Multitasking on iPhone 4.0 via Expose like Interface

Multitasking: Public Enemy #1 on

With Copy and Paste and MMS Support now out of the way, Multitasking on the iPhone (non-jailbroken) remains one of the most sought after and desirable features for the next major OS update. While it has been rumored that OS 4.0 will implement some form of multitasking, AppleInsider has just reported that the 4.0 software will indeed allow 3rd party apps to run in the background. To switch between apps, users will experience something similar to Mac OS X’s Expose interface:

Those familiar with the design of iPhone 4.0 said that the user interface will resemble Apple’s desktop Expose feature, in that a key combination — reportedly hitting the Home button twice — will trigger an expose-like interface that brings up a series of icons representing the currently running apps, allowing users to quickly select the one they want to switch to directly. When a selection is made, the iPhone OS zooms out of the Expose task manager and transitions to that app.

When Multitasking does come to fruition for the iPhone, users will no longer have to complain about lagging behind other smart phones that DO support it. So, will Apple eventually cave in and allow for flash on the iDevice? Only time will tell.

  • jim

    so what? I have that on OS3.1…

  • Louis

    I should have stressed Multitasking for those who DON’T jailbreak their iDevices…

  • ARK

    So, stupid people?
    Keeping the iPhone jailed is like keeping the peel on a banana while you eat it. You could easily not make yourself miserable, but you choose to do so anyway.

  • ARK

    And no, there will be no Flash because it competes with quicktime. They needed 3 versions of the OS to add cut+paste. It’s not that necessary anyway, all we have to do is wait about twenty years and youtube will be all in html5.

  • Flash and Quicktime have nothing to do with each other unless you really just want to hate the iPhone or Apple, or get political. There are numerous reasons Flash won’t probably ever see light on the iPhone, but Quicktime ain’t one of them, at least not a real one.

    If that were the case, there would be Flash for any Apple product, ever. Flash pretty well sucks on portable devices unless for video. Consider this though: Youtube is testing HTML5 for video playback, in order that devices of all types can enjoy freedom. Flash is far removed from just Video, but it is far removed from portable friendly unless you happen to have a mouse handy. It is meant for computers and won’t get away from that scenery for a long time; by then, however, it may be too late.

    Flash is worse than a non-Jailbreaked iDevice; those who patronise it are like fat campers eating hotdogs all day complaining of getting fatter.

    Whatever the real reasons that Apple won’t support Flash on its iDevice line, it’s only unfortunate that Flash has reached near ubiquity, and that unchecked. It’s pretty much Samsung in Korea and can do whatever it wants, even in reality, quite illegally.

  • ARK

    Oh I agree completely that Flash sucks. It’s sluggish, it doesn’t support right click and it’s erratic at times, but it absolutely dominates the internet, and releasing a device for internet browsing without Flash capability is like releasing a car without the tires.
    I won’t get into why quicktime competes with flash and how much more closed the iphone is if compared to a mac, but do some google research and you’ll find dozens of articles about this. Or just listen to This Week in Tech.
    I wish people would stop talking about html5. By the time html5 is even remotely close to Flash in terms of market dominance, we’ll have long forgotten what an iPhone even was.

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