iOS 7: Multitasking

By , Jun 10, 2013

Multitasking app switching

Rejoice, Apple has brought Multitasking to all apps in iOS7. The new multitasking features included new intelligent scheduling, opportunistic updates, adaption to network conditions, coalesced updates, and push triggers.

The new multitasking includes a completely redesigned app switcher with full screen app previews, which will make it much easier to identify running apps. Needless to say, it’s a pretty radical change from the current concept of multitasking in iOS…

Multitasking has always been a smart way to switch between apps. Now it’s even smarter. Because iOS 7 learns when you like to use your apps and can update your content before you launch them. So if you tend to check your favorite social app at 9:00 a.m. every day, your feed will be ready and waiting for you. That’s multitasking in iOS 7. It knows what you want to do before you do.

iOS 7 Multitasking Features

Intelligent update scheduling for apps makes it so that the apps you use the most pull in updates most often, and your most-used apps gain priority when it comes to background sharing.

Using the new multitasking is a very familiar exercise. A double press of the home button invokes the multitasking interface, and a double tap of the application zooms into the app you wish to view. Multitasking looks great, and it’s a huge departure from the run of the mill multitasking interface, yet it still works close enough to current multitasking that it’ll be easy to use.

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  • Boss

    About time it’s not 2007 any more

  • RobertMahoney

    WebOS anyone?

    • momerathe

      they missed a trick from webOS though – being able to interact with different screen within an app (Safari tabs, f’rex).

      As it is, the new UI is nothing I don’t get from Jailbreak tweaks

      • mrloko

        firstly people say say that apple should learn from jailbreak tweaks..and when they do..people say they copied the idea..what do you actually want man?

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        They are learning by importing jailbreak tweaks, so, what exactly don’t you already get with Jailbreak? He doesn’t sound like he’s complaining about them copying…so long as they don’t patent it.

      • momerathe

        take what the jailbreak community has done and make it even better.

    • Damian W

      It is gonna look great on iPad but not iPhone. iPhone has tiny screen for such a huge preview. If I have 10 apps onpened it means I will have to scroll and find them

  • Muhammad

    Now to wait for a jail break tweak that does this

    • Burge

      Try cardswitcher

    • Damian W

      And CardSwitcher offers a grid view, which is a better solution on iphone

  • Tsavo Walker

    Auxo like

  • Dylfo

    Make a jailbreak tweak that does it!

  • Rowan09

    IOS 7 is a great upgrade, it appears as if they add quick messaging as well but I’m not too sure.

    • Damian W

      I am wondering same thing. Mac has quick reply, so ios should definately has it

      • mrloko

        hoping the same bro

      • Ian

        Maybe in a later build.

    • Tom García

      They added it to OS X, I’m sure it will bring it

  • jp2002

    Not for iPodTouch 4th gen.

    • George Hu

      iOS 6 is already super laggy for the iPod Touch 4G. It was about time they stopped supporting it. 256MB of memory just doesn’t cut it anymore. iP4 is probably getting support because it’s got 512MB so it’s still viable.

  • Burge

    another feature that started from a jailbreak ..cardswitcher

    • http://kevinrichter.nl/ Kevin Richter

      and the depth in wallpapers

      • Burge

        That too..did you see the clock icon ! That works…liveclock

  • Muhammad

    Next Step: Multiple Apps running on one iPad screen, like Quasar

    • Gorgonphone

      quasar is dead

  • Steve Jobs

    Dash, multiswitcher, cardswitcher……

    • Gorgonphone

      apple does not have live tiles though..lol

  • CPVideoMaker

    Getting this ASAP *Registers UDID*

    • Burge

      Did that before it ended ..

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    Still nothing to close all apps at once?

    • Paul Meneshian

      Hahaha

    • RarestName

      There’s no need to close all applications.

      Quoted and posted everywhere: “free RAM is wasted RAM”

      • milksop held

        Not if that ram could be used for a better purpose else where

      • Ian

        such as saving battery. ;)

  • Girish

    u people dont get 1 thing!
    there are many people out there who dont jailbreak their idevices!!
    n this one is a STOCK FIRMWARE with all those features!!!!

    • Gorgonphone

      omg i could never ever use a stock iphone..

      • Girish

        ya me too,,,
        thats y im saying for the first time,,a stock iphone with all these features,,,no nid for us to install 100 tweaks nw :P

  • Mysteroy3k

    Android Os was developed off of the jailbreak communities of iOS , all the features we placed on our original iPhone and iPhone 3G after , from jailbreak communities was placed on android when it first released. So stop being uptight when apple also puts it ear to the jailbreak world also

  • Necter

    Good bye to Auxo coming Fall. I am sick and tired of the safe mode reboot crashes it has on iPhone 4 running Zyphr. Good bye for good. Wish I could get my $2 or so refund. Or no. Sentry can take it for the effort tho. But I’m getting ios 7 as soon as it becomes avail.

    • Damian W

      Famous Auxo, the game changing tweak that will make you use safe mode as never before. Farewell Auxo …..oh and Zephyr too.

      Zephyr farewll is truly sincere though, it is the best tweak out threre

    • Gorgonphone

      you have an old slow phone

  • No

    To me, it seems the ‘game-changing’ features Apple unveiled today were simply copies of software that people have already made.

