Apple iPhone’s latest iOS update appears to be rather aggressive in ending background apps to conserve memory. The latest iOS 13.2 version is severely limiting multitasking, claims iPhone users who have installed the same. The abruptly ending of apps idling in the background is so severe that Apple iPhones appear to be eradicated of multitasking capabilities.
Apple Inc. has yet to officially acknowledge the aggressive background app termination behavior in the latest iOS 13.2 version. Hence it is unlikely the company will actively listen to customer grievances about their apps disappearing from the background, and bring back true multitasking functionality by allowing more apps to function or remain idle in the background.
— Global Systems Mko (@Gsystemsmko) November 1, 2019
Apple iPhones With iOS 13.2 Aggressively Terminating Apps Running In The background, Nearly Making Multitasking Impossible:
Apple has never truly claimed that iOS is designed to support multitasking or allow several apps to remain functional in the background. However, several developers have designed their apps to remain functional in the background in an idle state. This arrangement has worked in the past. However, the latest iOS update to version 13.2 doesn’t seem to take a kind view of apps running in the background.
While a little active ‘Background App Termination’ to free up memory could have been tolerated, several users are claiming iOS is closing background processes so aggressively that multi-tasking no longer exists on the operating system. In other words, Apple appears to have taken a rather stern stand against apps running in the background.
Apps closing in the background don’t pose much trouble for simple apps that do not interact with hardware external to the iPhones. However, the iOS update is hurting apps that offer handsfree interactive services. The most vocal group affected by this aggressive behavior by iOS is Tesla’s electric vehicle owners.
This explains why the Tesla won’t unlock any more. App has to be running in the background for this to work. https://t.co/Ly1aGU47vc
— Omar Shahine (@OmarShahine) November 1, 2019
Apparently, the Tesla vehicle, once synced with an app offers an impressive functionality of locking or unlocking a vehicle based on the distance the synced smartphone is from the vehicle. Several Tesla car owners started noticing their vehicles remained locked as they approached the vehicle. A few complained that their doors do not open when they approach with iPhones running iOS 13.2. A simple investigation revealed that the app that allowed the functionality, was being terminated in the background.
Needless to add, it is not just Tesla car owners who are grumbling about the issue. Other users who have installed home automation systems like electronic door locks, garage door openers, etc. are realizing that iOS routinely kills the supporting apps and processes in the background, thereby defeating the purpose of the app. Restarting the app solves the issue, but users need the apps to remain functional in the background to truly benefit from the handsfree functionality.
Will Apple iPhone Users Switch To Android Smartphones To Retain Multitasking Functionality?
Apple has been accused of deliberately and intentionally incorporating “Planned Obsolescence” within each update the company sends to the devices. Updates have known to slow down iPhones, indirectly forcing the users to upgrade to the new iPhones. An overly aggressive background app termination policy, if truly adopted by Apple, is seriously detrimental to the iPhone’s functionality, and could hamper its adoption.
Major new bugs introduced in iOS 13.2:
– background downloads often hang forever and never run
– apps get killed in the background so aggressively that iOS effectively doesn’t offer multitasking anymore
…continuing the iOS 13 pattern of breaking long-held basic functionality.
— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) October 31, 2019
Google’s Android, on the other hand, actively supports multitasking. In fact, several Android smartphone manufacturers openly advertise and encourage multitasking. Coupled with the fact that most product and service companies make apps for iOS and Android, it would a wise decision to switch over to Android to retain the functionality, and avail handsfree convenience that the apps and services offer.