As the Smartphone wars rage on it is becoming increasingly difficult for Smartphone device owners to feel secure in their decision regarding which team they’ve chosen; be it team iPhone, or team Android, or some other less significant faction.
With rumours resurfacing about the iPhone becoming a multi-tasking platform I’m left wondering if that means an upcoming hardware upgrade for users who wish to take advantage of this [rumoured] upcoming functionality. Obviously the added stress to the hardware that is a product of multitasking will mean a number of less awesome side-effects. For instance, slower overall phone performance, less memory for existing apps to work with, which might mean updates and with the rumours of updates coming at a cost in the future this could mean big spending for iPhone owners in the near future, and most notably — reduced battery performance.
I trust Apple will do their best to contravene these side-effects but I suspect there to be a new iPhone coming out this summer if this update is more than just rumours.
On the development side the ability to multitask opens a lot of doors for developers. Every time I hear this rumour I nearly jump out of my seat with excitement but after seeing no truth to these rumours up to now… well lets just say the excitement is wearing off.
Regardless of my preaching about my excitement for the iPhone I know for fact that Android is a very good platform. I would love to have access to an Android phone to learn how to develop for it but I suppose I’ll stick with developing for my team for now. Both companies take very good care of their customers and I trust this battle will continue to rage for a long time now.
Note: I suspect if Apple brings multitasking to the iPhone that it will appear on the iPad also. In fact, if you pay close attention to the commercial it looks like the mail app is running over-top of another application. In another scene it appears as if two apps are running side by side.