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  • iOS 4 Multitasking Supported Apps Already Turning Up in App Store



    Although Apple won't begin distributing iOS 4 to the public until next Monday, June 21st, three days before the official iPhone 4 launch, app updates - updates that support new iOS 4 features like multitasking - are beginning to get the Apple stamp of approval and turning up in the App Store. It's a safe bet that by the time you get your hands on the new iPhone, there will be a smorgasbord of top-notch apps and updates that will effectively take the new iOS and its accompanying bells and whistles for a memorable test drive.

    One such example, as reported by our friends at MacRumors, is Dropbox (v1.2.2), the hugely popular file sharing/syncing service. While only a few newsworthy updates have manifested in the App Store so far, Dropbox is joined by FlightTrack, which boasts in-app SMS for sharing flight details and a cool function enabling users to sync flights with the iPhone's calendar app. Although these are only two examples, keep your eyes peeled for an influx of similar updates and new offerings in the days (if not hours) ahead. But, unfortunately, while millions of iPhone owners will soon enjoy the multitasking capabilities of iOS 4 (assuming your iPhone 4 preorder wasn't canned), iPad owners will have to wait a few more months until the iOS 4 officially arrives for the iPad.

    Incredibly, Apple only began accepting iOS 4-compatible app submissions one week ago. In this regard, it's reassuring to witness in practice the Steve Jobs' WWDC proclamation that 95% of all app submissions get an okay from Apple within one week's time. Of course, it's also a fair observation that Apple is likely giving special attention to apps that show off iOS 4’s shiny new attributes. In other words, if you're a dev who has submitted an app that's less than a multitasking gem, it wouldn't be shocking if more than one week passes before Apple gives the all clear sign
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 4 Multitasking Supported Apps Already Turning Up in App Store started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 65 Comments
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Developers have to be getting tired of tweaking their apps a little bit with every single OS update every year.
    1. RaiV3R's Avatar
      RaiV3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by zoso10 View Post
      Developers have to be getting tired of tweaking their apps a little bit with every single OS update every year.
      No kidding, wonder if 2G users will still be getting apps that are supported on their version or if they are left in the dust since iOS 4 won't be coming out for 2G.
    1. iCantu's Avatar
      iCantu -
      I know this might be a stupid question.. but can i get 4.0 early? i knw it comes out in a few days i dont have a dev account but really want to get it wrkn.. if theres a link or something that'll be awesome! i have a 3gs. thanks!!
    1. D_NGUYEN's Avatar
      D_NGUYEN -
      Quote Originally Posted by iCantu View Post
      I know this might be a stupid question.. but can i get 4.0 early? i knw it comes out in a few days i dont have a dev account but really want to get it wrkn.. if theres a link or something that'll be awesome! i have a 3gs. thanks!!
      Sent you a PM.
    1. scooby4's Avatar
      scooby4 -
      I cant wait for redsn0w 0.9.5 so that i can turn on my multitasking and wallpaper options on my iPod Touch 2G...Plus i know its kinda not related but is anyone having trouble with wallpapers all together in 4.0 GM?
    1. jbreak23's Avatar
      jbreak23 -
      The 24th cant come any sooner
    1. iCantu's Avatar
      iCantu -
      Got it! thanks!!!
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eagleye View Post
      That just seems so redundant. Suddenly you have like 8 folders for games instead of one? Not to mention the icons look dumb and are not very discernible at quick glance. Compare these photos... Eventually thats what your phone would look like (left). A plethora of folders that all look the same. Its chaos. I have 4 folders (right). Games, Jailbroken, Health/Fitness, and Media... and you can tell from the icons (a lot better than apple's folder icon) what my folders contain.Im sticking with CategoriesSB.

