the Symbian OS 5.0 (above) support full multi-tasking. The iPhone does not. That offers some gaming and security benefits for the iPhone, but prevents some useful apps. Full multi-tasking is rumored to be coming with iPhone OS 4.0 this summer.  (Source: TechSource)
Might Apple be cooking up a counter to its competitors by at last bring multi-tasking to its smartphone?

If it can't sue its rival smartphone makers out of existence, it appears that Apple plans to at least catch up to them.

According to 
AppleInsider, 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 last.

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RE: for iPad as well?
By dark matter on 3/12/2010 2:37:08 AM , Rating: 2
Didn't you notice all the -1 reps your posts have?

RE: for iPad as well?
By Pirks on 3/12/2010 1:08:40 PM , Rating: 1
RE: for iPad as well?
By Smilin on 3/12/2010 4:47:12 PM , Rating: 2
LOL poor priks you try so very hard. That one you linked also has this gem under it:

That was the first time I ever uprated Pirks. Kudos.

Lets cut to the chase though shall we. Click on your own hyperlinked name and you'll find something like this:

Pirks has posted a total of 3882 comments at DailyTech, the average comment rating was 0.81.

RE: for iPad as well?
By crystal clear on 3/13/2010 2:06:13 AM , Rating: 2
Pirks has posted a total of 3882 comments at DailyTech, the average comment rating was 0.81.

Ratings dont earn anybody here a living, rather we should be rating ARTICLES here on DT.

Its not the contents of your post rather "whose side you are on".

With Pirks the user experience on DT is unique ! only found in the iPhone & ofcourse the mighty iPad.....

The love hate relationship that apple bashers have for Pirks is a unique experience similar to the iphone & the mighty iPad.

Pirks may one day claim he reinvented entertainment on DT

A day without Pirks is him Priks or what you like, the fact is "they cannot do without him".

its really works !

An apple a day & Pirks keeps the boredoom away !

RE: for iPad as well?
By crystal clear on 3/13/2010 2:15:39 AM , Rating: 2
In fact I posted a special comment exclusively on Pirks,here is the link below-

Who is/are Reader1 & Pirks ?
By crystal clear on 3/5/10, Rating: 2
By crystal clear on 3/5/2010 11:23:56 AM , Rating: 2

Conclusions & Analysis-

Apple,Jobs,Pirks,Reader1 are like trigering devices that sets off an explosion.

When Pirks comments,he appears to be like a hybrid of Steve Ballmer & Steve Jobs both trigering devices that set off explosions on D.T.

My guess... they are D.T. employees paid to lite the fire !

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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