    As many people have mentioned, this multitasking it almost a exact replica of the multitasking in webOS. I mean Apple barely bothered to change anything (similar to when they copied Notification Center from Android).

    Now, onto Control Center. A feature skilled jailbreak developers and Android has been working on for years, and Apple’s version is a step down from Android’s and the ones jailbreakers have been working on, such as SBSettings. From what I’ve read, you can’t even change the toggles. You are stuck with the 5 ones they give you. iOS 7 is a big disappointment.

    The most ironic part about all of this is that Apple will probably end up suing Android and Palm/HP for stealing their ideas.

    Edit: Also the clock icon. It shows exactly what the time is right on the icon, well that’s a direct copy of Ryan Petrich’s LiveClock tweak available on Cydia. Very sad update indeed.

    Another Edit: Just read about AirDrop. The Galaxy S4 already has the ability to share media files with devices nearby via DLNA. I’m having a hard time finding a ORIGINAL feature on iOS.

    • Damian W

      Jailbreak community will take care of all the issues you mentioned. Whatever apple showed us today, cydia will work on this to make it top notch.

      • momerathe

        that’s what I’m hoping. Gonna be a long wait though.

      • Gorgonphone

        thank got for jakbreokaing..

      • Necter

        I quite simply….agree. I’m definitely not sticking w/ default ios 7 when it comes out. Cydia and other debs have my support in tweaking apple defaults to finer tones and modalities.

      • No

        Have fun most likely waiting more than 5 months for an iOS 7 jailbreak. With every update, both hardware and software, Apple makes exploits harder to find.

    • ClaudieX X

      HEY !! NO… IS SO OBVIOUS THAT YOU WORK FOR SAMSUNG. YOU CAME TO THIS WEB PAGE TO DESTROY EVERY POSITIVE THING ABOUT IPHONE / IOS. IF YOU ARE TALKING MEANS THAT SAMSUNG IS REALLY SCARE ABOUT iOS 7

      • mrloko

        lol and he is saying the same shittt on every post of idb

      • No

        That’s O.K! As long as I get my point across!

      • bw00ds

        Well, it’s still true. Just skip over his posts if you don’t like them. LOL I enjoy my iPhone. I also enjoy other perspectives. iOS and Android both have really good features. What’s “superior” is what works for an individual.

      • bw00ds

        Well…much of what he says is true.

      • No

        Thank you!

    • Gorgonphone

      apple is almost done

    • Edmond Koh

      It’s funny that when a new feature is unveiled that bears similarities to another OS, people would immediately relate that to Android. Same goes the other way round. The thing is, codes, plists are all written from ground and they’re indeed original. Though the functions may be similar, but it’s totally a different thing.

      Let’s take for instance an electrical guitar and a bass. They look almost the same; they have strings and produce sound, but they function independently.

      iOS 7 might be disappointing for those who are looking for something that’s yet to be introduced in the jb community, but let’s not forget about those who don’t have a jailbroken device. Many of these features are indeed appealing and groundbreaking for those who are new to the jb scene.

      I think Jony Ive did a fantastic job all in all and it’s only going to improve over time. At least the departure from iOS 6, it sure is promising when comparing the timeline from iOS 5 -> 6.

      • No

        I didn’t only compare it to Android, though. I compared it to webOS, and tweaks available from Cydia.

    • Girish

      hw much shamesung paid you to talk this shit out here??

    • Mr_Carter2

      Umm airdrop has been a feature in OS X for years so I guess Apple copied themselves on that one…

  • Wamid

    I see they have chosen all third-party apps with no “glass effect” on the icons ;)

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    I’m sold by the outstanding integration of jailbreak tweaks (including some basic AssitantExtensions functions), regardless of the fugly icons. Winterboard, you’re gonna be getting more attention like Auxo…

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    Whatever people say about iOS 7, I think that it’s a great evolution for iOS! It actually looks different than when iOS 6 was released last year (6 years ago).

  • Jason Dennery

    I just hope it doesn’t wreck battery life.

    Bottoms line is there is more being done in the background, and therefor the potential to make battery life worse is DEFINITELY there.

  • Greyhound Mom

    Will it let us close all apps at once instead of one by one?

  • @sexyhamthing

    uhh….. webOS?

  • rasengan720 .

    looks like in a way auxo did get implemented into ios 7

  • felixtaf

    You can clear two apps in multitasking tray by swiping up with 2 fingers.. jus tried…

  • Nipplesourus

    The new icon theme makes me want a slap a baby.

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Wow, and we just continue with the fck’n ridiculous need to wear out our goddamn home buttons with the pathetic double press to evoke the switcher. Excuse, me whilst I vomit. Fck u Apple, losers.

  • www.YouTube.com/VlogSalad

    Bring true windows-style multi-tasking!! Two apps open at once! :O GOSH!

  • Vivek Yadav

    I am building an app which exits on going to the background. I have set “UIApplicationExitsOnSuspend” flag to TRUE.

    My app screen is shown as black screen in multitasking tray/app switcher till it comes into foreground.

    Is there a way to show launch graphics/splash screen when the app is in the background during Multitasking tray/ app-switcher?

    Can anyone please let me know how to show the launch graphics of my app during multitasking.