What iPhone 4.0 Needs: Multitasking and Tools To Monitor Battery Used by iPhone Apps

News | Tuesday January 5 2010 5:31 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , , , ,

However, the common refrain has been that multitasking drains the battery out pretty quick. While it is easy to then demand for a better battery, fact is that despite all the growth in technology, a battery that can support so many tasks on a mobile phone and still manage to last for a long enough period simply does not exist. And that probably was the reasoning behind multitasking not being made available on the iPhones so far.
But Apple cannot hold back on this feature any longer. Apple will face a lot more competition when it launches
later this summer than it has during the launch of any of the earlier generations of iPhone . This is not just because of the Droid or Nexus One, but because Google has promised a lot many more models through this year and other manufacturers too are expected to chip in with their own smartphones. In the face of such a stiff competition, basic features such as these can simply not be done away with.
What this also means is that Apple can no longer hold back on features simply because they regard it as something that will ruin user experience. Rather, the company must complement such features like multi-tasking with additional tools that help the users in making a better judgement on how to use their phone.
A case in point is the power meter in Nexus One (or Android 2.1). This is a built-in application in the latest version of Android that tells users about the power being consumed by the different applications. This nifty tool can easily let you know the apps that are the culprit in case you were frustrated with a poor battery life. Such a tool will not only give iPhone users an additional way to gauge the
, but will also serve as an incentive for developers to optimize their iPhone apps so that they do not become power guzzlers.
Apple may have to soon give in to user demands for multi-tasking; at the risk of a deteriorating battery life. But with tools like this, users can become better decision makers on how best to use their battery.
What do you think? What else can be done in order to let users be able to take better decisions? Tell us in the comments.

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