Stop killing your Apps!

I feel obligated to share this with everyone I know again that has an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch…again!

Please stop using the app switcher to “force quit apps”! It’s annoying me that you’re wasting your time and I’m sure the developers that put a lot of effort into developing a smart solution where you don’t have to do this is really frustrating. More importantly those people at the AT&T/Verizon/Sprint and Apple stores are either playing with you or ignorant.

If you’re not big on reading (surprised you’ve made it this far) and you’re not going to read this article here’s the summary:

Let me wrap this up by giving you a quick summary:

  1. If someone tells you that all the apps in the multitasking bar are running, using up memory or sucking power, they are wrong.
  2. When you hit the home button, an app moves from Active to Background and quickly to the Suspended state where it no longer uses CPU time or drains power.
  3. An app may request an additional 10 minutes of Background running to complete a big task before becoming Suspended.
  4. If memory is becoming scarce, iOS will automatically move Suspended apps into the Not Running state and reclaim their memory.
  5. Five classes of apps – audio, GPS, VOIP, Newsstand and accessory apps – and some built-in apps such as Mail may run indefinitely in the background until they complete their task.

Put simply: you do not have to manage background tasks on iOS. The system handles almost every case for you and well written audio, GPS, VOIP, Newsstand and accessory apps will handle the rest.

Do I force quite apps? Yes, about once a week because some apps (looking at you facebook) stop responding when they’re downloading a something (e.g. newsfeed) and because closing and opening doesn’t help (since the state is saved) I restart it so that it tries to download it’s stuff again.