Beth Callaghan

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With iPhone OS 4, Apple Joins the Multitasking Party

Since the launch of the iPhone’s competitors, the most valid claim for operating system superiority has been the iPhone’s lack of multitasking. Both Palm’s (PALM) webOS and Google’s (GOOG) Android have offered such functionality from the start.

Apple’s main concern about multitasking has always been its negative effect on battery life. But this morning, noting that “we weren’t the first to this party, but we’re going to be the best,” Steve Jobs announced that iPhone OS 4 will, indeed, offer multitasking.

No real specifics yet on how the company overcame the power issue, but SVP of Software Scott Forstall took the stage to talk about seven multitasking services that will be available to developers:

  • Background audio streaming
  • Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP)
  • Background location
  • Push notifications
  • Local notifications
  • Task completion
  • Fast app switching

Jobs noted that multitasking will be available only for the iPhone 3GS, third-generation iPod touch and iPad.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald