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iPhone background Apps – it might still happen

When Apple launched their new iPhone OS 3.0 earlier this year it was much expected that one of the new features would be allowing applications to run in the background, but the feedback from Apple was that this would not happen as it would kill the system resources and stability of the iPhone. But the latest rumors online seem to hint that Apple is considering allowing background apps in the not to distant future.

For some applications, such as instant messaging and email, background processing and alerts would be a great additional feature, but currently not available on the iPhone, or in the new iPhone OS 3.0. Apple has earlier stated clearly that it is not an option for the iPhone, but the latest rumors  indicate that at least some applications might in the future be able to be supported through background procecssing.

Apple reconsidering background apps for iPhone

It is expected that if Apple will open up for background apps, the applications that want to take advantage of this feature will have to go through a more stringent application process where Apple is ensuring that running the applications in the background will not have detrimential effect on the stability or take up too much system resources. And given what we know about Apple and their way to find earning potential from all opportunities, it might be that it will be applications that will enhance the earning potential of Apple only that will be able to support background processing.

It is probably the much expected release of the Palm Pre which has now lead to this change of mind from Apple, as the Palm Pre supports running multiple applications at the same time, thanks to what is considered a faster hardware, lighter operating system, and the fact that it is designed specifically for a mobile environment.

Supporting the latest rumors around background processing of applications is of course the rumors that the 3rd generation iPhone will feature improved processor and memory, all vital components of being able to run background applications, and the main reason why Apple has not been able to release this feature for the current iPhone.

Now, it is also rumored that the announcement of the next generation iPhone might be put back slightly, until the end of June when Steve Jobs medical leave is over and he is expected to be back fully at the reins of Apple.

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One Response to "iPhone background Apps – it might still happen"

  1. Jessica Hart says:

    Great write up. The iPhone is truly awesome and I don’t like being without it. This time last year I had jumped in a pool with my iPhone and it was dead. I had to wait 9 days before I was able to buya new one. The phone I had was a cheap go phone. I really love all the games that can be downloaded to the iPhone. The best part about the iPhone to me is the ability to check emails on the fly. Thanks for the information.

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