      Come on man! You are not even comparing Apples to Apples. On the left you have 16 folders and on the right you have 4. Now I do agree that they should have some sort of icons for different folders. I wonder if with the Retina display, we'll be able to see the app icons inside the folders clearly.
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Cool. I have not really seen much on the iOS 4 default apps outside of Maps and Mail. For those that have iOS 4 GM, any major changes to the other default apps like YouTube (to match their site redesign), Compass, iPod etc.?
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Come on man! You are not even comparing Apples to Apples. On the left you have 16 folders and on the right you have 4. Now I do agree that they should have some sort of icons for different folders. I wonder if with the Retina display, we'll be able to see the app icons inside the folders clearly.
      What im trying to show is I only need 4. I have 95 games in my game folder. If you can only have 12 apps in a folder, thats 8 folders for my games instead of just one. 2 whole rows of folders... just for one category! And im sure you'll be able to see the app icons better with the retina display.. but why go cross-eyed when you can have simplier folder icons?
    1. eballesq's Avatar
      eballesq -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eagleye View Post
      What im trying to show is I only need 4. I have 95 games in my game folder. If you can only have 12 apps in a folder, thats 8 folders for my games instead of just one. 2 whole rows of folders... just for one category! And im sure you'll be able to see the app icons better with the retina display.. but why go cross-eyed when you can have simplier folder icons?
      Here's your problem -- too many games.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Because who the hell has 95 games in their phone do you do anything at all with your time besides wasting it?
    1. RaiV3R's Avatar
      RaiV3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      Cool. I have not really seen much on the iOS 4 default apps outside of Maps and Mail. For those that have iOS 4 GM, any major changes to the other default apps like YouTube (to match their site redesign), Compass, iPod etc.?
      I haven't noticed anything new with YouTube, haven't added music yet so I haven't used iPod either. However there is multitude of new options in the settings.

      First, wallpapers can now be placed on lockscreen & home screen. You can place two different ones too.

      Gamecenter allowed me to go in without a hitch, and it has that "Game network" feel to it like 360/PS3. Showing your name, games played, and achievements earned, and there's the option of being able to add other people and see what they are doing. Not sure what games are compatible, if any, yet. But can't wait to see how this works. Apparently you can invite anyone on your friends list to a game, and instantly join it.

      Also iPod does have new options inside, such as "Lyrics & Podcast Info" which I'm guessing is simply to show or not show the lyrics?

      Messages can now show a character count now.

      Also Spotlight Search can be customized now, you can filter out what you want and don't want to have Spotlight search for.

      Network Data network changed a little bit too, "Internet Tethering" is back, but it's inside the Cellular Data setting. Which is why I guess the old Data network packages on Cydia don't work anymore. I tried installing one for T-Mobile, and reset network settings doesn't do a thing.

      There's a few other things I've noticed but don't exactly know what they are for yet.

      One thing is for sure though, many of the jailbreak apps that one needed, are obsolete now. Or at least you don't need them to the extent that you used to before. Folders is nice, however I think I had that moment of excitement from installing the GM version of iOS 4.0. CategoriesSB still seems to boot up faster than this. I'm not sure if it's because of the animation when the folder opens up is what makes it feel slower or what. But it just feels slightly slower. I'll still be using it for smaller "categories" it'll help me tidy my iPhone up with genres.
    1. Mp3Supply's Avatar
      Mp3Supply -
      Okay, someone explain it to me, cause i'm just not getting it.

      I'm on iOS4. It's nice, but explain to me what apple is thinking with their backgrounding method. EVERY application is AUTOMATICALLY backgrounded. So it makes the background dock useless, IMO. Why do I want to have the camera backgrounded (maybe to open faster, but no thank), why do I wanted to have my native picture application backgrounded, why do i want to have my CLOCK backgrounded. Every application you open is automatically backgrounded. What am I missing here!?!?

      They've basically just made a dock of dock of recently used applications you have opened.

      Atleast with Backgrounder I could choose to background what i wanted, now i have no choice.. EVERYTHING is backgrounded as soon as you open it..
    1. Mrinfame's Avatar
      Mrinfame -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mp3Supply View Post
      Okay, someone explain it to me, cause i'm just not getting it.

      I'm on iOS4. It's nice, but explain to me what apple is thinking with their backgrounding method. EVERY application is AUTOMATICALLY backgrounded. So it makes the background dock useless, IMO. Why do I want to have the camera backgrounded (maybe to open faster, but no thank), why do I wanted to have my native picture application backgrounded, why do i want to have my CLOCK backgrounded. Every application you open is automatically backgrounded. What am I missing here!?!?

      They've basically just made a dock of dock of recently used applications you have opened.

