How to multitask on iPhone iOS 4

How to multitask on iPhone iOS 4

We have spent a chunk of today eagerly playing with our iPhone’s new operating system, iOS 4.

There has been plenty of discussion about iPhone multitasking on Twitter, so I thought I’d post a quick summary.

Gizmodo explains it well:

Double-clicking the home button will open a tray showing all running applications. Switching to another running app is as simple as clicking on it. It works like the task switch bar in Windows or Mac OS X.

This should work on iPhone 3GS and 3rd generation iPod touch. Engadget writes:

The iPhone 3G and below won’t — Steve says the hardware doesn’t support it. Sad face.

As the Apple site says:

Now you can run your favorite third-party apps — and switch between them instantly — without slowing down the performance of the foreground app or draining the battery unnecessarily.

Are you excited? What’s your favorite new feature in iOS 4?

  • EVula

    Given that I've got a 3G (and thus, no multitasking), my favorite feature is the folders. I've gone from seven pages of apps to just two (although I could fit everything onto a single page if I actually tried). I love having my calendar, wikipedia, weather, camera, and calculator apps in a folder in my home bar, so they're instantly available.

    I'm sure I'll get more excited about the typing features (like the improved typo detection) eventually, but I haven't done much texting since upgrading.

  • Dave Delaney

    Thanks! I agree, the folders feature is a HUGE thing for me. I have more
    apps on my phone than I can see, so I normally have to search for them
    instead. The folders will also make it easy for my kids to find their
    favorite apps, and not risk having them tweet you 😛

  • Giacomo

    What about iTrip update to iOS 4 compatibility? Thanks

  • Dave Delaney

    We'll know more next week when our QA team have been able to test everything.
    As the information becomes available we'll add compatibility information to each product page.