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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Apple to allow third party iPhone Apps to run in the Background?

Until that happens, there is an app called Backgrounder, which allows third party iPhone apps to run in the background. (It is only available for jailbroken iPhones).

Business Insider reported couple of days back that as per their sources, Apple is seriously evaluating the option of allowing third party iPhone apps to run in the background, a feature that the iPhone lacks but one that is already available in some smartphones such as T-Mobile G1, upcoming Palm Pre etc

The rumor states that with the iPhone OS 3.0 expected to be released this summer, there are two possible scenarios:

User’s Choice:

Apple could allow users (us) to select the iPhone applications that we want to run in the background. The user will have an option to choose a particular iPhone application (probably a set number of apps only) and either add or remove it from running at the background.

Apple’s Choice:

This would mean that Apple will give permission to a select number of apps (the request will need to come from the developers of the app) and allow them to run in the background. Since, the decision will lie at Apple’s end; this will allow Apple to have a better control on the app that run in the background. The apps will be given permission based on their resource utilization and its impact on iPhone’s Operating System.

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