What about multitasking?
Has anyone heard anything about whether or not the iPhone can multitask? I'm guessing that you can listen to music in the background and have a phone conversation in the background, both of which can also be done with the not-really-multitasking Palm OS.
I'm not overly hung up on the need to multitask several things at once, as my Palm OS Treos have *mostly* worked alright for my needs without offering true multitasking, but I'm curious to know what happens, for example, if you're browsing a web page, go to do something else, and come back to the web app. Will it...
a) Display the last web page I was on exactly as I left it (and with no delay), which would suggest that the web app was still loaded in memory?
b) Reload the last web page from cache (a la Palm OS), likely resulting in a delay as it reloads/re-renders the web page?
c) Act like I'm running the web app for the first time and bring me back to the web app's home page (a la Opera Mini)?
Anyone have any insight (or guesses) as to this?
- 06-27-2007, 11:27 AM #2
- 06-27-2007, 11:30 AM #3
Come on you two...
Surur: I can't tell if you're serious or just being clever. Support for tabbed browsing does not necessarily = multitasking. You *could* have tabbed browsing where only one tab is loaded at a time, which could still be single-tasking where all of the pages are simply cached in memory, making for quick swapping between tabs. Palm OS Garnet can support this.
bruckwine: Answering a call while viewing a web page could be done on the Palm OS as well. So even with the Palm OS, you could always talk on the phone while doing just about anything else.
- 06-27-2007, 11:44 AM #5
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- 06-27-2007, 12:21 PM #8
Well if it supports true multitasking, that's great. Have any of the videos shown anything that resembles a task-switcher, or would you need to return to the home page and re-launch the application from the icon list? Which brings me to another dislike I have for the iPhone: It's using the same old antiquated icon list view that the Palm OS had and WM devices use with their Programs folder. That works fine when you've only got a few apps, but as you add more apps, usability suffers. I suppose Apple may consider this a non-issue, though, if it's impossible for anyone but them to add new apps to the home screen.
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- 06-27-2007, 01:14 PM #12iPhone is also fully multi-tasking, so you can read a web page while downloading your email in the background.
and click on 'OS X'. Video shows four apps running at the same time.
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- 06-27-2007, 01:20 PM #14
I've not seen this put to any other use.
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