Originally Posted by Murphster
Well other devices seem to handle running background apps fine without killing the battery, why has the iPhone got this problem?
If this were true. If there were any conclusive proof that multi-tasking did not negatively effect battery life, tech journalists would be disputing Apple. I haven't seen a single story disputing Apple's rational.
Not only battery life it uses up memory and CPU cycles. Which leads to slow/sluggish response and crashing.
Anyway, do you know what Skype is and how it works? Do you not agree that it is next to useless if it cannot be run in the background?
Yes I know what Skype does. I'm not sure why you are making it sound so profound. What Skype does can already be done on the iPhone, Skype is simply another service.
I'm not sure what else one would need to be doing while talking or texting on Skype.
You are not going to get anyones messages or calls unless you have the app open, it is like having a telephone that only rings when you have it in your hand.
This will be resolved with the notification service. But then no one will be at a WiFi signal all the time waiting to receive calls.
For many people Skype is more than just a chat interface, it is how people call them. We do not have a phone line at home, we just use mobile for all national calls and skype for international, and more importantly for talking to all friends/family. We have Skype out and a Phone number.
At home you don't need to depend on your mobile for a Skype call, you have your computer also.
Do you really, truthfully believe that the iphone/iPod touch would not be improved by allowing something as simple as background apps and furthermore do you not think having a great skype client for the iPhone in its current state is ruined by this lack of functionality?
Well obviously running in the background as some advantages, but it also has disadvantages. On a mobile device battery life has to trump everything.
I cannot see what you have got to defend here?
Most people have no understanding or interest in figuring out resource allocation on their electronic device. Forcing consumers to do so is what makes devices difficult to use and frustrating for most people. Apple is making the right call on making the process easier.
Most people would rather have longer battery life and less frustration than multi-tasking.