Since the iPhone was first released, people have complained about its lack of support for third-party multitasking. This sentiment was further amplified when Apple recently announced the iPad, a device which also won’t support multitasking outside of Apple’s own apps.
The proffered reason behind Apple’s reluctance to support system wide multitasking is that users will inevitably leave apps open and running in the background, forget about them, and inadvertently drain their battery and affect their system performance in the process.
“But that’s nonsense!” critics chant from the rooftops, “users are smart enough to keep track of what apps they have open, and even if they aren’t, Apple can just release an app similar to Androids’ Advanced Task Killer.
We, however, take an opposing viewpoint and humbly assert that the vast majority of tech users are decidedly not smart enough to responsibly handle multitasking, let alone make sense of an app that allows them to terminate processes.
Our evidence is admittedly unscientific, but nonetheless, compelling.
There’s an app on the iTunes App Store called Amazing X-Ray that purports to x-ray various parts of your body and show the corresopnding images on your iPhone/iPod Touch screen. The app is essentially a party gag, and you’d like to think that no one in their right minds would realistically think Apple built X-ray functionality into their products. But then, you’d be giving the public far too much credit.
To wit, take a look at some of the user reviews of the X-Ray app on iTunes.
“I bought it thinking it would actually work.. was I stupid?! Its a huge fraud. It’s not your REAL x-ray, its a HUGE fraud. Don’t waste your money on this. Its a huge fraud. I really want my money back. Its also really unclear and its stupid.”
“I was duped. They can return my money? I thought it was a true x ray. False and buy it now. Give me my money please.”
A slew of other user reviews express the same sentiment, with a good number of them being warnings to other users that the app isn’t real.
And here’s some more proof that most people are technically clueless in the form of a video where a man asks random passerbys on the street what a web browser is. Their answers are pretty ridiculous.
Like it or not, but these users represent the average tech user in America! They don’t know what multitasking is, they’ve never heard of Engadget, and they sure as hell care more about a product that just works than they do about a list of impressive sounding specs. You’d be surprised how many people navigate to CNN via typing CNN.com into Google rather than typing it into the address bar.
These people, my friends, are the people Apple keeps in mind when it designs a product. It might sound obnoxious to say, but Apple’s stance on multitasking is essentially geared towards saving users from themselves.
If you’re not down with that, then hey, that’s perfectly understandable. But don’t expect Apple to cave in to the cries of geeks when the number non tech-savvy individuals are far more voluminous.