Forum Question: iPhone iOS4 and Multi-tasking

I’ve read a number of pieces about how to work with iOS4’s quasi-multitasking abilities, but one thing leaves me a bit cold.

Sometimes I simply want an app to close. Period. Or, when I have multiple apps “open” I’d like to shut them down en mass as oppose to the one-by-one method.

Is there a way by which I can completely close an app so that it doesn’t appear in the apps running bar or that I can close them all at once?


— forkboy1965

Comments: 3 Responses to “iPhone iOS4 and Multi-tasking”

    7/28/10 @ 3:32 pm

    It sounds like you already know of the basic way to quit apps (hold down while viewing the multitask list until they have the – button). But there isn’t a way to close them all at once that I know of.
    I think app developers can build in a way to “quit” in the apps, but I haven’t see any that have done this.
    But since most apps running in the background don’t really “run” at all — they don’t use any battery or processor power. So what’s the harm in letting them stay there?

    7/28/10 @ 7:48 pm

    I don’t imagine there is any harm in letting them sit in the background suspended as they are, but transferring good computer skills to the iPhone has led me to believe I’d rather completely shut down an app than leave it hanging, so to speak.

    I do find it rather odd that Apple didn’t see fit to offer the choice of suspending or completely killing the app (or killing them off altogether). Seems like a bit of an oversight for me.

      7/28/10 @ 8:36 pm

      Well, you can kill the app. That is in there. It is actually easier to do it on the iPhone than it is to do it on Android — at least the last time I checked. Heck, you had to download a special app to kill other apps on Android.

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