      Atleast with Backgrounder I could choose to background what i wanted, now i have no choice.. EVERYTHING is backgrounded as soon as you open it..
      yea i noticed that too but i guess that what they figured to do in order to not waste the battery as opposed to cydia backgrounder that uses more battery energy
    1. RaiV3R's Avatar
      RaiV3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mp3Supply View Post
      Okay, someone explain it to me, cause i'm just not getting it.

      I'm on iOS4. It's nice, but explain to me what apple is thinking with their backgrounding method. EVERY application is AUTOMATICALLY backgrounded. So it makes the background dock useless, IMO. Why do I want to have the camera backgrounded (maybe to open faster, but no thank), why do I wanted to have my native picture application backgrounded, why do i want to have my CLOCK backgrounded. Every application you open is automatically backgrounded. What am I missing here!?!?

      They've basically just made a dock of dock of recently used applications you have opened.

      Atleast with Backgrounder I could choose to background what i wanted, now i have no choice.. EVERYTHING is backgrounded as soon as you open it..
      I noticed that too, and because I can't swipe and open SBSettings right now due to it being incompatible. I have no way of freeing up memory. Once they update it, to me, this won't be so much a problem, because I'll just free up memory and will only focus on opening the two or three apps that I'll be using.

      Still definitely not as sophisticated as Backgrounder is, I like viewing my different pages and then swapping accordingly because I know what's what. But ah, no big deal. I like this one too, it'll save me some jailbreak installing time.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      You people should know how Apple's implementation of backgrounding works before saying crap like Backgrounder is better. Apple has 2 layers of backgrounding. The first one is known as freeze-drying. It's saves the state of your recently opened applications for quick switching. THESE APPS ARE NOT RUNNING IN THE BACKGROUND. When you open the app again, it remember where it was and resumes quickly rather than going through a fresh boot-up. The 2nd layer is proper backgrounding and even then it isn't the app itself that is kept running. It's the services that remain running. Things like audio, GPS, last task, those functions remain running in the background while the rest of the app is freeze-dried.

      AN EXAMPLE: a GPS navigation app can keep the GPS running while you do something else and when you re-open it, it won't have to reroute/find you again since it never lost track of where you are. Apps like Pandora can close all their UI and leave the audio stream running. The app itself isn't left running, but whatever the app was doing is.

      So again, much MUCH better implemented than just leaving the whole app running like backgrounder does.
    1. D_NGUYEN's Avatar
      D_NGUYEN -
      Can't wait for the Pandora update.
    1. loop4444's Avatar
      loop4444 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      You people should know how Apple's implementation of backgrounding works before saying crap like Backgrounder is better. Apple has 2 layers of backgrounding. The first one is known as freeze-drying. It's saves the state of your recently opened applications for quick switching. THESE APPS ARE NOT RUNNING IN THE BACKGROUND. When you open the app again, it remember where it was and resumes quickly rather than going through a fresh boot-up. The 2nd layer is proper backgrounding and even then it isn't the app itself that is kept running. It's the services that remain running. Things like audio, GPS, last task, those functions remain running in the background while the rest of the app is freeze-dried.

      AN EXAMPLE: a GPS navigation app can keep the GPS running while you do something else and when you re-open it, it won't have to reroute/find you again since it never lost track of where you are. Apps like Pandora can close all their UI and leave the audio stream running. The app itself isn't left running, but whatever the app was doing is.

      So again, much MUCH better implemented than just leaving the whole app running like backgrounder does.
      Well said and 100% correct.
    1. Wilbourn's Avatar
      Wilbourn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vandale View Post
      I just cannot wait for it to be fully stable and to public so i can jailbreak it!
      Yea I'm with Vandale. I dont plan on jailbreaking my iPhone (assuming I get to the my local apple store early enough to get my hands on one of the phones from their "first come first served shippment" now that my reserve endured an epic fail) until a few days/weeks until a fully stable and safe jailbreak method is out. I would hate to try and jailbreak it day one with a "beta" jailbreak program only to brick my shinny new toy that Im sure Ill have had lost an entire nights worth of sleep for. Id rather have other try out and test the jailbreak first lol.

      But anyways, I got off topic and this is a thread on 4.0 OS apps, not jailbreaking. Im extremely curious to see what kind of ideas and goodies that will come out due to the new features of the 4.0 OS and the from the capabilities of the new iPhone. Im even more excited to see what kind of ideas will come out via cydia.