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Apple to Allow Some iPhone Background Apps?

Apple to Allow Some iPhone Background Apps?

Posted May 15, 2009 at 4:59pm by iClarified
Apple may be adding support for iPhone applications to run in the background according to a new report by Business Insider.

The publication has heard that background support might be implemented in two possible ways:
- Apple might allow users to select two apps that can run in the background.
- Apple might selectively allow some apps to run in the background. We assume that developers could apply for permission to run in the background, and that Apple might approve or deny them based on the resources they need and how well they behave with the operating system's stability.

John Gruber from Daring Fireball has chimed in on this possibility saying, "I heard something very similar from a decent (but second-hand) source back in January during Macworld Expo. What I heard then was that Apple was working on a vastly improved dock for your most-frequently used apps, and that there’d be one special icon position where you could put a third-party app to enable it to run in the background. Take it with a grain of salt, though: my source in January described it as an idea Apple was working on, nothing more. The major limiting factor right now is RAM. There just isn’t much left for third-party processes on the current hardware’s 128 MB."

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Futuregator15 - May 16, 2009 at 8:13pm
I would love to see apple support this in thier next firmware. But to help out with the ram issue, implement a feature to were u can background in a sub-sidized state. That way it's easier on ram. This feature would really be useful for apps like pandora, last.fm or other streaming music apps. I'm loving the idea
Joshua - May 16, 2009 at 1:48pm
umm... this is the backgrounder app thats on a jailbroken iphone... lol apple will not allow backgrounding... hence push notifications... (jailbreak your iphone and get the background app in cydia, it allows for one backgrounded app)
Fff - May 15, 2009 at 8:00pm
The whole thing is wrong, the OS can't see whether you are running on batteries or connected to your office's usb What's the point with running on the background, anyway? Does it make any sense at all? Bleeping apel frikies
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