Apple iPhone OS 4.0 May Include Multitasking, Says Report
Apple could include multitasking for the next version of its iPhone operating system, according to an anonymous source speaking to the blog AppleInsider. Such a move would mitigate what some users see as a weakness of the iPhone, especially when compared with smartphone operating systems such as Google Android that allow multitasking. Apple has already introduced updates to its Mac OS X 10.6.3 operating system and the iPhone OS 3.2 SDK, meant for building mobile applications for the company's upcoming iPad tablet PC.Apple may include multitasking for third-party applications in the next version of its iPhone operating system, according to the blog AppleInsider, which cites unnamed sources close to the matter. "The technology, detailed by people familiar with Apple's plans for the new firmware, will finally allow users to launch multiple apps in the background and quickly switch between them," bloggers Kasper Jade and Prince McLean wrote March 31. "Apple initially avoided an app model supporting multiple apps running at once to help preserve battery life and simplify the user experience."
Those same sources apparently said the next iPhone operating system's user interface at least partially takes its inspiration from the Mac Expose feature. "A key combination-reportedly hitting the Home button twice-will trigger an Expose-like interface that brings up a series of icons representing the currently running apps, allowing users to quickly select the one they want to switch to directly," Jade and McLean wrote. "When a selection is made, the iPhone OS zooms out of the Expose task manager and transitions to that app."