June 10, 2010

What’s Missing from Multitasking

Marco Arment:

I’ve already received multiple emails from people who are excited for iOS 4’s multitasking because they can’t wait for this to finally stop being an issue, because they think Instapaper will be able to download articles periodically in the background.

It’s painful to respond, crushing their hopes, to tell them that the iOS multitasking system doesn’t allow me to do that.

I was very sad that periodic network requests weren’t included when Apple announced iOS 4 “multitasking”. Fast app switching, local notifications, and the rest are nice but allowing apps to occasionally access the network even when they’re not running would be huge.

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