iPhone Third-Party App Multitasking on its Way

Posted By James on Apr 08 2010 09:18 PM
Apple may never get around to supporting Flash, but it will indeed be including third-party app multitasking in iPhone OS 4.0.

A source who did not want to be identified told Wireless Week that Apple will do multitasking on the iPhone through a set of APIs that are "written by Apple that allow developers to run very specific bits of code, and ask for very specific bits of data, while the app is not running."

Wireless Week also has learned that music service Pandora was given an advance feed of the iPhone 4.0 SDK and will demo a music app on the iPhone at Apple’s press event scheduled for tomorrow at Apple headquarters. The Pandora app will apparently demonstrate the new operating system’s ability to run the third-party Pandora app while executing other tasks.

According to those close to the matter, this kind of service is enabled by setting up an audio service and a networking service that’s stripped down so that when a user exits the app, the app launches those services that are designed to run seamlessly in the background.

“What happens tomorrow is going to be incredibly meaningful to the platform and a huge leap even it’s not immediately apparent how big of deal it really is,” the source said.

Source: Wireless Week

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