Multitasking in iPhone OS 4.0?

AppleInsider reports that it has received information from sources claiming that the iPhone OS 4.0 firmware release, that will probably be released later this year, will support multitasking by allowing multiple applications to run simultaneously. The report, however, offers no details on how this will be implemented beyond noting that it will take advantage of interfact technology used in Mac OS X.

People with a proven track record in predicting Apple’s technological advances tell AppleInsider that the Cupertino-based company has developed a “full-on solution” to multitasking on the iPhone OS but offered no specifics on how the technology would optimize resource conservation and battery life — two of the most critical issues surrounding the matter, alongside security.

From a user-facing perspective, Apple plans to deliver a multi-tasking manager that leverages interface technology already bundled with its Mac OS X operating system, according to those same people. It was requested that specifics be withheld at this time, as the iPhone Software 4.0 remains under development and reportedly has a quite ‘way to go’ before it’s ready for prime time.

Whether this functionality will be introduced on the iPad is currently unknown. The lack of multitasking in the device has been a major point of complaint among users of the iPhone, and of potential purchasers of the future iPad. Both gadgets only allow for one application to be used at a time, something that Microsoft has been poking fun at recently.

But why isn’t there any multitasking on the iPhones? Some people say it is for better battery life and phone performance. More applications running will lead to lower battery life, and the mobile processors might not be able to handle the load.

Let’s wait and hope multitasking will come to the iPhone! Better late then never…

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