Originally Posted by NasserAE
You think the recent app list is meaningless?! This makes me really wonder if you ever used an iPhone or an iPad with iOS 4.x!!
I use it almost all the time regardless of whether the app is running, suspended, or terminated. The ability to switch back and forth between two or three apps without going through every home screen is very important. If you are going through 30 apps in the recent app list then you are doing it wrong. It doesn't make any different if an app is launched from that list or the home screen icon.
I have the opposite experience. I rarely come across an app that doesn't support saved state.
Your really misunderstanding almost everything I'm saying here.
What I'm saying is that the recent app list is meaningless if it's only
a list of recently opened apps. If those apps are not in a frozen state, nor suspended, nor running in the background etc., then it's just a meaningless list of "what you used lately."
I added to that, the fact that in my experience it's rare that any more than one or two of these apps are really still running, or are suspended in any meaningful or helpful way and most actually have to start over from the splash screen. The majority of the apps that I see haven't been coded to take advantage of multitasking at all.
You actually put up an argument in my
favour by agreeing that in most cases "It doesn't make any different (sic) if an app is launched from that list or the home screen icon." This is true. It doesn't
matter because in most cases the app has already been swapped out of memory, and probably doesn't save it's state anyway. Thus the majority of the apps that show up on the app switching list, are just duplicates or shortcuts of the icons on the home screen and basically add no functionality whatsoever.
All I'm saying is that I would prefer that the useless ones, where the app doesn't save the state, and has already quit anyway, and isn't going to give you any advantage to starting it up from there instead of the home screen, to not show up.