“Somehow, it has become a part of mainstream culture for iPhone and iPad users to quit all their apps in multitasking as some kind of regular tech maintenance ritual to improve battery life or speed up the hardware,” Benjamin Mayo reports for 9to5Mac. “An understanding of how iOS multitasking works however, shows that this is completely unnecessary to close every app in the multitasking view frequently.”

“A 9to5Mac reader decided to ask Tim Cook for an official stance on whether he quits all his apps and if it’s necessary,” Mayo reports. “Although Cook didn’t answer, Apple iOS chief Craig Federighi did with an unambiguous answer ‘no and no.'”

“Apps that do affect battery life are only things that actually do perform background operations, things like GPS navigation, background music playback and similar. However, you only really have these running when you are using them,” Mayo reports. “As such, using force quit (swipe up gesture) should generally only be necessary when an app needs a hard reset as it has glitched or got stuck somehow.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, if you’re doing it, just stop.

Just use [iOS multitasking] as designed, and you’ll be happy. No need to ever quit apps. – Steve Jobs’ email, June 29, 2010

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