Steve Jobs on iOS multitasking: ‘Just use it as designed and you’ll be happy’

Invisible Shield for Apple iPhone 4!In response to a MacDailyNews reader who asked whether iOS 4 multitasking was difficult to understand for the average user, Apple CEO Steve Jobs offered up one of his signature quick, short email messages:

“People shouldn’t have to understand multitasking. Just use is [sic] as designed, and you’ll be happy. No need to ever quit apps.” – Steve Jobs’ email, June 29, 2010

MacDailyNews Note: We gave this one the thrice-over and the email definitely seems legit. As we explained yesterday and Jobs seems to reiterate much more concisely above, “The basic point is: Don’t worry, not all of these apps are ‘running.’ In fact, most of them are not. Those 42 apps are the last 42 apps you used, they’re not churning in the background, sucking up your battery life. Think of them sort of like Han Solo encased in carbonite; they’re in suspended animation, so they spring back to life right where you left them when tapped. So, that app list is there for your convenience, not to stress you out, so don’t worry, be happy! You’re running iOS4 on an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4, you lucky son-a-ma-batches! Your iPhone is taking care of multitasking, so you don’t have to.”


  1. Here’s an unrelated question for you guys at MDN …

    I use your Apps on my iPhones and iPad, and they are really buggy … they don’t load properly half of the time. When do you plan to fix this?

    Honestly, I’d have to say that they are the least reliable of any Apps that I use.

    Time tonget them fixed?

  2. It would be pretty funny if Apple had hired an employee whose sole function was to respond to e-mails sent to Steve Jobs, while imitating JObs’ uniquely terse and sardonic style…

    It’s truly hard to believe that with all the stuff this guy has on his plate — business, family, more business — he takes even a few minutes a day to respond to messages. I’m not doubting that these responses come from JObs; I’m merely expressing amazement that he takes the time to engage in this.

  3. IMO (yes everyone has one) I would prefer that the iPhone DIDN’T include EVERY App I open in a recents directory.
    If M$ had done this I would have made fun of them mercilessly.

    How about *running* apps and the last 4 (whichever comes first)

    My friends 3 yr old little girl likes to play with his iPhone every time he looks at running/recent apps, he was a gazillion to look at and then a qazillion squiggly ones with a red minus sign to tap on to get rid of them.

    As a developer I HATE the word preference with a passion that is almost holy but a never ending list of recents? Really?

    Just add a preference no big deal.

  4. I would like to add my voice to those noting problems with the MDN App – it is unquestionably the most unstable app on my iPad. It crashes and freezes more than any other app I use. In fact, for the past three weeks it is the ONLY app that crashes on my iPad.

    Given how quick MDN is to criticize others (ya know those “lazy” Adobe programmers…) perhaps it’s time for MDN to get their own house in order.

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