So I've realized that as open an app and then close, it'll go into that background double-click screen. After a period of time you start to accumulate a rather large number of apps sitting in the background. Is there ever a point where you have too many apps sitting there and it starts interfering with the phone performance/battery? Is it better to close apps that aren't in use? Just curious.
Glad this helped! I found it very helpful myself because I was confused too. I kept holding my finger on the apps and when the little minus came up I'd close them because I didn't want my resources or my battery being tanked. Seems that isn't the case. This is my 2nd day with my iPhone 4 so I just let it take care of itself today and I didn't see any lag or hit to my battery. I guess time will tell!
The problem I have with background apps is knowing which ones are still running. Coming from Blackberry, I knew exactly what was open and could close them down when I wasn't using them. Now I'm on an out of date Android phone (Hero , 1.5) and it's hard to tell what stays running and what doesn't.
Can't wait to make the switch and hear how everyone is dealing with their battery life management. (biggest complaint with Android/HTC phones)
Thanks for that very helpful piece on Apple mutitasking. It answered the questions I had about running Pandora while doing other things (if only Sirius would get on the stick and release an update!!)
Orbitcast reported today they had talked with Sirius XM and of course typical Sirius XM style they wouldn't confirm one way or the other, but basically said stay tuned. So rather that means they are working on a multitasking version or have already submitted one to Apple for approval is any ones guess. They are apparently going to make both the Sirius XM App and XM Skydock App able to multitask, so I am waiting for that since I use both.