Another update for the operating system

iOS logoApple is releasing an update to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch today.  There aren’t many new things for the iPhone but for iPad users they finally get multitasking.

I was reading somewhere earlier about someone who doesn’t want to update their iPad to have the multitasking capabilities.  Why would you not want to have multi-tasking?!

The thing I love about multitasking is being able to use Pandora radio while responding to an e-mail or a text.  Before multi-tasking, every time I got a text or phone call the app would close.  I’m a college student, I respond to text messages instantly but I also love music so without multitasking, I had to choose which was more important.  Responding to the text was more important and then I would go through the hassle of opening Pandora again.

This guy’s argument was getting push notifications from other apps like Skype and Facebook.  You can turn these notifications off and they won’t bother you.  This doesn’t have anything to do with multitasking but rather having notifications turned on.  Multitasking is switching between apps without having to close out what you’re working on, so you can have Pandora on while playing Angry Birds.

Now I’m not going to lie, I’m getting a little annoyed with all these operating system updates.  It takes so long for the update to be installed on the phone so I have to set aside at least 30 minutes to be without my phone and wait for it to update.  Yes, 30 minutes isn’t that long, but it’s the finding the time to sit there and wait for it can be difficult.

The one thing for the iPhone I’m really excited for is having 17 new text message alert tones.  Right now there are only six to choose from and with so many people having iPhones, when you hear someone’s phone go off, you check your phone thinking it’s yours.  I’ve had an iPhone now for three years and this has been one of my biggest, but in the scheme of things stupidest, complaint.  It will be interesting to see what these new tones are.

I do wish Apple would come out with one big operating system update instead of many smaller ones.  Didn’t we just have to update our phones a couple months ago?  And now I’m hearing there could be another update in just a couple weeks?