So i just noticed that when i restart or power off my iphone 4 and then power it back up all the apps that were running before the restart are still listed on the fast app switch screen. is this normal?
They're not acutually running. Don't worry about it. The fast app switcher is more like a quick way to access the last apps you used. If they are running in the background you will see an icon in the task bar like the play icon you see when the iPod app is playing. Otherwise it will just leave the app in a saved state.
If the apps are in a saved state then they have to be "saved" some where. I had about 40 apps in the tray the other day and some apps started crashing on my iP4 for the first time. I was assuming these apps are in saved state on the flash memory and not the RAM but after opening more and trying it seems like they are using RAM to me.
I think apple missed something that i noticed while using a Pre for about a year and following along in the forums.
People LIKE to close apps easily and not leave them running. Yeah i know..its saved state. But people don't care about that distinction. When you're done with an app, you're done. It needs to disappear. And Palm made it fun to close them by just "swooshing" them away.
Others would chime in saying leave those apps open. You got a Pre, it's multitasking. You CAN leave them open. But most don't do that. It's a weird mentality.
Personally, i feel let down by apple's version of multitasking. It sucks. Not for the reasons above but because it isn't true multitasking. And it relies on 3rd party dev's updating their apps. It's inconsistent. It doesn't "just work" and is unlike Apple. Where copy n paste was well implemented after apple taking their sweet time, multitasking just isn't..even after apple took their sweet time.
I can't say anymore what apple does, it does well. Because that's not true. Apple threw out the 3GS design and changed the hardware. They need to do something like that with iOS because unlike the 3GS design, this does need fixing..at least where multitasking and notifications are concerned.