Originally Posted by success
This iPhone is going to be huge.
*Btw, If multitasking is fixed with a 4.0 software update why did they wait this long?
Apple is obsessed with usability. The information in the article concerning multi-taksing was, at best, informed speculation. The information in the article concerning the reasons why multi-tasking has not been included to date was not. Let's review:
- iPhone 3.x software is a fully preemptive multitasking operating system, but it artificially restricts apps
- The iPhone OS is intended to create mobile devices that are easy to use
- One reason why the iPhone and iPod touch are emerging as a successful mobile games platform is due to the fact that the iPhone OS one-app model means that games can be more complex and sophisticated and yet still perform well on a mobile device
- (the current OS) erases any real potential for spyware, adware and viruses
- (the downside of all this is) apps begging for background execution like Pandora, instant messaging features and Loopt or Google Latitude are not available without multitasking
Apple likes to do things right and not on our timetable. It's still hard for me to fathom about how long it took them to bring out cut and paste on the iPhone. Assuming Apple is working on multi-tasking, I'm sure they are attempting to do it in a way that does not compromise the advantages their OS currently enjoys. As always, the devil's in the details. Fortunately, if there is one thing that Apple has shown an ability to do, it's to sweat the details.
Like all of you, I look forward to multitasking. But not at the cost of security, power or ease of use.